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Susan McWilliams Barndt

Professor of Politics; Chair of Politics
With Pomona Since: 2006
  • Expertise

    Expertise

    Susan McWilliams Barndt is chair and professor of politics at Pomona College, where she has won the Wig Award for Excellence in Teaching three times.

    McWilliams is the editor (with Jeremy Bailey) of the peer-reviewed journal American Political Thought. She is the author of The American Road Trip and American Political Thought (Lexington, 2018) and Traveling Back: Toward a Global Political Theory (Oxford, 2014). McWilliams is also the editor of A Political Companion to James Baldwin (Kentucky, 2017) and a co-editor of several books, most recently The Best Kind of College: An Insiders’ Guide to America's Small Liberal Arts Colleges (co-edited with John Seery, SUNY, 2015). Her writing has been published widely, including in Boston Review, Bust, Front Porch Republic, The Nation, Perspectives on Political Science, Political Science Quarterly, The Review of Politics, and The Star-Ledger.

    For her work, McWilliams has received awards including the Graves Award in the Humanities, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and the Quarry Farm Fellowship from the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Political Theory
    • History of Political Thought
    • American Political Thought
    • Politics and Literature
    • Civic Education
    • Liberal Arts Education and the Small Liberal Arts College
  • Work

    Work

    The American Road Trip and American Political Thought (Lexington Books, 2018)

    ed., A Political Companion to James Baldwin (University Press of Kentucky, 2017)

    ed., with John Seery, The Best Kind of College: An Insiders’ Guide to America's Small Liberal Arts Colleges (SUNY Press, 2015)

    Traveling Back: Toward a Global Political Theory (Oxford University Press, 2014)

    ed., with Patrick J. Deneen, The Democratic Soul: A Wilson Carey McWilliams Reader (University Press of Kentucky, 2011)

    ed., with Patrick J. Deneen, Redeeming Democracy in America (University Press of Kansas, 2011)

  • Education

    Education

    Master of Arts, Ph.D. 
    Princeton University
    Princeton, New Jersey

    Bachelor of Arts
    Amherst College
    Amherst, Massachusetts

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Classical Political Theory
    • Modern Political Theory
    • American Political Thought
    • American Democracy in Theory and Practice
    • Politics and Literature
    • American Road Trip
    • W.E.B. Du Bois and The Souls of Black Folk
    • Senior Seminar in Contemporary Politics and Theory
    • Dangerous Books
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Pomona College: Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2009; 2014; 2019

    Quarry Farm Fellowship, Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies, 2017

    National Endowment for the Humanities: Fellowship, 2016-2017

    Arnold and Lois Graves Foundation: Graves Award in the Humanities, 2014

    National Endowment for the Humanities: Summer Stipend, 2011

    The Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History: Annual Fellowship, 2008

    Lehman American Studies Center: Curricular Development Grant, 2008

    Princeton University: Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni University Teaching Award, 2004; Cotsen Junior Fellowship for Undergraduate Teaching, 2002-2003; James Madison Program Fellowship, 2001-2002; Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice Fellowship, 2000-2001

    Amherst College: Amherst Memorial Fellowship in Politics, 2003-2005; Plimpton Graduate Fellowship, 2002-2003; Samuel Bowles Prize in Journalism, 1998