Nancy Hirschmann

Director, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program

Director, Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women

Email

njh@sas.upenn.edu

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Office Location

Political Science
231 Stiteler Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 898-5656

profile summary

Nancy Hirschmann was Director from 2014-2017. During her tenure, the structure of the GSWS program underwent significant changes, ranging from a new governance structure to curricular revision to obtaining new and larger space. A professor in Political Science, she works in the history of political thought, analytical philosophy and feminist theory. Her newest book, Gender, Class, and Freedom in Modern Political Theory considers the concept of freedom as it developed in the canon of political thought from the 17th to 19th centuries and examines how issues of gender and class affected the dominant conceptions of freedom.  Her previous book, The Subject of Liberty: Toward a Feminist Theory of Freedom, took a more contemporary approach and considered the concept of freedom in the context of political and social issues such as domestic violence, Islamic veiling, and U.S. welfare reform. She is a former Vice-President of the American Political Science Association.

During the 2017-18 academic year she will be the GlaxoSmithKline Fellow at the National Humanities Center in the fall, and the Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, in the spring, where she will continue work on her book Freedom, Power, and Disability.  Previously, she was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College (now the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study), The University Center for Human Values at Princeton University and the Penn Humanities Center. She has also held a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Research Interests:

  • History of Political Thought
  • Modern Political Theory
  • Feminist Theory
  • Contemporary Political Thought
  • Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy

Courses Taught

  • Modern Political Thought
  • Political Theory and Public Policy
  • Feminist Political Thought
  • Contemporary Political Thought
  • American Political Thought
  • Gender and Political Theory

Area of Expertise