Shannon Mariotti

Notable Achievements

Professor of Political Science Shannon Mariotti coorganized a mini-conference on “The Politics of the Mindful Revolution” for the upcoming Western Political Science Association conference. Some panels explore how mindfulness and meditation can be coopted by neoliberal capitalism while other panels emphasize how Buddhist modernism contains countercultural strategies for progressive social change. Some panels assess the dangers of Buddhist modernism becoming a white-washed form of cultural appropriation while other panels analyze how meditation and mindfulness practices play vital roles in sustaining social movements generally and racial justice and abolitionist movements in particular. Some panels explore how mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhist modernism can be a valuable part of feminist theory and practice while other panels see these practices as less accessible and more exclusionary. The conference draws together over 30 scholars from interdisciplinary fields in the U.S. and internationally to consider these questions at the intersection of meditation, mindfulness, and politics.

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Expertise

19th Century American Transcendentalism, American Political Thought, 20th century Critical Social Theory, Democratic Theory, Buddhist Political Theory

Shannon Mariotti is Professor of Political Science at Southwestern University. She is the author of Adorno and Democracy: The American Years (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2016) and Thoreau’s Democratic Withdrawal: Alienation, Participation, and Modernity (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010). She is also co-editor of A Political Companion to Marilynne Robinson (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2016). She has published articles on Adorno, Thoreau, Emerson, and Du Bois in journals such as Political Theory and Telos and volumes such as A Political Companion to Henry David Thoreau. Her research focuses on 19th century American transcendental thought, 20th century critical social theory, and an emerging area of study in Buddhist political theory. Her current book project is titled The Experience of Democracy: The Political Value of Buddhist Modernism.

UNIVERSITIES AND DEGREES

Cornell University, Ph.D. in Government (Political Theory; Gender Politics), August 2006

Cornell University, M.A. in Government, May 2004

The University of Texas at Austin, M.A. in Government, May 2001

American University, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, May 1999, (Communication, Law, Economics, and Government)

  • Shannon Mariotti is Professor of Political Science at Southwestern University. She is the author of Adorno and Democracy: The American Years (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2016) and Thoreau’s Democratic Withdrawal: Alienation, Participation, and Modernity (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010). She is also co-editor of A Political Companion to Marilynne Robinson (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2016). She has published articles on Adorno, Thoreau, Emerson, and Du Bois in journals such as Political Theory and Telos and volumes such as A Political Companion to Henry David Thoreau. Her research focuses on 19th century American transcendental thought, 20th century critical social theory, and an emerging area of study in Buddhist political theory. Her current book project is titled The Experience of Democracy: The Political Value of Buddhist Modernism.

    UNIVERSITIES AND DEGREES

    Cornell University, Ph.D. in Government (Political Theory; Gender Politics), August 2006

    Cornell University, M.A. in Government, May 2004

    The University of Texas at Austin, M.A. in Government, May 2001

    American University, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, May 1999, (Communication, Law, Economics, and Government)

  • BOOKS

    Adorno and Democracy: The American Years. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2016).

    A Political Companion to Marilynne Robinson. Co-edited with Joseph Lane. Part of the Political Companions to Great American Authors series. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2016).

    Thoreau’s Democratic Withdrawal: Alienation, Participation, and Modernity (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010) as part of the “Studies in American Thought and Culture” series, edited by Paul Boyer.

    BOOK MANUSCRIPTS IN PROGRESS

    The Experience of Democracy: The Political Value of Buddhist Modernism.

    ARTICLES

    The Dispossession of the Public and the ‘Common Benefits’ Clause: Working Against Neoliberal Oligarchy through U.S. State Constitutions,” in American Political Thought: An Alternative View, edited by Alex Zamalin and Jonathan Keller (Routledge, 2017).

    “The Housekeeper of Homelessness: The Democratic Ethos of Marilynne Robinson’s Novels and Essays,” in A Political Companion to Marilynne Robinson. Shannon Mariotti and Joseph Lane, eds. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2016).

    “The Mystery of Experience: Marilynne Robinson’s Political Theory,” by Shannon Mariotti and Joseph Lane, in A Political Companion to Marilynne Robinson. Shannon Mariotti and Joseph Lane, eds. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2016).

    “Adorno on the Radio: Democratic Leadership as Democratic Pedagogy,” Political Theory, 42:4 (2014).

    “Melville and the Cadaverous Triumphs of Transcendentalism,” in A Political Companion to Melville. Jason Frank, ed. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2014).

    “Emerson’s Transcendental Gaze and the ‘Disagreeable Particulars’ of Slavery: Vision and the Costs of Idealism,” in A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Alan M. Levine and Daniel S. Malachuk, eds. (Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky Press, 2011).

    “Damaged Life as Exuberant Vitality in America: Adorno, Alienation and the Psychic Economy,” TELOS, Special Issue: Adorno in America (Winter 2009).

    “The Death of the First-born Son: Emerson’s Focal Distancing, Du Bois’ Second Sight, and Disruptive Particularity,” Political Theory, 37: 3 (June 2009).

    “Thoreau, Adorno, and the Critical Potential of Particularity” in A Political Companion to Henry David Thoreau. Jack Turner, ed. (Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2009).

    REPRINTED ARTICLES

    “Adorno on the Radio: Democratic Leadership as Democratic Pedagogy,” Political Theory, 42:4 (2014). Reprinted in Theodor W. Adorno II, edited by Espen Hammer (Routledge, 2016).

    An excerpt from Adorno and Democracy: The American Years, reprinted in Die Dialektik der Aufklarung in Amerika, under contract and forthcoming from Leipzig University Press in 2017.

    REFERENCE WORKS

    “Henry David Thoreau” in The Encyclopedia of Political Thought (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

    “Ralph Waldo Emerson,” in The Encyclopedia of Political Thought (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

    BOOK REVIEWS

    A review of Gary A. Mullen’s Adorno on Politics after Auschwitz, for Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, forthcoming 2017.

    A review of Robyn Marasco’s The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory After Hegel, for the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, July 2016.

    “Communicating to the Demos,” a review of Gerhard Schweppenhauser’s Theodor W. Adorno: an introduction, translated by James Rolleston (Duke University Press, 2009), in Review of Politics, 72:3 (September 2010).

    “Critique from the Margins: Adorno and the Politics of Withdrawal” in Political Theory, June 2008, Volume 36, No. 3


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