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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: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00 am - 12:00 pm and by appointment.
Research Interests: Political Theory; Race; American Politics; Public Mourning; Politics and Literature


Simon Stow is the Marshall Professor of Government and American Studies at William & Mary. A political theorist, he works and teaches at the intersection of theory, American politics, literature, and culture, paying particular attention to issues of race.

Professor Stow is the author of American Mourning: Tragedy, Democracy, Resilience (Cambridge, 2017) and Republic of Readers? The Literary Turn in Political Thought and Analysis (SUNY, 2007) and is the co-editor of A Political Companion to John Steinbeck (Kentucky, 2013). He has published articles in the American Political Science ReviewAmerican Political ThoughtPerspectives on PoliticsPhilosophy and LiteratureTheory & Event, Post-45ANQ, and elsewhere. He has also published chapters in several edited volumes, including The Democratic Arts of Mourning: Political Theory and LossLiterature After 9/11Histories of Postmodernism, A Political Companion to Philip RothIsn’t It Ironic? Irony in Contemporary Popular Culture, and American Television During a Television Presidency.

In recent years, Professor Stow has taught the undergraduate classes “Race, Rhetoric, and Poetry,” “Black Power, Blacks Arts, and James Brown,” and “Introduction to Political Theory.” He has also taught graduate classes on the Black Power Movement and American Memory and Mourning in the American Studies Program.