C. Heike Schotten is Associate Professor of Political Science and an affiliated faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research focuses on a phenomenon she calls “revolutionary desire” – the longing for radical social and political change. She studies 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: Decadence, Politics, and Sexuality (Palgrave, 2009) examined Nietzsche’s revolutionary desire, its antifeminist commitments, and its unwitting anticipation of the gender deconstructive moves of queer theory. Her current work investigates the meaning of and possibilities for revolutionary desire in the 21st century, amidst the demise of the sovereign nation-state and the rise of both neoliberalism and a diffuse, global, U.S. empire. She is 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,” published in the August 2008 issue of differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies.
Homonationalist Futurism: "Terrorism" and (Other) Queer Resistance to Empire, New Political Science (2015)
This article argues that queer theory is useful for political theory in thinking about US...
Reading Nietzsche in the Wake of the 2008-09 War on Gaza, Philosophy in the Contemporary World (2012)
A psychological reading and political application of Nietzsche's categories of master and slave morality to...
Nietzsche/Pentheus: The Last Disciple of Dionysus and Queer Fear of the Feminine, differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Theory (2008)
Revolutionary Futures: Nietzsche, Anzaldúa, and Playful “World”-Travel, Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge (2006)
In this article I argue that the work of Friedrich Nietzsche, Gloria Anzaldúa, and María...
Men, Masculinity, and Male Domination: Reframing Feminist Analyses of Sex Work, Politics & Gender (2005)
Prostitution has been considered by feminists as, alternatively, a gendered relation, an issue of sexuality,...
Contributions to Books
Nietzschean Narratives of Hero and Herd in Walt Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles, Homer Simpson Ponders Politics: Popular Culture as Political Theory (2013)
A critical reading of the Nietzschean politics of the Walt Disney/Pixar film The Incredibles.
In Defense of Jack, LiP: Informed Revolt (2006)
An investigation of the gender politics of Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain.
Free Speech vs. Freedom (2014)
A critique of the colonial, homonational, and neoliberal contours that define the "freedom" of "free...
A reading of the racist and colonial firing of Steven Salaita from the University of...
Analysis of the American Studies Association's resolution upholding the academic boycott of Israel.