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Simon Stow

Marshall Professor of Government and American Studies

Office: Chancellors 352, 757-221-3048
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Office Hours: Thursdays 2-4pm via {{, Zoom}}
Research Interests: Political Theory; Public Mourning; Politics and Literature; Race


Simon Stow is the John Marshall Professor of Government and American Studies at the College of William and Mary. He works at the intersection of political theory, American politics, history, and literature, paying particular attention to issues of race.

Professor Stow is the author of American Mourning: Tragedy, Democracy, Resilience (Cambridge University Press, 2017), Republic of Readers? The Literary Turn in Political Thought and Analysis (SUNY, 2007), an a co-editor of A Political Companion to John Steinbeck (University Press of Kentucky, 2013). He has published articles in the American Political Science Review, American Political Thought, Perspectives on Politics, Theory & Event, Philosophy & Literature, Post-45, and elsewhere. His work has also appeared in a number of edited volumes including Histories of Postmodernism (Routledge, 2007), Literature After 9/11 (Routledge, 2008), A Political Companion to Philip Roth (University Press of Kentucky, 2017), and The Democratic Arts of Mourning: Political Theory and Loss (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).