Bonnie Honig is Nancy Duke Lewis Professor in the depts. of Modern Culture and Media (MCM) and Political Science at Brown University. She is author of Political Theory and the Displacement of Politics (Cornell, 1993), Democracy and the Foreigner (Princeton, 2001), Emergency Politics: Paradox, Law, Democracy (Princeton, 2009), Antigone, Interrupted (Cambridge University Press, 2013), and Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair, (Fordham University Press, 2017). She has edited or co-edited: Feminist Interpretations of Hannah Arendt (Penn State, 1995), Skepticism, Individuality and Freedom: The Reluctant Liberalism of Richard Flathman (Minnesota, 2002) the Oxford Handbook of Political Thought (Oxford, 2006) and, most recently, Politics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von Trier (Oxford, 2016). She is currently at work on a new project called Theaters of Refusal, to be delivered as the Flexner lectures at Bryn Mawr College in the fall of 2017 and to be published by Harvard University Press. In 2017-18 she is serving as the Inaugural Cranor Phi Beta Kappa Scholar.
|Honig, B. Public Things: Jonathan Lear's Radical Hope, Lars von Trier's Melancholia, and the Democratic Need. Political Research Quarterly. 2015; 68 (3) : 623-636.|
|Honig, B. Three Models of Emergency Politics. boundary 2. 2014; 41 (2) : 45-70.|
|Honig, Bonnie “Antigone, After the Fall”. Int class trad. 2014; 21 (3) : 326-335.|
|Honig, Bonnie Juncture interview: Bonnie Honig . Public Policy Research. 2013; 19 (4) : 226-234.|
|Honig, B. "[Un]Dazzled by the Ideal?": Tully's Politics and Humanism in Tragic Perspective. Political Theory. 2011; 39 (1) : 138-144.|
|Honig, B. Review article: The politics of ethos: Stephen White The Ethos of a Late-Modern Citizen. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009. European Journal of Political Theory. 2011; 10 (3) : 422-429.|
|Bonnie Honig, None Antigone's Two Laws: Greek Tragedy and the Politics of Humanism. New Literary History. 2010; 41 (1) : 1-33.|
|Honig, B. Antigone's Laments, Creon's Grief: Mourning, Membership, and the Politics of Exception. Political Theory. 2009; 37 (1) : 5-43.|
|Honig, B. Review Essay: What Foucault Saw at the Revolution: On the Use and Abuse of Theology for Politics. Political Theory. 2008; 36 (2) : 301-312.|
|Bonnie Honig, None The Miracle of Metaphor: Rethinking the State of Exception with Rosenzweig and Schmitt. diacritics. 2008; 37 (2-3) : 78-102.|
|HONIG, BONNIE Between Decision and Deliberation: Political Paradox in Democratic Theory. American Political Science Review. 2007; 101 (01) : 1.|
I work at the intersection of political theory and cultural studies, focusing on received scripts that limit or launch collective action in democratic settings. What are the necessary conditions of action in concert? How do inheritances of language, imagery, history, and ideas thwart or enable the defense of just institutions, and/or help to enable emancipatory actions and imagined alternatives to current unjust arrangements? Such questions motivate work I have done with the canon of political theory (Kant to Rawls), with the films of Lars von Trier, classical dramas from the Antigone to the Bacchae, Melville’s Moby-Dick, and more. Currently of interest to me – and orienting my work going forward -- are theoretical works by Deleuze and Guattari, Hannah Arendt, Giorgio Agamben and Adriana Cavarero.
|1989||PhD||The Johns Hopkins University|
|1981||MSc||London School of Economics|
Affiliated Research Professor, American Bar Foundation, Chicago
Member, American Political Science Association
2013/14 Faculty board, Cogut Humanities Center, Brown University
2012 - Member, Editorial Board, Political Concepts
2009-2011 Program co-chair, 2011 APSA Annual Convention, Seattle, WA
2010 Member, editorial board, boundary2
2009, ongoing Future Citizenship Network, http://www.futurecitizenship.com
2008, ongoing Member, editorial board, Ethics & Global Politics, ed. Sofia Näsström Stockholm University.
2005, ongoing Honorary member, international advisory board, Culture and Politics: An International Journal of Theory
Political Theory, Book Review Editor, Political Theory, 2000 -- 2003.
Section Organizer, the Foundations of Political Thought panels for the 1999 American Political Science Association meetings.
I teach in the areas of Political theory, feminist theory, gender and cultural studies, the politics of film and literature. Some examples:
"Democracy Among the Ruins" is a course focused mostly on Tocqueville's Democracy in America and Melville's Moby-Dick.
Greek Tragedy in Politics, Literature and Film is a course focused on Sophocles' Antigone in its 5th c context and the role it plays in later philosophy, culture and film from the 19th tot he 21st centuries.
Graduate Courses on precarity and resilience include one on Hannah Arendt (co-taught with Ariella Azoulay) and another focused on Greek tragedy, Nietzsche and DW Winnicott.
|ENGL 2901C - Pedestrian Theory: Walking, Working, Waking|
|GNSS 2010J - Pembroke Research Seminar in Feminist Theory: Anti-War! Theaters of War/Politics of Refusal|
|GNSS 2020J - Pembroke Research Seminar in Feminist Theory: Anti-War! Theaters of War/Politics of Refusal|
|MCM 1504Z - Civil Disobedience The Politics of Conscience|
|MCM 2110L - Pedestrian Theory: Walking, Working, Waking|
|POLS 2035 - Contemporary Political Theory|
|POLS 2121 - Writing and Methods in Political Theory I|