Whitney Mannies
Los Angeles, CA




PhD in Political Science, University of California, Riverside. June 2017.


M.A. Political Science, University of California, Riverside. Conferred Spring 2012.


Selected Publications


Articles and Contributions to Edited Volumes

“Towards a Radical Feminist Historiography,” in The Invention of Female Biography, Vol. 1. ed. Gina Luria Walker, London: Pickering & Chatto, forthcoming 2017.


“Diderot and Diez: complicating the Radical Enlightenment,” co-authored with John Christian Laursen, Lumières radicales et politique, ed. Marta García Alonso, Paris: Champion, 2017, pp. 281-302.


“Elements of Style: Openness and Dispositions,” in Inheriting Gadamer, ed. Georgia Warnke, Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2016, pp. 81-101.


“The Style of Materialist Skepticism: Diderot’s Jacques le fataliste,” Philosophy and Literature, 39: 1A (2015), pp. 32-48.


“Diderot and the Politics of a Skeptical Materialism,” in Skepticism and Political Thought in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, eds. J. C. Laursen and Gianni Paganini, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015, pp. 177-202.


“Denis Diderot on War and Peace: Nature and Morality,” co-authored with John Christian Laursen, Araucaria: Revista Iberoamericana de Filosofía, Política, y Humanidades, 16: 32 (2014), pp. 155-171.


"Yes, in the U.S., the people can reject a president--if they're sure he's a tyrant," in The Monkey Cage, the politics blog of The Washington Post, 22 November 2016.

“Christine de Pizan was not a ‘Good Feminist.’ Can We Still Learn from Her?” The Lily, a blog at The Washington Post, 9 March 2018.

Invited Lectures



“Revenge of the Beaux-Esprit: Attacking Rousseau’s Gender Politics in the Eighteenth-Century Periodical Press,” invited lecture at California State University, April 25, 2017.


“An Ideal Authoritarianism,” invited lecture at San Diego City College, April 20, 2017.


"Writing with Feeling: Forging the Citoyenne,” the annual Barricelli Memorial Grant Lecture, University of California, Riverside, May 2014.


Selected Presentations


“Rousseau on Sex and Gender: A Feminist Materialist Interpretation,” delivered at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, September 1-4, 2016.


“The Style and Form of Heterodoxy: John Toland’s Nazarenus and Pantheisticon,” delivered at the conference “Clandestine and Heterodox Literature in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries,” at UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Library, April 4-5, 2016.

"Rousseau and the Gendering of Discourse in the Eighteenth Century: The Case of the Journal des dames," 14th Congress of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July.


“Persia in the Encyclopédie,” Persia in the Age of Enlightenment conference, May. (See edited volume project here).


“Diderot’s Style in Jacques the Fatalist,”  annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, April.


Lecturer, Cal Poly Pomona
            Introduction to Political Theory
            Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
            Contemporary Political Thought
            Modern Political Thought
            American Political Thought
Lecturer, California State University, San Marcos
            Global Development
            American Politics
Lecturer, Loyola Marymount University
            Foundations of Political Thought
Lecturer, Pomona College:
Theorizing Unfreedoms

Visiting Professor, Pitzer College:

Feminist Theory

Politics and Literature


Associate In, University of California, Riverside:

Modern Political Theory

Democracy and the Social Contract


Teaching Assistant, University of California, Riverside:

            Constitutional Law

            Criminal Procedure

            Modern Political Thought

            Political Ideologies

            Environmental Political Thought

            Democracy and the Social Contract

            Democratic Theory

            Visions of Justice


Grants & Awards

Dissertation Year Program Fellowship, Winter and Spring, 2016.


Barricelli Memorial Grant for Graduate Research, Winter 2014.


Chercheur invité, Le Centre International de Recherches en Philosophie, Lettres, Savoirs, at the École Normale Supèrieure, Paris, France, Spring, 2014.


Graduate Research Mentorship Program Fellowship, Winter and Spring, 2014.


Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year Award, 2012.


Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, 2009-2013.