Shannon Mariotti, Ph.D.
- Professor of Political Science , Political Science
Shannon Mariotti is Professor of Political Science at Trinity University, after having previously taught at Southwestern University for 15 years. 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.
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.
Her current book manuscript is titled Contemplative Democracy: Embodied Social Change as Ordinary Political Theory.
She is on the editorial board of the journal American Political Thought, published by the University of Chicago. She co-chairs the virtual community on “Embodied Social Change and Healing Justice” for the Western Political Science Association and has also co-organized many mini-conferences on this theme.
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