Nimu Njoya

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Lecturer in Political Science

Schapiro Hall Rm 220


B.A. Macalester College
M.A. University of Amsterdam
Ph.D. Rutgers University, Political Science

Areas of Expertise

Critical Theory (the Frankfurt School); continental political thought; aesthetics and cultural politics; feminist theory; global women’s movements; human rights; democratic ideals; critical race theory; theories of justice and law.

Scholarship/Creative Work

Constitutional Generation: Recollecting Histories and Writing the Feminine with Drucilla Cornell,” Philosophy and Global Affairs 3:2 (2023).

The Progress of Law: Aeschylus’s Oresteia in Feminist and Critical Theory,” Political Theory 48: 2 (2020).

“Dignity as Self-Regard: Reflections on Toni Morrison and Law,” Contemporary Political Theory (2020).

“Dignity as Non-Discrimination: Existential Protests and Legal Claim-Making for Reproductive Rights,” Philosophy & Social Criticism 43: 1 (2017).

“Tragedy and Democracy: The Fate of Liberal Democratic Values in a Violent World,” in Nancy S. Love and Mark Mattern, eds, Doing Democracy: Activist Art and Cultural Politics (State University of New York Press, 2013).

“‘Mindful of the Sacrifices Borne by our Ancestors’: Terror, Historical Consciousness, and the Slave Sublime,” New Political Science 32:4 (Dec 2010).

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Nelson Bushnell ’20 Prize (2019)
Lehman Fellow, Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2017)
Visiting Scholar, Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality, University of Amsterdam (2016)
World Travel Fellowship, Williams College (2016-2017)
Development Fellowship, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (2002-2003)
DeWitt Wallace Scholarship (1999-2002)

Professional Affiliations

Member of the Advisory Board, U.N. Democracy Fund (2018-19)