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Renee Heberle

Associate Professor

Political Science and Public Administration


Welcome to my website.  You will find course syllabi (which are subject to change each term), my curriculum vita, research notes, and links to websites I think are relevant to the areas of interest I am most involved with.



Brief bio:


I completed my Ph.D at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1996.  I taught one year as a visitor at UMass in the Department of Women’s Studies, one year at the State University of New York at Potsdam, and then came to the University of Toledo in 1997.


My subfield in Political Science is Political Theory.  Within that broad area of interest I study Critical Theory, Feminist Political Theory, and Contemporary Social Theory.  More importantly, perhaps, my areas of interest are interdisciplinary.  I work in Women’s Studies, the field of Law and Society, and within Continental Philosophy. The first two fields are defined as interdisciplinary.  I understand political theory and philosophy to also necessitate interdisciplinary knowledge and attunement to lived experience and history.


I have published several articles and review essays (commentaries on other scholars’ work) which you can find online or at the library:


“Deconstructive Strategies and the Movement Against Sexual Violence” in Hypatia, Spring of 1997.


 “Law’s Violence and the Challenges of ‘The Feminine;” in Studies in Law, Politics and Society, Vol 22 2001


“Postmodernism and the Repudiation of Grand Theory” in Encyclopedia of Government and Politics, eds. Mary Hawkesworth and Maurice Kogan (Routledge 2004)


I am the editor of several volumes, one published and two forthcoming.  Feminist Interpretations of Theodor Adorno (Penn State Press, 2006) Imagining Law: On Drucilla Cornell(with Benjamin Pryor, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toledo)  (SUNY Press, 2008) and Theorizing Sexual Violence (with Victoria Grace, Professor of Sociology at the University of Canterbury at Christchurch in New Zealand) (Routledge 2008).


In my life before graduate school I did a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts at Brandeis University and worked (for pay!) for a theater company in Boston, MA called Little Flags Theater.  I have always remained interested if not active in community and political theater. I have been an (unpaid) union organizer of the Graduate Employee Union at UMass Amherst, on the board of a battered women’s shelter, active with the task force against domestic violence in Toledo, and am always interested in student and campus politics.


Here are some websites related to my academic work you will find interesting:



Here are some blogs and activist websites I find helpful:


Links coming soon: 


Information about the Global Power and Sovereignty series funded by the Program for Academic Excellence and sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Programs in Law and Social Thought and Global Studies.


Syllabi of courses I teach on a regular basis. I will include links to supplemental materials that I have reviewed and judged relevant and helpful to the purposes of the courses.


Websites for Women’s And Gender Studies, the Program in Law and Social Thought and Disabilities Studies