Department of Political Science


Dr. Andrew Douglas

Dr. Andrew Douglas
Associate  Professor of Political Science

Andrew Douglas teaches courses in political theory and the history of political thought. He is the author of In the Spirit of Critique: Thinking Politically in the Dialectical Tradition (SUNY Press, 2013) and several articles, including a prize-winning essay on the concept of scarcity. His current work is concerned with how the political thought of the African Diaspora has developed in tension with various strands of Western liberalism. Douglas is an advisor to numerous student organizations, including the political science honors society, and is a co-founder of SOPHIA, an Atlanta-area political theory colloquium. In 2014, he was recognized as a Maroon Tiger Faculty Member of the Year.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, Douglas is on leave and in residence at Yale University, where he is an Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center. At Yale, Douglas is working to complete a book manuscript, entitled W. E. B. Du Bois and the Critique of the Competitive Society, which sets out to stimulate a more critical dialogue about how the public values and organizational structures of liberal democratic societies induce competitive behavior, often in ways that delimit good-faith efforts to confront racial and economic inequities.



Ph.D., in Government, University of Virginia (2008)
M.A., in Government, University of Virginia (2005)
B.A., in Rhetoric and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley (2002)

Selected Publications

“The Brutal Dialectics of Underdevelopment’: Thinking Politically with Walter Rodney,” The C.L.R. James Journal (forthcoming)

 “W.E.B. Du Bois and the Critique of the Competitive Society,” Du Bois Review 12, 1 (Spring 2015), 25-40

In the Spirit of Critique: Thinking Politically in the Dialectical Tradition (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2013; paperback edition, 2014)

“C.L.R. James and the Struggle for Humanism,” Constellations 20, 1 (March 2013), 85-101

“In a Milieu of Scarcity: Sartre and the Limits of Political Imagination,” Contemporary Political Theory 10, 3 (August 2011), 354-371 (Joint winner of the Contemporary Political Theory Annual Prize)

“Democratic Darkness and Adorno’s Redemptive Criticism,” Philosophy & Social Criticism 36, 7 (September 2010), 819-836 (Reprinted in Adorno, ed. Espen Hammer (New York: Routledge, 2016))

“Democratizing Dialectics with C.L.R. James,” The Review of Politics 70, 3 (Summer 2008), 420-441


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