Dr. C. Heike Schotten is Associate Professor of Political Science and an affiliated faculty in Women’s Studies. Her research interests lie at the unlikely intersection of Nietzsche studies and queer theory, where she attempts to construct a theory of radical political transformation that does not fall prey to the pitfalls of modernity’s seductive yet inevitably disappointing revolutionary desire. Dr. Schotten's first book, Nietzsche's Revolution: Decadence, Politics, and Sexuality, was published with Palgrave in 2009. She is also 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. Dr. Schotten is the co-founder (along with Drs. Roberto Alejandro of UMass-Amherst and Eric Nelson of UMass-Lowell) of the Northwest Atlantic Nietzsche Association (NwANA), an organization dedicated to inter-disciplinary and unorthodox study of the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, facilitated through intellectual community created at the specific site of Massachusetts’ public higher education system. The NwANA seeks in particular to foreground the work of new, young, and unaffiliated scholars, women, queers, and people of color.
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...
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.
When "J" Means "Jewish" Rather Than "Justice": On Zionism, Jewish Exceptionalism, and Jewish Supremacy in U.S. Palestine Solidarity Organizing (2013)
A critique of Jewish-identified Palestine solidarity work in the U.S.
Counting the Gaza Dead: False Equivalences, Distorted Dichotomies, Mondoweiss (2012)
A critique of disaggregating casualty counts by gender.
Queers Resisting Zionism: On Authority and Accountability Beyond Homonationalism (with Haneen Maikey), Jadaliyya (2012)
A critical response to Jasbir Puar and Maya Mikdashi's "Pinkwatching and Pinkwashing: Interpenetration and Its...
An interrogation of the politics of the Beleaguered White Guy narrative in the Coen Brothers'...