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Romand Coles, Associate Professor of Political Science and Germanic Languages & Literature

Romand Coles
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Office Location:  409 Perkins Lib
Office Phone:  +1 919 660 4310
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Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, 1988
Masters, Western Washington University, 1982
Bachelor of Science, Huxley College of Environmental Studies, Western Washington University, 1981

Political Theory
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Associate Professor of Political Science, and Director of Graduate Studies. He teaches political philosophy and specializes in continental political philosophy, critical theory, existential phenomenology, post-modernism, post-colonialism, Marxist thought, democratic theory, liberalism, and questions concerning multiculturalism. He is the author of Self/Power/Other: Political Theory and Dialogical Ethics, which examines the thought of Augustine, Foucault and Merleau-Ponty, and Rethinking Generosity: Critical Theory and the Politics of Caritas, which explores the work of Kant, Adorno, Habermas and others. His most recent book, Beyond Gated Politics: Reflections for the Possibility of Democracy, came out in August of 2005 and addresses civil society, social movements, democratic ethics and politics among diverse communities and traditions. He has numerous published essays in Political Theory, Polity, Theory Culture and Society, Modern Theology, American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, Political Economy of the Good Society, Nepantla and edited volumes.

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. R. Coles, "The Concept of Progress and Devolutions of Political Economy", Political Economy of the Good Society (Accepted, 2007) .
  2. R. Coles, “Hunger (of Mind/of Belly), Ethics, and the University”, in Ethics and Higher Education, edited by Peter Euben and Elizabeth Kiss (Accepted, 2007), Duke University Press (forthcoming.) .
  3. R. Coles, "Of Tensions and Tricksters: Grassroots Democracy Between Theory and Practice", Perspectives on Politics, vol. 4 no. 3 (September, 2006), pp. 529-546 .
  4. R. Coles, The Wild Patience of Radical Democracy, in Radical Democracy Between Abundance and Lack (December, 2005), Manchester University Press .
  5. R. Coles, Beyond Gated Politics: Reflections for the Possibility of Democracy (August, 2005), University of Minnesota Press .

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