Mary Dietz Professor of Political Science and Gender & Sexuality Studies

Mary Dietz is Professor of Political Science and Gender & Sexuality Studies. Her areas of academic specialization are political theory and the interpretation of texts, with concentrations in feminist theory and politics; democratic theory and citizenship; the history of Western political thought (ancient, early modern, late modern), and contemporary (late twentieth century) political and social theory. Dietz is the author of Between the Human and the Divine: The Political Thought of Simone Weil (Rowman and Littlefield) and Turning Operations: Feminism, Arendt, and Politics (Routledge); and editor of Thomas Hobbes and Political Theory (University of Kansas). One of her most recent articles is "Current Controversies in Feminist Theory" (Annual Review of Political Science). Since 2005, in her previous appointment as a member of the faculty at the University of Minnesota, Dietz has served as editor of the journal Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy, a position she will continue to hold at Northwestern until 2011. Her current research interests include a study of the gendering of the commonwealth in Hobbes’ Leviathan, an article on the politics of religion in Machiavelli’s Discourses, and a book manuscript provisionally titled "Between Polis and Empire: Aristotle’s Politics." Prof. Dietz teaches "Advanced Feminist Theory," as well as "After Beauvoir: The Turbulence in Feminist Theory."

Publications

  • "Current Controversies in Feminist Theory" (Annual Review of Political Science).
  • Between the Human and the Divine: The Political Thought of Simone Weil (Rowman and Littlefield).
  • Turning Operations: Feminism, Arendt, and Politics (Routledge).
  • Thomas Hobbes and Political Theory (University of Kansas), editor.

Courses Taught

  • "Advanced Feminist Theory"
  • "After Beauvoir: The Turbulence in Feminist Theory"
  • "Feminist Theory"