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January 2013 Club Meeting
Anthony and Ellen Portantino
Susan McWilliams teaches in the politics department at Pomona College, where she received the Wig Distinguished Professor Award in 2009. At Pomona, her courses include “American Democracy in Theory and Practice,” “Dangerous Books,” and “Politics and Literature.” McWilliams has recently completed a book manuscript entitled “Traveling Back: Political Theory in an Age of Globalization,” and she is working on a volume that explores the political thought of James Baldwin. She is the co-editor, with Patrick Deneen, of Wilson Carey McWilliams’ recently released books “The Democratic Soul” and “Redeeming Democracy in America.” McWilliams received her BA in Russian and political science from Amherst College and her MA and PhD in politics from Princeton University. McWilliams grew up in New Jersey but is a fifth-generation Californian who now lives in Claremont with her husband, their daughter, a parrot, and a flock of beautiful chickens.