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George Shulman

George Shulman

B.A. American Literature & Political Economy, Amherst College, 1973
Ph.D. Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1982

George Shulman's interests lie in the fields of political thought and American studies. He teaches and writes on political thought in Europe and the United States, as well as on Greek and Hebrew---tragic and biblical---traditions. His teaching and writing emphasize the role of narrative in culture and politics. He is the author of Radicalism and Reverence: Gerrard Winstanley and the English Revolution and American Prophecy: Race and Redemption in American Political Culture (2008). His most recent book, American Prophecy , was awarded the David Easton Prize in political theory. Focusing on the language that great American critics have used to engage the racial domination at the center of American history, American Prophecy explores the relationship of prophecy and race to American nationalism and democratic politics. Professor Shulman is a recipient of the 2003 NYU Distinguished Teaching Award.


Professor George Shulman contributed “Chasing the Whale: Melville’s Moby Dick as Political Theory” to The Political Companion to Melville (University of Kentucky Press, 2013). He published “Reflections on the 2012 Election: Analytic Frames and Affective Dispositions” in the March 2013 issue of Theory and Event.  He organized the First Gallatin Global Symposium, held at the NYU Berlin center on May 3–4, 2013. The “Symposium on Ethnicity, Migration, and Citizenship” gathered 21 faculty from Gallatin, including Kimberly DaCosta, Michael Dinwiddie, Ritty Lukose, Millery Polyné, and Myisha Priest, and from NYU’s European locations, including Berlin, Florence, London, Madrid, Paris, and Prague. He edited Radical Future Pasts, which was released by The University Press of Kentucky in July 2014.


Contact Information

George Shulman

1 Wash Pl, Room 508
(212) 998-7310
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Office Hours
Monday 2-6
Tuesday 2-5
Thursday By Appt

Research and Teaching Interests

history of European and American social thought including relevant literary works; American studies; contemporary political, psychoanalytic, and feminist theory; the Bible in Western politics and thought

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