Robert E. Watkins, PhD, is Associate Professor of Political Science and Cultural Studies in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago.
Dr. Watkins earned his PhD and MA degrees in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and his BA in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. At Columbia, he teaches courses in political theory, international relations, and cultural studies.
In terms of scholarly research, he has written topics such as the political ontology of vulnerability in the thought of Judith Butler and the resonance between Michel Foucault's concept of productive power and Edmund Burke's account of culture and tradition. He has presented numerous papers at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association, the Western Political Science Association, and the Midwest Political Science Association.
Dr. Watkins has published in the journal Political Theory, the journal History of the Human Sciences, and in an edited volume on the political theory of Judith Butler (Routledge 2008). He is currently working on a book that uses contemporary films to explore the limits of the myth of American individualism—specifically, how individuals are always seeking independence in a world inescapably built on dependence and perpetually exercising their free choice in circumstances not of their own choosing.
Contact Dr. Watkins:
Dr. Robert Watkins
Columbia College Chicago
Department of HHSS
600 S. Michigan Ave.