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Jennet Kirkpatrick

Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3902
Founder / Organizer, Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3902
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: 

Resistance, Political Theory, American Political Thought, Law, Gender

Research Group: 

Political Theory Workshop, founder and organizer

Gender Violence Research Network, founder and organizer

Women and Politics Working Group, member

Conflict and Human Rights Working Group, member

Political Theory Workshop, organizer

Publications: 

 

Research Activity: 

2019, Liberty Fund, “Henry Clay, the American System, and the Politics of Liberty in Antebellum America,” Panelist.

2019, Liberty Fund, “The Ends of Enlightenment: Diderot and Catherine I,” Panelist.

2019, American Political Science Association, “Candice Delmas, A Duty to Resist: When Disobedience Should Be Uncivil,” Presenter.

2019, American Political Science Association, “Grey Zones of Resistance and Contemporary Political Theory,” Discussant.

2019, American Political Science Association, “Migration and the Wall,” Presenter.

2019, Frontiers of Democracy, Tufts University, Panelist.

2019, Liberty Fund, “Liberty and Biology in Robert Sapolsky’s Behave,” Panelist.

2019, Rice University, “Varieties of Academic Careers,” Panelist.

2019, Arizona State University, School of Politics and Global Studies, Kopf Conference on Diversity in the Judiciary, “Fairness Has a Face: Representation, Diversity, and Law,” Presenter.

2018, American Political Science Association, “Power, Persuasion, and Disruption in Activist Politics,” chair.

2018, Liberty Fund, “Liberty, Markets, and Ideas in the Work of Joyce Appleby,” Invited participant.

2018, Liberty Fund, “Political Economy,” Invited participant.

2018, Midwest Political Science Association, “Author Meets Critics: Jennet Kirkpatrick’s The Virtues of Exit,” Invited participant.

2018, Midwest Political Science Association, “Empire, State, and Resistance,” Discussant.

2018, Midwest Political Science Association, Junior Scholar Symposium, “Topics in Ancient Greek Political Thought,” Discussant.

2017, Liberty Fund, “Civil War and Liberty in the Writings of Henrico Caterino Davila and Lord Clarendon,” Invited participant.

2017, Liberty Fund, “Liberty and Responsibility in the Forgotten Founding Fathers,” Invited participant.

2017, American Political Science Association, “Democracy Impassioned, Democracy Tamed: On Passions, Virtues, and Judgment,” Discussant.

2017, American Political Science Association, “Strong Democracy: Remembering Benjamin R. Barber,” Invited participant.

2017, PLuS Alliance, “Institutions and Abuse Workshop,” and “Forum on Inequality,” Invited participant (Sydney).

2017, Liberty Fund, “Liberty’s Claims on Man and Citizen in the Writings of Albert Camus,” Invited participant.

Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 210Political Ideologies
POS 305Politics and Film
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
POS 210Political Ideologies
POS 442American Political Thought
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
Honors / Awards: 

2021                Nominated Zebulon Pearce Teaching Award, Arizona State University

2019               Virtues of Exit selected for Visual Bibliography, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Arizona State University

2019                Moral Capital Development, Faculty Fellow, Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, Arizona State University

2019-               Recovering Truth, Faculty Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Arizona State University 

2012                Tronstein Award for Pedagogic Excellence, University of Michigan                      

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

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

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

Editorships: 

2020, Editorial Board, Journal of Political Science and International Relations

Professional Associations: 

American Political Science Association

Association for Political Theory

Law and Society Association

Association of Law, Humanities, and Culture

Midwest Political Science Association

Western Political Science Association.

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 

2015-  , Diversity and Inclusion Program, American Political Science Association, Mentor (long and short term)

2013-2015, Faculty Mentor, Natasha Behl, West Campus, Arizona State University

Work History: 

2015-               Arizona State University, Assoc. Professor (with tenure), School of Politics

and Global Studies

2012-2015       Arizona State University, Assoc. Professor (without tenure), Political Science

2005-2012       University of Michigan, Lecturer IV (highest rank), Political Science        

2002-2005       University of Michigan, Lecturer II, Political Science         

Service: 

SERVICE

PROFESSIONAL  

2020, Editorial Board, Journal of Political Science and International Relations

2020, APSA Educate, Advisory Board, American Political Science Association, Member

2020, Growing Democracy Grants, Selection Committee, American Political Science Association Member

2019-20, APSA Educate, Advisory Board, American Political Science Association, Chair

2019, Pedagogical Partnership Grants, Selection Committee, American Political Science Association, Member

2019, Institute for Civically Engaged Research, American Political Science Association, (held at Tufts University), Instructor

2019, Institute for Civically Engaged Research, Selection Committee, American Political Science Association, Member

2017- 2019, Presidential Task Force on New Partnerships, American Political Science Association, Member

Member of the 15-person Task Force established by APSA President Rogers Smith; Tasked with developing policy initiatives in research, civic engagement, and teaching that build partnerships within and outside of political science as an academic discipline.

2018-2019, Teaching Subcommittee, Presidential Task Force on New Partnerships, American Political Science Association, Chair

Convener of a 5-person team within task force that designed and implemented two new APSA programs:

  1. Pedagogical Partnership Grants: grants provide up to $40,000 funding for collaborations between faculty at community colleges and four-year institutions; Houston pilot, 2018-19. See APSA press release: https://connect.apsanet.org/centennialcenter/grants-awards/p4-faq/
  2. APSA Educate: website for high-quality teaching and learning materials online; launch 2020. See website: https://educate.apsanet.org/

2018, Review of Politics Award Committee, Midwestern Political Science Association, Member

2017, Okin-Young Award Committee for Best Article in Women and Politics, American Political Science Association, Member

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

2015-  , Diversity and Inclusion Program, American Political Science Association, Mentor (long and short term)