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Samuel Galloway

Assistant Professor of Political Science

For Spring 2024: Inquiries for the Political Science department chair should be sent to Dr. Rudolf Gaudio, Director of the School of Natural and Social Sciences.

Samuel R. Galloway, PhD, teaches courses in political theory. Dr. Galloway is also a member of the interdisciplinary Gender Studies and the Global Black Studies programs.

Their courses explore topics such as protest, media, biopolitics, law, cultural aesthetics, and ideology at the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, class, ability, and citizenship.

Dr. Galloway’s research examines questions of democracy, sovereignty, and solidarity in contemporary and canonical political thought and practice. Their first book manuscript, Cruising Politics: Affect, Assemblage, Agonism, offers a queer critical theoretical account of how 21st century American politics is being shaped by the fleeting, anonymous, and public affairs of agonistic democrats, from Anonymous hacktivism, to Critical Mass bicycle protests, to Green Wave contentious performances in Latin America.

Their next project looks at political responses to feelings of despair. Concurrently, with Danielle Hanley (Clark University), they are developing an edited volume on Lauren Berlant’s legacy in the field of political theory.

For fun, they enjoy dancing, bicycling, hiking, birdwatching, and playing guitar.

More About Me

For more information about Professor Galloway, including their curriculum vitae, sample syllabi, more information about their research, and stand alone popular audience musings, please visit their website:

Representative Courses

- Introduction to US Politics (POL1570)

- Intro to Political Theory (POL2110)

- Political Theory I: Plato to Machiavelli (POL2170)

- Political Theory II: Hobbes to the Present (POL2180)

- Politics and the Media (POL2210)

- America on Film (POL2610)

- Sex, Politics, Health (POL3045)

- America Constitutional Law (POL3050)

- Race, Gender, and the Law (POL3090)

- Political Protest and Ideology (POL3290)

- The Art of (Culture) War in American Politics (POL3530)

- The Literature of Political Violence (POL3580).


  •  “Queering Amor Mundi: Love, Loss, and Democratic Politics.” Theory & Event Volume 24, Number 3, July 2021, pp. 758-786. DOI: 10.1353/tae.2021.0042

  • Galloway, Samuel, Ali Aslam, Ashleigh Campi, and Hagar Kotef. “Lauren Berlant’s legacy in contemporary political theory.” Contemporary Political Theory 22, no. 1 (2023): 118-142.