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About C. Heike Schotten

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.


Present Associate Professor of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, University of Massachusetts Boston

Honors and Awards

  • Okin-Young Award for Best Paper in Feminist Political Theory (2009)


  • HONORS 380 Revolutionary Desire
  • POLSCI 455 The Politics of Life and Death
  • POLSCI 452 Queer Political Theory

Contact Information

Telephone: 617-287-6920
Office Location: Wheatley Hall,05, Room 62


Peer-Reviewed Articles (7)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (2)

Encyclopedia Entries (2)

Internet Publications (12)