Wendy Brown

Wendy Brown


Phi Beta Kappa Lecture to Feature Professor Wendy Brown

Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley to speak Sept. 18 at The College of Wooster

10 September, 2014 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – Wendy Brown, Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, will present “Women or Persons? The Naming Debate in Reproductive Freedom Campaigns” at the 2014 Phi Beta Kappa Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 18, at The College of Wooster. The free public lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Severance Hall 009 (943 College Mall).  A dessert reception will precede the lecture.

Brown received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University. She teaches courses in political theory and is also affiliated with the Rhetoric Department and the Critical Theory Program.  In addition, she is a visiting faculty member of the University of London (Birkbeck) Critical Theory Summer School, and a past fellow of the Cornell Society for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She is a scholar of Western political thought, both historical and contemporary, who aims to make political theory illuminate contemporary problems.   

Her current research examines challenges for democracy generated by neoliberal governance and austerity politics.  Recent books include Walled States, Waning Sovereignty; Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Empire and Identity; and Edgework: Critical Essays in Knowledge and Politics.

The lecture is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa’s Visiting Scholar Program, which has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars since 1956.  Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2463) or email.