Alyson Cole is a Professor of Political Science, Women’s & Gender Studies, and American Studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her scholarship bridges political theory and American politics/culture, linking central questions of political thought — formulations of justice, the nature of vulnerability, precarity and subjugation, and the possibility of resistance — with an examination of ideology, rhetoric, and law. Cole is the author of The Cult of True Victimhood: From the War on Welfare to the War on Terror  (Stanford University Press), as well as articles in journals such as Signs, American Studies, Gender, Work & Organization, and Critical Horizons. Co-editor of philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, and a principal scholar in the Vulnerable & Dynamic Forms of Life International Network of Research, Cole also serves as Executive Officer of the PhD/MA Program in Political Science at the Graduate Center.


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