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Dr. John McMahon


Assistant Professor of Political Science

Portrati of John McMahonJohn McMahon is a political theorist with additional interests in law and American politics. He enjoys teaching classes that challenge us to think about the fundamental questions of political life, and that use the history of political ideas to help us think more critically about our own politics today. Prior to joining SUNY Plattsburgh, 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, with an affiliation in Law & Justice.

His teaching and research interests include the history of political thought, feminist and critical race theory, work and labor, the politics of emotion, constitutional law, and American politics. He has published in academic journals such as Political Theory, Contemporary Political Theory, Theory & Event among others. He is also an avid podcast creator and listener, which he brings in to some of his courses. For more about John, 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

Teaching Interests

  • Ancient, modern, and contemporary political theory
  • Race, gender, and politics
  • Law
  • American politics

Research Interests

  • Modern and contemporary political theory
  • Critical race theory and African-American political thought
  • Feminist theory
  • Political theories of work and labor
  • Politics of emotion and affect
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