Faculty & Staff

C. Heike Schotten, PhD

Associate Professor of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts


Areas of Expertise

History of Western Political Thought, Political Theory and Philosophy, Nietzsche, U.S. Feminist Theory, Feminist Political Theory, Queer Theory


PhD, University of Notre Dame

Additional Information

FALL 2017 Semester Office Hours: Tu/Th 2:00pm–3:30pm

C. Heike Schotten is Associate Professor of Political Science and an affiliated faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies.  Her research lies at the unlikely intersection of Nietzsche studies, queer theory, and revolution.  She is focused in particular on the phenomenon of “revolutionary desire” – the longing for radical social and political change – and examines its rhetorical and philosophical expressions within the history of political thought as well as within feminist and queer theory.

Her first book, Nietzsche’s Revolution:  Décadence, Politics, and Sexuality (Palgrave, 2009), examined Nietzsche’s revolutionary desire and its connection with contemporary queer theory; her current work investigates the meaning of revolutionary desire in the 21st century, amidst both the demise of the sovereign nation-state and the rise of neoliberalism and a diffuse, global, U.S. empire. She is currently at work on a book manuscript that uses queer theory to interrogate theories of sovereignty and imagine radical resistance to U.S. imperial power.  

Professor Schotten's articles have appeared in Politics & Gender and differences:  A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies.  She is the co-winner, with Kathy Ferguson, of the 2009 Okin-Young Award in Feminist Political Theory for her article, “Nietzsche/Pentheus:  The Last Disciple of Dionysus and Queer Fear of the Feminine” (differences).

Recent publications include her 2012 article “Reading Nietzsche in the Wake of the 2008-09 War on Gaza” (Philosophy in the Contemporary World) and, with Haneen Maikey in 2013, “Queers Resisting Zionism:  On Authority and Accountability Beyond Homonationalism” (Jadaliyya).  Forthcoming publications include a chapter on Nietzsche’s Ecce Homo as a revolutionary manifesto (for a volume celebrating the centenary of Ecce Homo’s publication) as well as an article that synopsizes part of her current book project entitled “Homonationalist Futurism:  ‘Terrorism’ and (Other) Queer Resistance to Empire” (New Political Science).

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