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William Winstead

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Honors

Office: Monroe 419
Phone: (202) 994-3764

Professor Winstead teaches widely in the field of political theory, including ancient, modern, and contemporary traditions. He specializes in the political thought of Friedrich Nietzsche and the writings of the Frankfurt School, with interests in poststructuralist thought and debates concerning politics and aesthetics. He has presented papers at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, The International Association for Philosophy and Literature, Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, and the Annual Conference of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. From 1995-1997 he studied at the Free University in Berlin with the support of a DAAD grant.


Professor Winstead is currently writing a book on Nietzsche's political thought entitled Nietzsche's Imperatives. He is also completing essays on Adorno's contributions to democratic theory (tentatively entitled "Adorno in America") and the Frankfurt School's critique of Carl Schmitt (tentatively entitled "The Utopian Function of the Enemy in the Thought of the Frankfurt School").

Ph.D. 2001, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
B.A. 1988, Connecticut College

Selected Publications:

(2000). "Between Nationalism and Internationalism," Review of Jean Bethke Elshtain with Fred Dallmayr, Martha Merritt, and Raimo Väyrynen, New Wine in Old Bottles: International Politics and Ethical Discourse, Ethics and International Affairs, Volume 14, 180-182.

(In Progress). "The Utopian Function of the Enemy in the Thought of the Frankfurt School."

(In Progress). "Adorno in America."

(In Progress). Nietzsche's Imperatives, book manuscript.