UMass Amherst Department of Political Science

Alix L. Olson

Graduate Student

Teaching Associate- Intro to Political Theory
Thompson 8
Phone: 347.452.3855

Alix Olson is pursuing her PhD in Political Theory (and received her Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies) at the University of MA-Amherst.  Her dissertation thinks about the ways that discourses of im/maturity govern scenes of political action and cohere the ontology of our political world more broadly. Alix has published articles in New Political Science, Wagadu: Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies and authored the chapter “Archiving Optimism” in Agitation with a Smile: Howard Zinn’s Legacies and the Future of Activism (Paradigm, 2013). Alix has received the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Student Choice Teaching Award (2012), the campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award (2013) and the Center for Research on Families Fellowship (2013). In 2013, Alix was invited by APSA's Siting & Engagement Committee (SEC) to participate at the annual meeting in a roundtable on the social responsibility of APSA and the profession. This year, Alix was awarded the New Political Science Christian Bay Award for the APSA paper that "best exemplifies the goal of NPS: making the study of politics relevant to the struggle for a better world." She is currently the Caucus Representative for New Political Science. Alix also is an internationally touring spoken word artist who has produced three CD's and books of poetry and an award-winning documentary film Left Lane. She is the author of a Ms. Magazine cover story, co-author of Burning Down the House (Soft Skull Press, 2003) and is the editor of Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution (Seal Press, 2007). For this work, Alix has received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Barbara Deming Award, and OutMusic’s Outstanding Artist-Activist. She has appeared on NPR, HBO's Def Poetry Jam, and on Air America with Rachel Maddow.

PhD. Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2010-present; B.A. Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT.), 1997; Stockholm University (Stockholm, Sweden), 1996

Courses Taught:
Introduction to Political Theory, The Art(s) of Politics, Gender, Sexuality and Culture

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