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Dr. John McMahon

Associate Professor of Political Science

John McMahon teaches courses on political thought and the politics of race and gender. He enjoys teaching classes that challenge us to think about the fundamental questions of political life, and that use political ideas to help us think more critically about our own politics today. In addition to courses supporting the political science and law and justice majors, his teaching also engages Africana studies, gender and women’s studies, the Honors Center and Cardinal Foundation seminars. 

Originally from Colorado, Dr. McMahon joined SUNY Plattsburgh in 2018. Prior to that, he received his Ph.D. in Political Science, with a certificate in women’s studies, from The Graduate Center, CUNY, and was visiting assistant professor of political science at Beloit College in Wisconsin. His research interests include modern and contemporary political theory, feminist thought, Black political thought, political theories of work, labor, and neoliberalism, and the politics of emotion and affect. He has published in journals such as Political Theory, Contemporary Political Theory, Polity, Journal of Political Science Education and more. 

Outside of work, Dr. McMahon enjoys bicycling, live music, listening to and creating podcasts, tv and film, chess and spending time with his cat Larry. 

For more about Dr. McMahon, please visit his personal website.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Political Science, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY
    • M.A., International Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Denver, CO
    • B.A., International Studies and Russian, University of Denver, Denver, CO
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