Jill Locke


Professor in Political Science

Professor Locke is on sabbatical for the 2021-2022 academic year.


Professor Jill Locke came to Gustavus in 2000 and teaches a range of courses in the history of political thought, democratic theory, and feminist theory and is currently Director of the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies program (through 2021). During the 2020-2021 academic year, Professor Locke's courses include: Political and Legal Thinking (POL 160) (fall); Sex, Power, and Politics (POL/GWS 285) (fall); Living a Feminist Life (GWS 380: Colloquium/Capstone) (fall); Revolting Children (POL 399: Sr Seminar) (spring); and The Politics of Race & Racism (POL 275) (spring).

In addition to articles and essays in democratic and feminist theory, Professor Locke is also the author of Democracy and the Death of Shame: Political Equality and Social Disturbance (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and co-editor of Feminist Interpretations of Alexis de Tocqueville (Penn State University Press, 2008). She has presented her work on shame and shamelessness at universities and colleges throughout the US and Europe, specifically the University of Amsterdam, University of Jyväskylä (Finland), University of Oslo, University of Southern Denmark, University of Vienna, London School of Economics, Macalester College, and Minnesota State University (Mankato, MN). 

Professor Locke's work has figured prominently in Scandinavian teaching and research on literature, affect, and democratizing processes since the publication of Democracy and the Death of Shame in 2016. During the Spring 2022 semester, she will return to the University of Oslo for a keynote lecture and conference presentation for the the Nordic Literary Studies in Flux research group, which focuses on cultural encounters (multiculturalism, racism, immigration, marginalization) and changing conceptions of Nordic identity. They work in an overall context of Scandinavian literature and related fields such as education, film and media, sociology, and philosophy.

Professor Locke is currently working on a new project, tentatively titled Revolting Girls: From Little Rock to the Climate Strike, about youth activism and the ways in which the figure of the "the girl" circulates in both political theory and activist politics. She has had the opportunity to share that work with colleagues at McMaster University (Canada) and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and will lecture from this project in Oslo.

Professor Locke has held fellowships from the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation (1999-2000), the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at Tulane University (2006-07), and the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, where she participated in Professor Danielle Allen's Egalitarianisms seminar (2014-15). Professor Locke won the 2017 Gustavus Adolphus College award for Faculty Scholarly Accomplishment.  

Professor Locke can often be found out for a run with Piper, her hyperactive dog, or curled up with a novel. Originally from Seattle, she has fully embraced the pleasures of Minnesota  -- winters and all. 


B.A. Whitman College; M.A. and Ph.D. Rutgers University

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
POL-160 Political and Legal Thinking 26 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, and 2005/FA
POL-285 Sex, Power, and Politics 13 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2005/FA, and 2004/FA
POL-399 Sem:Revolting Children 12 2021/SP, 2020/SP, 2019/SP, 2017/SP, 2014/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA
POL-380 Feminist Political Thought 8 2020/SP, 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2006/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, and 2001/SP
POL-275 Race and Racism 7 2021/SP, 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, and 2006/SP
GWS-285 Sex, Power, and Politics 7 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, and 2013/FA
POL-244 ST:Resisting Racism 7 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2013/SP, 2008/FA, and 2001/FA
POL-175 Classics in Political Thought: Modern 7 2005/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, and 2001/SP
POL-165 Classics in Political Thought: Ancient and Medieval 7 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, and 2000/FA
POL-099 Senior Thesis 5 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2005/SP, and 2003/FA
POL-344 Special Topic: Democratic Principles 5 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, and 2004/FA
POL-268 Career Exploration 4 2006/JN, 2005/JN, and 2002/JN
GWS-380 Coll:Feminist Lives 3 2020/FA, 2019/FA, and 2018/FA
POL-280 Democracy and Citizenship 2 2005/SP and 2003/FA
NDL-203 Politics, Literature, and Arts of New York City 2 2004/JN and 2003/JN
POL-360 Seminar: Politics and Sexuality 2 2002/FA and 2001/FA
POL-282 Tocqueville: America 1 2005/JN
POL-390 Constitutional Law 1 2001/SP
POL-290 Jurisprudence 1 2000/FA
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.