- Robert S. Danforth Professor of Politics
- BA, University of Leeds, 1968
- MSc, London School of Economics, 1970
- PhD, London School of Economics, 1977
Sonia Kruks, Robert S. Danforth professor of politics, received her BA from the University of Leeds, U.K., and received her PhD in Government from the London School of Economics. She has published books and articles on twentieth-century European political thought and contemporary feminist political theory, particularly focusing on Simone de Beauvoir. She teaches courses on political theory from ancient times to the present, recent Continental Theory and theories of democracy, and theories of social power.
- Simone de Beauvoir and the Politics of Ambiguity. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. xv + 203.
- Retrieving Experience: Subjectivity and Recognition in Feminist Politics. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2001, pp.xii + 200.
- Situation and Human Existence: Freedom, Subjectivity and Society. In series, "Problems of Modern European Thought," edited by Alan Montefiore and Jonathan Rée. New York and London: Routledge/Unwin Hyman, 1990, pp.xiii + 215.
- Promissory Notes: Women in the Transition to Socialism, (co-editor), New York: Monthly Review Press, 1989, pp.395.
- A Study of the Political Philosophy of Merleau-Ponty, "British Theses: Political Theory and Political Philosophy," edited by Maurice Cranston, New York: Garland Publishing, 1987, pp. 387.
- The Political Philosophy of Merleau-Ponty, series "Philosophy Now," edited by Roy Edgley. Brighton: Harvester Press and Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1981, pp. xiv + 152.
Reprinted, Brookfield, VT: Avebury, 1994.
Sonia Kruks Presents and PublishesSeptember 16, 2014
During the summer, Robert S. Danforth Professor of Politics Sonia Kruks presented at three conferences and had a paper published.
In June she was the respondent in an “Author Meets Readers Session” that discussed her recent book, Simone de Beauvoir and the Politics of Ambiguity, at the “Diverse Lineages of Existentialism” conference held in St Louis, Missouri. In July she presented a paper, “‘Being Human’ and the Question of Gender,” at the conference “Transfusion and Transformation: The Creative Potential of Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange” held at the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, UK. In August she presented a paper, “Hannah Arendt, Gender, and Judgment,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Washington, DC.
In addition, her paper, “Beauvoir’s The Coming of Age and Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason: The Material Mediations of Age as Lived Experience” was published over the summer in the volume Simone de Beauvoir’s Philosophy of Age, edited by Sylvia Stoller and published in Berlin by De Gruyter.
Sonia Kruks Publishes and Presents PapersMay 12, 2014
Robert S. Danforth Professor of Politics Sonia Kruks recently published a paper entitled “Beauvoir’s The Coming of Age and Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason: The Material Mediations of Age as Lived Experience.” The paper appeared in the volume Simone de Beauvoir’s Philosophy of Age, edited by Sylvia Stoller and published by De Gruyter.
On April 18 Kruks presented another paper, “Idealism, Realism, Failure: Simone de Beauvoir and Political Philosophy” to the Department of Philosophy at Tufts University.
Sonia Kruks Publishes Paper on Simone de BeauvoirMay 8, 2014
Sonia Kruks, Robert S. Danforth Professor of Politics recently published a paper titled “Beauvoir’s The Coming of Age and Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason: The Material Mediations of Age as Lived Experience.”
The paper appeared in the volume Simone de Beauvoir’s Philosophy of Age, ed. Sylvia Stoller. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014.
On April 18, Kruks presented a paper, “Idealism, Realism, Failure: Simone de Beauvoir and Political Philosophy” to the Department of Philosophy at Tufts University.
Sonia Kruks Speaks about Simone de BeauvoirMarch 5, 2014
Sonia Kruks, Robert S. Danforth Professor of Politics, recently presented an invited paper at the University of Manchester, England. The paper was a contribution to a “theory intensive” master class for faculty and graduate students, titled “On Beauvoir.” It discussed Simone de Beauvoir’s reflections on the desire for revenge after the Nazi occupation of Paris. The event was held on February 20, 2014, and was organized by the university’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Arts and Languages (CIDRAL). Kruks also presented an invited symposium paper, “Simone de Beauvoir, Political Philosopher,” at the 110th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, held in Baltimore from December 27 to 30, 2013.