Lucy Cane

Program Area(s):  Political Theory; American Politics

Dissertation Title:

Sheldon Wolin and the Fate of Democracy

Dissertation Committee:  Mary Dietz (Chair), James Farr, George Shulman (NYU), Joan Tronto (Minnesota)

Research Interests: Democratic theory; Sheldon Wolin; Hannah Arendt; Critical Race Theory, Feminist Theory

Dissertation Description:

My dissertation examines the political thought of Sheldon Wolin. I both interpret his diagnoses of modern and postmodern power and critically interrogate his formulations of radical democracy. In doing so I engage Wolin with other postwar theorists, other contemporary theories of democracy, critical race theory, and critical pedagogy.


  • "Hannah Arendt on the Principles of Political Action” in European Journal of Political Theory 14:1, January 2015.
  • “Arendt on Principles, the Right to Have Rights, and Democracy: Response to Näsström” in Political Theory 43:2, April 2015.
  • "Sheldon Wolin's Politics and Vision" in The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory, Jacob Levy ed., published online October 2016 with print version forthcoming in 2017.
  • With Mary Dietz, “Feminist Political Thought” Oxford Bibliographies Online, Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2017.
  • “Arendt and Montesquieu” in Peter Gratton and Yasemin Sari (eds.) The Bloomsbury Companion to Hannah Arendt London: Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming in 2017.