William E. Connolly

William E. Connolly is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches political theory. His early book, The Terms of Political Discourse, was awarded the Benjamin Lippincott Award in 1999 as “a work of exceptional quality that is still considered significant at least 15 years after publication.”  In a poll of American political theorists published in PS in 2010 he was ranked the fourth most influential political theorist over the last twenty years, after Rawls, Habermas and Foucault. He has been a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study and the Stanford Center for Behavioral Studies. He is co-moderator of the Blog The Contemporary Condition, where he also posts regularly. His work focuses on the issues of pluralism, capitalism, inequality and imbrications between nonhuman, self-organizing forces and contemporary life. His recent books include Why I Am Not A Secularist (1999); Neuropolitics (2002); Pluralism (2005); Capitalism and Christianity, American Style (2008); A World of Becoming (2011); and The Fragility of Things: Self-Organizing Systems, Neoliberal Fantasies and Democratic Activism. He is currently working on how to rethink freedom, belonging and activism during the era of rapid climate warming.

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