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

SPRING 2018 Semester Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 12:00PM - 1:30PM

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 intersections of queer theory, Nietzsche studies, biopolitics, and the War on Terror, and interrogates more broadly the meanings of and possibilities for liberation and liberatory politics within historically still-hegemonic Euro-American constructs of knowledge and knowing.

She is the author of two books:

Nietzsche’s Revolution:  Décadence, Politics, and Sexuality (Palgrave, 2009), a monograph study that argues for a re-reading of Nietzsche as an unlikely intellectual forebear of queer theory and, as such, an unwittingly revolutionary figure in his affirmation of the decay of traditionally raced and gendered bodies in 19th c. Europe. 

Queer Terror:  Life, Death, and Desire in the Settler Colony (forthcoming, Columbia University Press, New Directions in Critical Theory series), which uses queer theory to offer a reading of U.S. settler colonialism as, on the one hand, a specifically futurist formation of desire and subject formation and, on the other, the precursor and necessary ground of U.S. imperialism’s current chapter, the War on Terror.  This explains the unexamined hypermoralism of life and death that animates the “with us or against us” absolutism of “terrorism” discourse, which is a deliberately reactionary attempt to disqualify decolonization as nihilism and evil and must be read as a direct outcome of the United States’ unresolved status as an only incompletely “successful” settler project.  Queer theory, then – as both a political project and a counterformation of desire – provides the resources to understand the connection between these two political projects as well as an unexpected if essential resource for liberatory resistance to U.S. imperial and settler formations.

Professor Schotten's articles have appeared in differences, Foucault Studies, and Politics & Gender.  Recent articles include:

• “To Exist is to Resist:  Palestine and the Question of Queer Theory,” Journal of Palestine Studies (forthcoming)

• “Nietzsche and Emancipatory Politics:  Queer Theory as Anti-Morality,” Critical Sociology (2018; link)

• “Homonationalism:  From Critique to Diagnosis, or, We are all Homonational Now,” International  Feminist Journal of Politics (2016; link to .pdf)

In 2009, Prof. Schotten received the Okin-Young Award in Feminist Political Theory from the Women & Politics section of the American Political Science Association for her article, “Nietzsche/Pentheus:  The Last Disciple of Dionysus and Queer Fear of the Feminine,” published in differences (2008; link). 


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