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Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies
7727 Haven Hall 505 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1045
Office Location(s): 7727 Haven Hall
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Lisa Disch's research in both political theory and feminist theory is motivated by a concern with the power of conventions that are regarded as necessary or natural, a fascination with how they come to be looked upon that way, and an interest in the conditions under which such conventions can be challenged and changed. Feminist theory informs and inspires the way she thinks about such questions, even when she is not working explicitly on matters of gender. Her most recent book, The Tyranny of the Two-Party System (Columbia University Press, 2002) analyzes how, after a robust century of third-party participation in US politics, 20th-Century US citizens not only came to take it for granted that in this first-past-the-post system a vote for a third party is wasted, but to welcome US electoral duopoly as bulwark of their democracy. Her current research includes a project on political representation that seeks to reconcile the insight that acts of representation neither merely reflect constituencies nor originate with them but, rather, mobilize them with the democratic expectation that representative government is government “by” the people. She is also at work on a project on the reciprocal influences of contemporary French and US political theory, with a particular focus on exchanges between Anglo-American and French feminists.
Lane Hall Room 1122204 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI