Omie Hsu is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science. As a political theorist, her work is focused on the conceptual conditions of being political – on how articulations of some of the axiomatic categories of political life and political thought (life/death, public/private, affect/rationality) track adjustments to and strategies of power, while they may also be the scenes and objects of political activity. This is also what her dissertation is about. At the moment, it tracks these conceptual circulations in and between Supreme Court cases and literary objects. More broadly, her research interests and inspirations include bodies of work loosely clustered around, and defined through, theories about democracy, liberalism, feminism, queerness, nationalisms, race, science/scientificity, capital, and affect in the historical present.

She came to Chicago by way of a BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University and a series of electoral and legislative jobs that took her from Amherst to Washington, DC to Boston to Philadelphia to Harrisburg back to Philadelphia to Cleveland to Akron to Cleveland Heights to Denver to Colorado Springs and back to Philadelphia, again.

Courses taught and to be taught in the upcoming year include: Advanced Theories of Gender of Gender and Sexuality (graduate), Power, Identity, and Resistance in the Social Sciences core sequence (undergraduate), Asian American Studies (not quite introductory) through the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (undergraduate), and Narratives of Alterity: Feminist and Queer Histories and Theories through the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (undergraduate).