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George Shulman

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Monday Sabbatical
Tuesday Sabbatical
Wednesday Sabbatical
Thursday Sabbatical
Friday Sabbatical

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. Professor Shulman is a recipient of the 2003 NYU Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the author of Radicalism and Reverence: Gerrard Winstanley and the English Revolution (University of California Press, 1989) and American Prophecy: Race and Redemption in American Political Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), which won 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 edited Radical Future Pasts, which was released by The University Press of Kentucky in July 2014.

Teaching and Research 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

George Shulman

Recent News


Professor George Shulman was named a 2016-2017 Faculty Fellow at NYU's Center for the Humanities. Shulman will work on his project, Postmortem Effects: Theorizing (Beyond) Impasse.

Professor Shulman convened the 2016 NYU Gallatin Global Faculty Symposium, “Human Migration and Nationalist Anxiety,” in Prague in March 2016. Shulman, Vasuki Nesiah, and Ritty Lukose each served as a moderator for one of the conference sessions.  


Professor Shulman gave talks on his book project, Postmortem Effects: Theorizing (Beyond) Impasse, in March 2017 at Williams College, in April 2017 at the Western Political Science Association conference in Vancouver, and at Science Po and Paris VII in May 2017.

Professor Shulman was the keynote speaker at a conference hosted by Centre de Recherches Politiques de Sciences Po (CEVIPOF) and NYU Paris, “(In) Equality: French and American Perspectives,” which ran from May 28-29, 2015, in Paris, France.

Professor Shulman spoke about the Civil Rights organizer and activist Bayard Rustin during the conference “African American Political Thought: Past and Present,” held at University of California, Los Angeles May 14-17, 2015.  

In April 2015, Professor Shulman spoke about Lebron's The Color of Our Shame for the Articulating Politics: An Authors-Meet-Readers Conference at The Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.  


George Shulman's "A Tocqueville for Our Time" appeared in Volume 36 Number 2 of Raritan.

Professor Shulman co-authored, with Lewis R. Gordon, Annie Menzel, and Jasmine Syedullah, "Afro pessimism" for the December 2017 issue of Contemporary Political Theory.


In January 2015, Professor Shulman and Professor Bryonn Bain helped launch the NYU Prison Education Program, an initiative to bring college education to incarcerated individuals at the Wallkill Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison in New York State’s Ulster County.


2017 Fall

Theorizing Impasse

2016 Spring

Political Theology

2016 Fall

American Narratives II

Theorizing Politics

2015 Fall

Machiavelli: Popular Power and the Space of Appearances