Mark Reinhardt

Mark Reinhardt
Class of 1956 Professor of American Civilization, Chair of American Studies Program
Schapiro Hall Rm 237
At Williams since 1989


B.A. Wesleyan University (1983)
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz, History of Consciousness (1991)

Areas of Expertise

Professor Reinhardt’s teaching interests range from ancient to contemporary political theory, as well as problems of democracy, public space, cultural analysis, race and slavery, and visual politics. His current research is shaped by a commitment to showing how political theory and political science can engage more fully with the visual domain.  Among the areas of particular interest are the ethics and politics of images and the place of visuality within the history of political thought (ancient and modern); a related strand of work concerns the relations between politics and aesthetics.


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

AMST 201(S)

Introduction to American Studies

PSCI 203(F)

Introduction to Political Theory

AMST 302 / PSCI 335

Public Sphere/Public Space

PSCI 336 T / COMP 336(S)

Freud and Psychoanalysis

PSCI 337 / ARTH 337

Visual Politics

PSCI 339

Politics and Aesthetics

Scholarship/Creative Work

Book in Progress:  

Visual Politics:  Theories and Spectacles (Working Title)  

Published Books:

Radical Future Pasts:  Untimely Essays in Political Theory, University of Kentucky Press (2014), Coles, Reinhardt, Shulman, eds.

Who Speaks for Margaret Garner?, University of Minnesota Press (2010)

Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain, University of Chicago Press (2007), Reinhardt, Edwards, Duganne, eds.

Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress, MIT Press (2003), Berry, English, Patterson, and Reinhardt, eds.

The Art of Being Free: Taking Liberties with Tocqueville, Marx, and Arendt, Cornell University Press (1997)

Current Committees

American Studies Program (2010-2015)