Shannon Mariotti

Notable Achievements

Professor of Political Science Shannon Mariotti gave an invited lecture at Texas Christian University on April 13. Her talk drew from her recently completed book manuscript titled Contemplative Democracy: Embodied Social Change as Ordinary Political Theory, currently under review with Oxford University Press.

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Expertise

Democratic Theory and Practice, American Political Thought, 19th Century American Transcendentalism, 20thcentury Critical Social Theory, Neoliberalism, Gender Politics and Feminist Political Theory, Buddhist Political Theory and Buddhist Modernism, Contemplative Practices, Embodied Social Change and Healing Justice.

Shannon Mariotti is Professor of Political Science at Southwestern University. Her scholarship focuses on democratic theory and practice, with a focus on the politics of everyday life and social reproduction. She often explores the politically valuable modes of perception, aesthetics, and experience that arise from contemplative and somatic practices as forms of embodied social change. She is generally interested in the unconventional democratic value that arises from critical and contemplative practices in seemingly apolitical spaces of retreat and withdrawal. 

She has explored romantic and modernist articulations of democratic theory and practice through analyzing 19th Century American Transcendentalism, and 20th century Critical Social Theory, and her current book project brings these concerns to bear on contemporary contemplative practices. 

Her current book manuscript is titled Contemplative Democracy: Embodied Social Change as Ordinary Political Theory. 

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 contributed book chapters to many volumes and published numerous articles in journals such as Political Theory, Telos and New Political Science. 

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. Her scholarship focuses on democratic theory and practice, with a focus on the politics of everyday life and social reproduction. She often explores the politically valuable modes of perception, aesthetics, and experience that arise from contemplative and somatic practices as forms of embodied social change. She is generally interested in the unconventional democratic value that arises from critical and contemplative practices in seemingly apolitical spaces of retreat and withdrawal. 

    She has explored romantic and modernist articulations of democratic theory and practice through analyzing 19th Century American Transcendentalism, and 20th century Critical Social Theory, and her current book project brings these concerns to bear on contemporary contemplative practices. 

    Her current book manuscript is titled Contemplative Democracy: Embodied Social Change as Ordinary Political Theory. 

    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 contributed book chapters to many volumes and published numerous articles in journals such as Political Theory, Telos and New Political Science. 

    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)

  • WORKS IN PROGRESS

    Book Manuscript: Contemplative Democracy: Embodied Social Change as Political Theory

     

    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.

     

    ARTICLES and CHAPTERS

    Adorno’s Democratic Modernism in America: Leaders and Educators as Political Artists,” in The Blackwell Companion to Adorno,edited by Peter Gordon, Espen Hammer, and Max Pensky (Wiley Blackwell, 2020).

     

    “Zen and the Art of Democracy: Contemplative Practice as Ordinary Political Theory,”Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy, 48:4 (2019).

     

    “The New Progressive Federalism: Common Benefits, State Constitutional Rights, and Democratic Political Action,” in New Political Science, 41:1 (2019).  

     

    The Dispossession of the Public and the ‘Common Benefits’ Clause: Working Against Neoliberal Oligarchy through U.S. State Constitutions,”inAmerican 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 (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).

     

    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).

     

    OTHER 

    Co-chair for Virtual Community on “Embodied Social Change and Healing Justice,” for Western Political Science Association, 2020-present.

     

    Joined editorial board of American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture, published by the University of Chicago Press, 2019-present.

     

    Co-organized a mini-conference for the Western Political Science Association meeting in 2020 on the topic of “The Politics of the Mindful Revolution.”

     

    Co-organized a mini-conference for the Western Political Science Association meeting in 2019 on the topic of “The Politics of the Mindful Revolution.”

     

    Accepted an invitation to serve as Guest Editor to a “Guide Through the Political TheoryArchive” project on the subject of “Political Theory and American Literature.”

     

    My Contemporary Democratic Theory class in Fall 2017 was the focus of an article about innovations in the classroom to foster productive dialogue about divisive political issues in a polarized climate. See Laura Pappano’s “Class, Interrupted,” in the “Education Life” section of the New York Timesfor Sunday November 5, 2017.

     

    BOOK REVIEWS

    An essay-length book review on Thomas Dumm’s Home in America: Loss and Retrieval, for American Political Thought, forthcoming Spring 2021.

     

    A review of Gary A. Mullen’s Adorno on Politics after Auschwitz, for Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, November 2016.

     

    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 Schweppenhaüser’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

     

    INVITED TALKS

    I accepted an invitationto participate in a roundtable on the theme of “Embodying Your Curriculum,” on January 8, 2021. 

     

    I accepted an invitation to lecture at The University of Texas at San Antonio, on February 22, 2018. My talk to the department of Political Science and Geography drew from her current book project and was titled “The Experience of Democracy and the Politics of Buddhist Modernism.”

     

    I accepted an invitation to give the Paideia Connections Lecture at Southwestern University on October 12th, 2017. My talk was titled “The Experience of Democracy and the Politics of Buddhist Modernism.”

     

    I accepted an invitation to present a paper titled “The Experience of Meaningful Democracy: Theodor Adorno and the American Years” at Trinity University, on March 23, 2017.

     

    I accepted an invitation to present a paper drawing from a current book project titled The Common Benefits Clause: Working Against Neoliberalism Through U.S. State Constitutions, at Oklahoma City University, on March 2, 2017.  

     

    I accepted an invitation to present a paper drawing from my book Adorno and Democracy: The American Yearsat the Association for Adorno Studies conference, at the Université de Montréal on April 29th, 2016.

     

    I accepted an invitation to present my current research on Marilynne Robinson, at Rollins College, on April 16th, 2013. My talk was part of a conceptual lecture series called “The Heist: Community, Identity, and Meaning in the New Millenium,” sponsored by the African and African-American Studies program.

     

    I accepted an invitation to present a paper drawing from my current book manuscript at the Fall Seminar of the Political Science Department at Johns Hopkins University. I presented an essay titled “Adorno on the Radio: Democratic Leadership as Democratic Pedagogy” on October 18th, 2012.

     

    I accepted an invitation to chair a panel on Adorno at a graduate student conference, at the University of Chicago, titled “Exile on Main Street: Fascism, Emigration, and the European Imagination in America.” I also presented a paper titled “Adorno and Democracy in America: Countertendencies, Immanent Critique, and Democratic Pedagogy” at the University of Chicago’s Social Theory Workshop. Both events took place on November 10-12, 2011.

     

    I accepted an invitation to participate in the American Democracy Forum conference at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, on May 25, 2011. I presented a paper titled“Adorno and Democracy in America: Countertendencies and Democratic Pedagogy”

     

    CONFERENCES

    Western Political Science Association conference, online meeting, April 2021 – Roundtable participant for “The WPSA’s Experiment with Virtual Communities: Successes, Failings, and Future Prospects.”

     

    Western Political Science Association conference, online meeting, May 2020: Roundtable participant for Author-Meets-Critics roundtables with Rhonda Magee (author ofThe Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming our Communities Through Mindfulness), Ann Gleig (author of American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity), and Becky Thompson (author of Teaching with Tenderness: Toward an Embodied Practice). 

     

    Western Political Science Association conference, April, 2019–“Everyday Democracy and Meditative Practices: Tactics to Resist the Appropriation of the Attentional Commons.”

     

    Western Political Science Association conference, April, 2019– chair for panel on“Spatial and Social Imaginaries: Buddhism in Context”

     

    Western Political Science Association conference, April, 2019 –discussant for panel on “Buddhism, Feminism, and the Body Politic.” 

     

    Western Political Science Association conference, March 2018 – “The Experience of Democracy and Buddhist Modernism” for a panel on “Mindfulness and Politics: Embodied Social Change.”

     

    Western Political Science Association conference, March 2018 – roundtable presentation at panel on “Staying Centered with Too Much to Do: The Possibilities and Dangers of Mindfulness in the Neoliberal University.”

     

    Western Political Science Association conference, April 2017 – “Zen Democracy: Experience, Perception, and the Political Value of Western Buddhism.”

     

    Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities conference, April 2017 –

     “Common Benefits and Equal Privileges: The New Progressive Federalism, State Constitutions, and a Democratic Politics against Neoliberal Oligarchy.”

     

    Western Political Science Association conference, March 2016 – “The Dispossession of the Public and the Common Benefits Clauses of State Constitutions: Working Against Neoliberal Oligarchy in the U.S.”

     

    ACS Gender Studies Conference at Southwestern University, February 2016 –The “Common Benefits Clause”: An Alternative to Liberalism’s Equal Protection Clause.” Co-authored and co-presented with Samuel Kim.

     

    Western Political Science Association conference, April 2015 – “After Despair?” for a roundtable on Robyn Marasco’sThe Highway of Despair: Critical Theory After Hegel.

     

    Western Political Science Association conference, March 2013  – “The Housekeeper of Homelessness: The Democratic Ethos of Marilynne Robinson’s Novels and Essays,” for panel Other Democratic Theorists.

     

    Western Political Science Association Conference, March 2012 – “Adorno on Education: Democratic Leadership as Democratic Pedagogy,” for panel Cultivating Democratic Citizens: Pedagogy, Policing, and Practice.

     

    Western Political Science Association Conference, March 2012 – chair and discussant for panel Promise and Loss: Democratic Moments in American Political Life.

     

    American Political Science Association Conference, September 2011 – “Bartleby and Transcendentalism,” for panel American Tragedy: The Political Thought of Herman Melville

     

    Western Political Science Association, April 2011 –“Adorno on the Radio: The Countertendencies of American Democracy,” for panel on Adorno and Democracy: Complexity and Contradiction, Possibilities and Potential

     

    Western Political Science Association, April 2011 – discussant for panel Beyond Deliberation? Justification, Rhetoric, and Political Communication.

     

    American Political Science Association, September 2010 – “Emerson and the Struggle of Transcendental Idealism,” for panel on Political Reflection Through Extraordinary Experience

     

    American Political Science Association, September 2010 – panel chair for The Problem of ‘The People’ in American Political Thought

     

    American Political Science Association, September 2009 – “Emerson’s Transcendental America and the ‘Disagreeable Particulars’ of Slavery: Vision, Politics, and Idealism”

     

    Western Political Science Association, March 2008 – “Damaged Life as Exuberant Vitality: Adorno, America, and the Sickness of Health”

     

    Western Political Science Association, March 2008 – panel chair and discussant for Affect and the Sentiments of Politics

     

    Western Political Science Association, March 2007 – “Thoreau, Adorno, and the Critical Potential of Particularity.”

    New York State Political Science Association, April 2005 -“Huckleberrying Toward Democracy: Henry David Thoreau’s Alternative Political Space and Practices”

    New York State Political Science Association, April 2005 -panel chair for Political Theory: Challenges in the New Century

    Cornell University Political Theory Workshop, May 2005 -“Henry David Thoreau and the Problem of Alienation”

     

    PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

    Manuscript reviewer for American Political Thought, Fall 2020.

    Manuscript reviewer for the American Journal of Political Science, Fall 2019

    Manuscript reviewer for American Political Science Review, Fall 2019

    Manuscript reviewer for University of Notre Dame Press, Fall 2019

    Manuscript reviewer for Palgrave, Spring 2019.

    Manuscript reviewer for University of Notre Dame Press, August 2018.

    Manuscript reviewer for Oxford University Press, April 2017. 

    Manuscript reviewer for Political Theory, October 2016.

    Manuscript reviewer for Broadview Press, March 2016

    Manuscript reviewer for Lexington Books,April 2016

    Manuscript reviewer for Polity, June 2015.

    Manuscript reviewer for University Press of Kentucky, February 2015.

    Manuscript reviewer for Polity, May 2014.

    Manuscript reviewer for University Press of Kentucky, March 2014.

    Manuscript reviewer for The Journal of Politics, July 2013.

    Manuscript reviewer for Political Theory, May 2013.

    Manuscript reviewer for ‪Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, May 2013

    Manuscript reviewer for University Press of Kentucky, February 2013.

    Manuscript reviewer for Rowman and Littlefield, August 2012.

    Manuscript reviewer for Political Theory, May 2012.

    Manuscript reviewer for Polity, January 2011

    Manuscript reviewer for Political Theory, September 2008 and May 2012

    Western Political Science Association Best Dissertation Award Committee, March 2007.

     

    ACADEMIC SERVICE

    Co-leader for DRAFT (Daily Revision Advances Future Thinking) program at Southwestern University, 2017-present

    Honor Code Advisory Council at Southwestern University, Spring 2020-present

    Chair of Curriculum Committee at Southwestern University, Fall 2018-Spring 2019.

    Curriculum Committee at Southwestern University, Fall 2017-present

    Co-organizer of ACS Gender Studies Conference at Southwestern University, February 2016

    Southwestern University Writing Center Search Committee, Spring 2016

    President of Phi Beta Kappa, organizer for annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture in Spring 2015.

    Chair of Political Science Department, 2014-2017

    Outsider Reviewer for English Department, Southwestern University

    Organizer for Prof. Wendy Brown’s Jesse Daniel Ames Lecture for Feminist Studies

    Social Science representative to Committee Review Board, Spring 2015-2017

    Representing Gender Paideia Cluster co-coordinator, Fall 2012-2016

    Faculty Representative on Strategic Budget Committee, Fall 2013

    President of American Association of University Professors (AAUP) chapter at Southwestern University, 2013-2014

    Southwestern University Feminist Studies Committee, 2011-2012

    Southwestern University Honor Code Council, 2009-2014.

    Presidential Search Committee for Southwestern University, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013

    Southwestern University Admissions Committee, 2011-2012

    Southwestern University Environmental Studies Search Committee, 2010-201Southwestern University Library Committee, Fall 2009, Fall 2010

    Rollins College Academic Affairs Committee: 2007-2008

     

    FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

    Carolyn Peters Sydow Rogas Term Chair in Political Science, 2018-present

    Sabbatical from Southwestern University, for 2019-2020

    Jones Senior Sabbatical Award, from Southwestern University, for Spring 2017

    Outstanding Research and Scholarship Award, from Southwestern University, Fall 2016

    Faculty-Student Research Award, from Southwestern University, 2016

    Finalist for University Teaching Award, Southwestern University, 2016

    Competitive Faculty Development Grant, from Southwestern University, 2016

    Competitive Faculty Development Grant, from Southwestern University, 2015

    Competitive Faculty Development Grant, from Southwestern University, 2014

    Competitive Faculty Development Grant, from Southwestern University, 2013

    Junior Sabbatical, from Southwestern University, Spring 2013

    Brown Junior Fellowship, from Southwestern University, 2010-2011

    Competitive Faculty Development Grant, from Southwestern University, 2012

    Competitive Faculty Development Grant, from Southwestern University, 2011

    Competitive Faculty Development Grant, from Southwestern University, 2009

    Finalist for University Teaching Award, Southwestern University, 2010

    Competitive Faculty Development Grant, from Southwestern University, 2008

    Moses Coit Tyler Award 2005, from Cornell University for best essay by a graduate student

    Mellon Fellowship, from Cornell University, 2005-2006

    Summer Funding Grant for archival study, Cornell University Government Department, 2005

    Sage Fellowship, Cornell University, 2000-2001

    Outstanding Teaching Award, U.T. Austin Government Department, 1999-2000

    Pi Sigma Alpha,the National Political Science Honor Society, inducted May 1999. 

    Phi Beta Kappa, inducted May 1999

     

    PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

    American Political Science Association, Western Political Science Association, Association of University Professors, Association for Political Theory, Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities


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