Jill Locke


Professor in Political Science and Program Director in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

Professor Jill Locke teaches a range of courses in the history of political thought, democratic theory, and feminist theory. She has served as Chair of the Political Science department and is Director of the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies program at Gustavus. Professor Locke has also published several articles, essays, and reviews and is the co-editor of Feminist Interpretations of Alexis de Tocqueville (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009) and the author of Democracy and the Death of Shame: Political Equality and Social Disturbance (Cambridge University Press, 2016). More recently, she has lectured about shame and shamelessness in the Trump era at the University of Amsterdam, University of Jyväskylä (Finland), University of Oslo, and Macalester College.

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). She is currently working on a new project, tentatively titled Revolting Children, about youth activism and the ways in which the figure of the "the child" circulates in both political theory and activist politics. Professor Locke won the 2017 Gustavus Adolphus College award for Faculty Scholarly Accomplishment.

Professor Locke currently directs the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Program and serves on the College Curriculum Committee. During the 2018-2019 academic year, she will be teaching: Political and Legal Thinking (fall/spring); Sex, Power, and Politics (fall); Living a Feminist Life (GWS 380: Colloquium) (fall); Revolting Children (POL 399: Sr Seminar). 


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

Courses Taught

GWS-285 (Sex, Power, and Politics); GWS-380 (Coll:Feminist Lives); POL-160 (Political and Legal Thinking); and POL-285 (Sex, Power, and Politics)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
POL-160 Political and Legal Thinking 23 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 11 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 10 2019/SP, 2017/SP, 2014/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA
POL-244 ST:Resisting Racism 7 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2013/SP, 2008/FA, and 2001/FA
POL-380 Feminist Political Thought 7 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2006/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, and 2001/SP
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-275 Political Freedom 6 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, and 2006/SP
GWS-285 Sex, Power, and Politics 5 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, and 2013/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
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
GWS-380 Coll:Feminist Lives 1 2018/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.