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Jennet Kirkpatrick

Biography

Jennet Kirkpatrick is Associate Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on American political thought, with an emphasis on social movements, law, and social change. her first book, "Uncivil Disobedience" (Princeton University Press), examines the role that violence and terrorism have played in the exercise of democratic ideals in America. 

Her second book, "The Virtues of Exit" (University of North Carolina Press) raises a question about a well-established tenet of democratic theory. Democracies rely on civic participation; they need citizens to act (to vote, to serve on juries, to run for office, and so on) in order to function and to possess political legitimacy. Do democracies also need citizens who purposefully opt out of politics? She investigates this question by looking at a range of cases, including Thoreau's decamping to Walden, narratives of American slaves who escaped slavery, and the lives of political exiles. 

Her other interests include law and society, morality and politics, and feminist theory.

Education
  • Ph.D. Political Science, Rutgers University 2002
  • B.A. Politics (Magna Cum Laude), Mount Holyoke College 1992 

 

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Research Interests

Political Theory, American Political Thought, Law, Gender

Research Group

Women and Politics Working Group, member

Conflict and Human Rights Working Group, member

Political Theory Workshop, organizer

Publications
  • Jennet Kirkpatrick, 2017, The Virtues of Exit: On Resistance and Quitting Politics, University of North Carolina Press, 
  • Jennet Kirkpatrick, 2008, Uncivil Disobedience: Studies in Violence and Democratic Politics, Princeton University Press.
  • Jennet Kirkpatrick, 2016, “Walking Away With Thoreau: The Pleasures and Risks of Exit,” American Political Thought, vol. 5, no. 3, 446-466.
  • Jennet Kirkpatrick, 2015, “Exit out of Athens? Migration and Obligation in Plato’s Crito,” Political Theory, vol. 43, no. 3, 356-379.
  • Jennet Kirkpatrick, 2012, “Democracy on the Lam: Crisis, Constitutionalism, and Extra Legality,” Contemporary Political Theory, 11, 264-284.
  • Jennet Kirkpatrick, 2011, “The Prudent Dissident: Unheroic Resistance Sophocles’ Antigone, The Review of Politics, vol. 73, no. 3, 401-424.
  • Jennet Kirkpatrick, 2010, “Selling Out? Solidarity and Choice in the American Feminist Movement,” Symposium Introduction, “Women’s Choices and the Future of Feminism,” Perspectives on Politics, vol. 8, no. 1, 241-245.
  • Jennet Kirkpatrick, 2009, “Come A Little Closer: Citizens, Law, and Identification,” Law, Culture and the Humanities, vol. 5, no. 2, 216-227.
  • Jennet Kirkpatrick and Ian Robinson, 2005, “Fighting to be Fired (But Only with Just Cause): The Unionization of Nontenure-Track Faculty,” Dissent, vol. 52, no. 1, Winter, 72-76.

 

Research Activity
  • Jennet Kirkpatrick, “Resistant Exit,” revise and resubmit, Contemporary Political Theory, revisions submitted October 2017.

  • Jennet Kirkpatrick, “Benjamin R. Barber: The Headstrong Democrat,” Contemporary Political Theory, invited contribution. 

 

Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 210Political Ideologies
POS 305Politics and Film
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 442American Political Thought
POS 475Morality and Politics
JHR 598Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 210Political Ideologies
POS 442American Political Thought
POS 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 442American Political Thought
POS 590Reading and Conference
JHR 598Special Topics
POS 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 210Political Ideologies
POS 470Law and the Political Order
POS 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 442American Political Thought
POS 590Reading and Conference
POS 790Reading and Conference
POS 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 442American Political Thought
POS 475Morality and Politics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
JHR 592Research
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
JHR 592Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 442American Political Thought
POS 470Law and the Political Order
MAS 598Special Topics
JHR 598Special Topics
Presentations
  • Jennet Kirkpatrick. Commentator, First Book Manuscript. Association for Political Thought (Oct 2014).
  • Jennet Kirkpatrick. "Walking Away With Thoreau: The Pleasures and Risks of Exit.". American Political Science Association (Sep 2014).
  • Jennet Kirkpatrick. "Flight as Fight: Exit as a Form of Resistance.". Western Political Science Association (Apr 2014).
  • Jennet Kirkpatrick. "Democracy as Resistance, Resistance as Democracy". Western Political Science Association (Apr 2014).
  • Jennet Kirkpatrick. "Exit out of Athens? Migration and Obligation in Plato’s Crito,". Department Seminar, School of Politics and Global Studies (Tempe) (Apr 2014).
Honors / Awards

2012                 Tronstein Award for Pedagogic Excellence, University of Michigan            

2010-2012       University of Michigan, Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center

2010-2011       University of California, Berkeley, Visiting Scholar, Political Science

2010                Professional Development Grant, University of Michigan                    

2009                Professional Development Grant, University of Michigan    

2007                Nominated Tronstein Award for Pedagogic Excellence, Univ. of Michigan

2005-2006       Institute for Advanced Study, Visitor                                                

2005-2006       Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University, Visitor

2005                Professional Development Grant, University of Michigan

2002                Finalist Society of Fellows, University of Michigan                                      

2001                Law and Society Graduate Student Workshop, Law and Society Association

2000                Dissertation Fellowship, Rutgers University                                                 

2000                Mary E. Woolley Graduate Fellowship, Mount Holyoke College                 

2000                Donald G. Morgan Graduate Fellowship, Mount Holyoke College              

1994                PRC Graduate Fellowship, PRC Corporation            

1992                Phi Beta Kappa, Mount Holyoke College       

Professional Associations

American Political Science Association, Association for Political Theory, Law and Society Association, Association of Law, Humanities, and Culture, Western Political Science Association.

Service

2016, Program Chair, Political Thought: Historical Approaches, Western Political Science Association (24 panels).

 

2015, Speaker, Mentoring Networking Reception, Diversity and Inclusion Program, American Political Science Association.

 

2015-  , Mentor, Diversity and Inclusion Program, American Political Science Association.

 

Reviewer: American Journal of Political Science, Political Theory, American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, Politics and Gender, Contemporary Political Theory, New Political Science, Journal for Environment and Development,  Oxford University Press, Polity, Political Research Quarterly.