Dr. Nancy Love

Nancy S. Love joined the Department of Government & Justice Studies in 2009. She received a Ph.D. in 1984 and M.A. in 1981 from Cornell University and an A.B. degree in 1977 from Kenyon College. Her teaching and research emphasize political theory, especially critical theory, democratic theory, and feminist theory. She is the author of Trendy Fascism: White Power Music and the Future of Democracy (2016), Musical Democracy (2006), Understanding Dogmas and Dreams: A Text, 2nd ed. (2006), and Marx, Nietzsche, and Modernity (1986), the editor of Dogmas and Dreams: A Reader in Modern Political Ideologies, 4th ed. (2010), and the co-editor of Studying Politics Today: Critical Approaches to Political Science (2014) and Doing Democracy: Activist Art and Cultural Politics (2013). She has also published numerous articles in prominent journals and contributed invited chapters to multiple edited volumes. She recently completed a six-year term as the co-editor of New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture. Professor Love is an award-winning teacher, who offers classes on political theory and political ideologies. When she is not working, she enjoys playing with her dogs, tending her chickens, and sharing the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Areas of Expertise & Interest:

  • Political Theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Democratic Theory
  • Feminist Theory
  • Politics and Music

Courses Taught (selected):

  • Political Ideologies 
  • Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Political Theory 
  • Modern and Contemporary Political Theory 
  • Foundations of American Political Thought 
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Marxist and Socialist Theory 
  • Modern Democratic Theory 
  • Critical Theory 
  • Aesthetics and Politics 
  • Histories of Knowledge 
  • Music and Social Change

Publications (selected):


Trendy Fascism: White Power Music and the Future of Democracy (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2016). http://www.sunypress.edu/p-6271-trendy-fascism.aspx

Studying Politics Today: Critical Approaches to Political Science,co-edited with Mark Mattern, (Abingdon, UK: Routledge, May 2014). 

Doing Democracy: Activist Art and Cultural Politics, co-edited with Mark Mattern (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, December 2013). http://www.sunypress.edu/p-5787-doing-democracy.aspx

Musical Democracy (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2006).

Understanding Dogmas and Dreams: A Text, 2nd Edition (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2006).

Dogmas and Dreams: A Reader in Modern Political Ideologies, 4th Edition, edited (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010). Partial royalties from the publication and sale of this book were paid to The Pennsylvania State University, according to College of the Liberal Arts policy.

Marx, Nietzsche, and Modernity (New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1986).

Recent Articles and Chapters:

“Privileged Intersections: The Race, Class, and Gender Politics of Prussian Blue,” Music & Politics, 6:1, n.p., (Winter 2012).


“Anti-, Neo-, Post-, and Proto-: Conservative Hybrids, Ironic Reversals, and Global Terror(ism),” New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture, Special Issue, The Changing Face of Political Ideologies in the Global Age, guest-edited by Manfred Steger and Jennifer Gidley, 31:4 (December 2009), 443-459.

Ani DiFranco: Making Feminist Waves in Political Rock: Popular Musicians Who Changed the World, eds. Mark Pedelty and Kristine Weglarz. New York, NY: Ashgate Publishers.159-176.

“Politics and Music,” The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, edited by Michael Gibbons, et. al, (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

Title: Coordinator of the Humanities Council, Professor of Political Science
Department: Department of Government and Justice Studies

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6168

Office address
353K Anne Belk Hall


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