Faculty & Staff Profile
Professor and Chair
261 Bentley Annex
Judith Grant earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Political Science, and specializes in contemporary political theory. Dr. Grant joined the faculty of OU in 2003 after moving from her former tenured position at University of Southern California. An interdisciplinary scholar/teacher/activist/administrator, Dr. Grant's research specialties are post-19th Century European social political and critical theories, feminist theory and cultural studies. Her teaching specialties are western political theory, women’s studies and law, and she has also taught in a number of interdisciplinary programs including having been a core faculty member in the Program for Political Economy and Public Policy run through Political Science the School of International Relations and the Department of Economics, at USC. At OU, she frequently leads a summer study abroad program to Paris, France, where she teaches comparative political theory, postcoloniality, and the politics of France.
The former Chair of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality at OU, Dr. Grant has extensive administrative experience, including having chaired three different departments and been the director of two interdisciplinary centers during the course of her career. Most recently, she is the current chair of the Department of Political Science, and was the founding director of The Center for Law, Justice and Culture both at Ohio University. She has been active as a teacher of undergraduates, graduate students, honors (HTC) students, and has been the principal adviser for both MA and PhD students in a variety of disciplines. She has initiated several mentoring programs for faculty while at OU. Over the course of her career, she has won seven teaching awards, including the campus-wide teaching award at USC.
Dr. Grant is active in the American Political Science Association, and the Western Political Science Association, where she has been a longtime participant and occasional organizer of the Feminist Theory Pre-Conference. She is a member of the editorial board of the journal New Political Science. Dr. Grant is the author of Fundamental Feminism: Contesting the Core Concepts of Feminist Theory (Routledge), Political Theory and the Animal Human Relationship ((co-edited, and under contract at SUNY Press), and is at work on Sexual Politics Beyond Patriarchy: Structuralism in Feminist Theory, Beauvoir to MacKinnon, (under contract, University of Illinois Press). She is also the author of a variety of journal articles and book chapters. In her spare time, she enjoys time outdoors with her horse, hiking with her dogs, and exploring urban spaces. A lifelong learner, she is a lover of books, music, film, theater, art and technology.