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Simon Stow

Simon Stow is the John Marshall Professor of Government and American Studies at the College of William and Mary. A political theorist, he works and teaches at the intersection of theory, American politics, literature, and culture, paying particular attention to issues of race.

Professor Stow is the author of American Mourning. Tragedy, Democracy, Resilience (Cambridge, 2017) and Republic of Readers? The Literary Turn in Political Thought and Analysis (SUNY, 2007), and the co-editor of A Political Companion to John Steinbeck (Kentucky, 2013). He has published articles in the American Political Science Review, American Political Thought, Perspectives on Politics, Philosophy and Literature, Theory & Event, Post-45, ANQ, and elsewhere. He has also published chapters in several edited volumes including The Democratic Arts of Mourning; Political Theory and Loss, Literature After 9/11, Histories of Postmodernism, A Political Companion to Philip Roth, Isn’t It Ironic? Irony in Contemporary Popular Culture, and American Television During a Television Presidency.

In recent years Professor Stow has taught the undergraduate classes ‘Race, Rhetoric, and Poetry,’ ‘Black Power, Blacks Arts, and James Brown,’ and ‘Introduction to Political Theory.’ He has also taught graduate classes on the Black Power Movement and American Memory and Mourning in the American Studies Program.

Professor Stow is deeply embarrassed by the Government department’s ongoing failures on race and by the naivety and inefficacy of its proposed solutions to the same.