Lena Zuckerwise is a political theorist specializing in contemporary political thought and democratic politics. Her first book, which will be published in 2015, brings the work of Hannah Arendt into the company of several key debates in democratic theory. Professor Zuckerwise’s writings on the subjects of post-colonial feminism, the philosopher Martha Nussbaum, and the theory of foundationalism will appear later this year in the Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Other interests include gender and feminist theory, and the politics of race in the United States. Professor Zuckerwise teaches courses in historical political thought; contemporary feminist theory; the politics of human rights; and modern and contemporary theories of justice. Prior to coming to Simmons, Professor Zuckerwise taught at Wellesley College and Mount Holyoke College in the political science and gender studies departments, respectively. She completed her Ph.D. in 2010 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Zuckerwise lives in the city of Boston with her partner, three-year-old son, and corgi, Olive, who has befriended many of her students. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and cooking.
The Nature of Politics
Gender and Politics
Human Rights: Basic Dilemmas
Theories of Justice
Race, Gender, and Justice (FYS)
I am currently completing my book manuscript, The World is Plural: Hannah Arendt and Democratic Politics. It explores Arendt’s concept of “world” and argues that it is conceptually equipped to respond to the politics of the present in ways that her more renowned theory of action cannot. Currently under review for publication is an article critiquing the public and private distinction in Arendt’s work, as well as another piece exploring the reproduction of white supremacy in the United States through political compromise.