William Connolly

Krieger-Eisenhower Professor

328 Mergenthaler
Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

William E. Connolly is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor in the political science department at Hopkins where he teaches political theory. His early book, The Terms of Political Discourse, was awarded the Benjamin Lippincott Award in 1999 as “a work of exceptional quality that is still considered significant at least 15 years after publication.” In a poll of American political theorists published in PS in 2010 he was ranked the fourth most influential political theorist over the last twenty years, after Rawls, Habermas and Foucault. He has been a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study and the Stanford Center for Behavioral Studies. He is co-moderator of the Blog The Contemporary Condition, where he also posts regularly. His work focuses on the issues of democratic pluralism, capitalism, inequality and the role of capitalism and planetary amplifiers in climate change. His recent books include Why I Am Not A Secularist (1999); Neuropolitics (2002); Pluralism (2005); Capitalism and Christianity, American Style (2008); A World of Becoming (2011); The Fragility of Things: Self-Organizing Systems, Neoliberal Fantasies and Democratic Activism; Facing The Planetary: Entangled Humanism and the Politics of Swarming (2017); and Aspirational Fascism: The Struggle for Multifaceted Democracy Under Trumpism (2017). In 2017 he was given The Distinguished Scholar Award by the International Studies Association for his work on pluralism, secularism, global capitalism and planetary processes. He is currently completing a short study to be entitled Climate Machines, Fascism, and Truth.