Sid Simpson

Sid Simpson

Perry-Williams Postdoctoral Fellow - Political Science

Office: Morgan 303
Phone: 330-287-1947
Pronouns: He/Him/His


  • University of Notre Dame Ph.D., Political Science, 2019
  • University of Notre Dame M.A., Political Science, 2016
  • University of Houston, B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, 2014

Courses Taught

PSCI-23910-01 Theories of Punishment

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • Nominee, Excellence in Teaching Award, Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS), (One doctoral nomination per institution, Region-Wide), 2019
  • Advanced Teaching Scholar Certificate, Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Notre Dame, 2018


  • “‘White Bear’ and Criminal Punishment: How Far is too Far?” in Black Mirror and Philosophy, edited by David Kyle Johnson. New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell. (in press, with contributions from Christopher Lay)
  • Making Liberal Use of Kant? Democratic Peace Theory and Perpetual Peace; (International Relations; Vol. 33, No. 1, 2019: 109-128)
  • The Gaya Scienza and the Aesthetic Ethos: Marcuse’s Appropriation of Nietzsche in An Essay on Liberation (Constellations; Vol. 24, No. 3, 2017: 356-371)

Research Interests

Sid works primarily on late modern and contemporary political thought, continental philosophy, and critical theory. His research interests include critiques of socialization, post-foundationalism, theories of subjectivity, and cultural critique, as well as the thought of Nietzsche, Rousseau, Foucault, and the Frankfurt School. Sid’s research has appeared in the peer-reviewed journals International Relations and Constellations.