Deparochializing the Political Theory Curriculum

This Working Group seeks to expand and deparochialize existing curricular teachings in the field of political science through interdisciplinary engagement and collaboration. We are working to de-center Euro-American political thought as a defining frame for our field, and to re-center the political ideas of actors and thinkers from other parts of the world who have hitherto been overlooked. We will read and discuss political thought from Buddhist, Confucian, Chinese, Islamic, Hindu, Indian, Afro-Caribbean, Black, African, Japanese, Latinx, ancient Egyptian, Dalit, Confucian, and Indigenous thinkers. Readings will alternate with discussions about a specific pedagogical focus, examining ways to incorporate non-western texts or non-textual materials into core undergraduate teaching. Co-Sponsored by UTM Office of the Vice-President Research.



Faculty, University of Toronto

  • Arturo Chang Quiroz, UTM Political Science
  • Christopher Fraser, A&S Philosophy and East Asian Studies
  • Ruth Marshall, A&S Study of Religion and Political Science
  • Ajay Rao, UTM Historical Studies and A&S Study of Religion
  • J. Barton Scott, UTM Historical Studies and A&S Study of Religion
  • Melissa Williams, A&S Political Science

Graduate Students, University of Toronto

  • Yang-Yang Chen, Political Science
  • Patrick Chilvers, Political Science
  • Devin Ouellette, Political Science
  • Anthony Scott, Study of Religion
  • Andrew Young, Comparative Literature