Samuel R. Galloway

Welcome to my research and pedagogy website. I have recently received my  Ph.D. from the Political Science Department at the University of Chicago. My research and pedagogy alike are informed by an interdisciplinary range of approaches to the study of American political science rooted in contemporary and historical political theory, as well as the theoretical perspectives crafted by queer studies, critical race theory, feminism, disabilities studies, psychoanalysis, and affect theory.

In my dissertation, “Cruising Politics: Affect, Assemblage, Agonism,” I question the pejorative treatment of radical democratic politics and propose that political scientists, especially democratic theorists, are well-served by learning from the critiques elaborated by fifty years of queer theory, as it has formed in relation to a culture of queer sexual cruising whose affairs are also said to lack the longe duree, institutional formalism, and normative rituals that cement the strong-tie relationships of “legitimate” public actors. In short, queer sexual cruisers know all too well the complaint of radical democrats confronted with “the morning after” question, which asks too knowingly: after the thrill of dissent has waned, what has really been accomplished? What has changed the morning after? I thus forge a dialogue between queer and political theorists to construct the concept of “cruising politics,” with which I revalue the putative weaknesses of weak-ties in political life as enabling instead freer experimentation with relational forms and tactics of direct democratic action. Across historical and contemporary cases ranging from the French Resistance, to ACT-UP, Critical Mass, Anonymous hacktvism, Occupy Wall Street, and Black Lives Matter, I demonstrate through critical readings of Nietzsche, Arendt, Foucault, and Deleuze and Guattari, that the brief, anonymous, and public affairs of cruising politics are not only amenable to, but are today powering, radical democratic politics under conditions of networked publicity.

An article informed by the dissertation project is forthcoming with Theory and Event, “Queering Amor Mundi: Love, Loss, and Democratic Politics.” Additional information about my dissertation project, as well as other research projects I am publishing is available here. Works in progress and stand-alone musings are also housed on my research blog, which is available here.

While at the University of Chicago I have taught widely in the history of political thought  (2013-2016), including an upper-level course of my own design as a Grodzin Prize Lecturer, “Anti-Social Politics: Against Contract, Community, and Civility” (2015). My syllabi are available here.  More recently I have served the Political Science Department at the University of Chicago as both a BA preceptor, where I served as a second reader for eleven advisees, as well as an MA preceptor guiding nine mix-method masters theses, all of which qualified for advancement to doctoral candidacy. In that role I led year-long seminars to advise students through formulating a thesis question they could defend, building research designs they could execute, and writing up drafts, using both collaborative workshops and one-on-one advising to direct revisions.

In the Spring of 2020, I will be joining the Department of Political Science at Purchase College (SUNY) as a Lecturer, where I will be teaching courses on Political Protest and Ideology and Politics and the Media.

I can be contacted through this website (here) or via email at:

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