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Susan Meld Shell


Address: 231 McGuinn Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02167

Telephone: 617 552 4168; shell@bc.edu


Ph.D., Political Science, Harvard University, 1975

B.A., Cornell University, 1969

Academic Positions

Professor, Department of Political Science, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA,

1996Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Boston College, Chestnut

Hill, MA, 1983-96

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 1980-3 Visiting Professor, Department of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Fall 1996 Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Politics, Brock University, St.

Catharines, Ontario, 1985 Research Fellow, Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1982 University (Post-Doctoral) Fellow, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, 1977-80 Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, 1975-77 Publications


Kant and the Limits of Autonomy (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2009) Shell/c.v.

Kant's "Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and the Sublime," and the "Remarks": Critical Essays, co-edited with Richard Velkley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

America at Risk: Challenges to Liberal Self-Government in an Age of Uncertainty, co-edited (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2009) The Embodiment of Reason: Kant on Spirit, Generation and Community (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996), 483pp.

The Rights of Reason: A Study of Kant’s Philosophy and Politics (Toronto and London: University of Toronto Press, 1980), 206pp.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters Strauss on "German Nihilism," in The Cambridge Companion to Leo Strauss, edit. Steven B. Smith (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009) "Kant on Language, Friendship, and the Concept of a People," in Kant and Language, edit. Richard Velkley (Albany: State Univesity of New York University Press, forthcoming).

“The Future of the Liberal Family,” in America at Risk: Challenges to Liberal Self-Government in an Era of Uncertainty (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, forthcoming 2009) “Kant and the Idea of Europe,” in Kant and the Question of Community, ed. Lucas Thorpe (North American Kant Society: forthcoming) “Machiavelli’s Discourse on Language,” in Companion to Machiavelli, ed. Patricia Vilches and Jerry Seaman (New York: Brill, forthcoming) Essays on generation, women, and related themes, Kant-Lexikon, ed.

Marcus Willaschek (Berlin: de Gruyter, forthcoming) “Freedom and Faith in Kant’s Religion within the Limits of Bare

Reason,”in Essays on Freedom, ed. Richard Velkley (Washington:

Catholic University of America Press, 2008) “Kant As a Resource for Bioethics,” President’s Commission on Bioethics, March 2008 “Kant and the Jewish Question,” Journal of Hebraic Political Studies, April 2007

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“Kant’s Concept of a Human Race,” in The German Invention of Race, ed.

Sara Eigen and Tom Larrimore (New York: SUNY Press, 2006) “Kant on Just War and Unjust Enemies,” Kantian Review, 2005.

“The Liberal Case Against Gay Marriage,” The Public Interest, Spring “Organizing the State: Modern Transformations of the Body Politic in Rousseau, Kant and Fichte,” Yearbook of German Idealism, 2004 “Kant’s ‘true economy of human nature’: Rousseau, Count Verri, and the Problem of Happiness,” An Introduction to Kant’s Anthropology ed. Brian Jacobs (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003) “Kant on Human Dignity,” In Defense of Human Dignity, ed. Robert P.

Kraynak (South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003) “Classical Theories of Punishment and the Drug Courts Movement,” Drug Courts, ed. Philip Bean and James L. Nolan (South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003) “Kant on Honor,” Gladly to Teach, Gladly to Learn: Essays in Honor of Ernest Fortin, ed. Michael Foley and Brian Benestat (Lexington, Mass.: Lexington, 2002) “Kant on the Counter-relation of the Sexes,” Proceedings of the 11th International Kant Congress (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2002) “Kant as Propagator,” Eighteenth-Century Studies, Spring 2002 “Nature and the Education of Sophie,” Cambridge Companion to Rousseau, ed. Patrick Riley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001) “Honor and the End of History: a Reading of Kant’s ‘Renewed Question,’” in Essays in Honor of Burleigh Taylor Watkins (New York: Lang, 2001) “Kant on the Sublime and Beautiful,” Political Science Reviewer, 2001 “Kant as Educator: Reason and Religion in the Conflict of the Faculties,”

in Essays in Honor of Lewis White Beck, ed. Predag Cicovacki (Rochester:

University of Rochester Press, 2001)

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“Kant as Spectator,” in Kant’s Pre-critical Philosophy, ed. Alfred Denker and Tom Rockmore, (New York: Prometheus, 2001) “Machiavelli’s Discourse on Language,” in The Comic and Tragic Machiavelli, ed. Vickie Sullivan (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000) “Kant’s Idealism,” in Educating the Prince: Essays in Honor of Harvey C.

Mansfield, Jr., ed. Mark Blitz and William Kristol (New York:

Rowman and Littlefield, 2000) “Kant on Punishment,” Kantian Review, vol 1., 1998 “Cannibals All: The Grave Wit of Kant’s Perpetual Peace,” in Violence, Identity, and Self-Determination, ed. Hent de Vries and Samuel Weber (Stanford: Stanford University Press: 1997) “Kant’s Idea of History,” in Democracy and the Prophets of Progress, ed. Arthur Melzer, et.al. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995) “Preserving the Humanities,” Perspectives in Political Science, Summer 1995 (revised version) “Conceptions of Civil Society,” Journal of Democracy, July 1994 “Commerce and Community in Kant’s Early Thought,” in Kant and Political Philosophy, ed. James Booth and Ronald Beiner (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993) “Kant and the New Rights,” in Old Rights and New, ed. Robert Goldwin (Washington D.C.: American Enterprise Institute, 1993) “Kant’s Political Cosmology,” in Kant’s Political Philosophy, ed. Howard Williams (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992) “A Determined Stand: Fichte on Freedom, Rights and the State,” Polity, Fall 1992 “Eating Crow: Rousseau on Fables,” Bestia, Fall 1992 “Idealism in America [Kant, Fichte and Hegel],” in Confronting the Constitution, ed. Allan Bloom (Washington D.C.: American Enterprise Institute, 1990)

Selected Reviews:

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The Future of Marriage, by David Blankenhorn, Society, Winter 2009 Resisting History: Historicism and its Discontents in German-Jewish Thought, by David N. Myers, Hebraic Political Studies, Winter 2005) The Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance with Fascism from Nietzsche to Postmodernism, by Richard Wolin, Society, Winter 2005

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Autonomy and Community: Readings in Contemporary Kantian Social Philosophy, ed. Sidney Aixin, American Political Science Review, Spring Grants, Honors and Awards Co-receiver of a 330,000 dollar grant for the support of graduate and postdoctoral research and teaching at Boston College, Veritas-Jack Miller Centers, 2009 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Independent Research, Earhart Research Fellowship, 1999-2000.

Research Grant, Boston College, 1999-2000 Boston College eighty per-cent Sabbatical Award, 1999-2000 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for Independent Research, 1997-8 Research Grant, Fall, Boston College, 1997 Bradley Foundation Research Fellowship, 1993 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Independent Research, Bunting Institute Research Fellowship, Radcliffe College, 1982-3 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Independent Research, McMaster University Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1977-80 Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Fellowship, 1977 Harvard University Graduate Prize Fellowship, 1969-74 Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1969 Phi Beta Kappa, 1967 Other Academic Experience

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External examiner for Bowdoin College, Concordia University; outside reviewer for promotion at the University of Texas, University of California, University of South Carolina, Notre Dame University; reader for Harvard University Press, Cambridge University Press, The University of Chicago Press, Routledge Press, University of Wales Press;

member, editorial board, Kantian Review, Interpretation Administrative Experience Chair, Executive Committee of the Board of Chairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston College, 2006-present Chair, Department of Political Science, 2004-present Educational Policy Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston College, 2005-08 President’s Search Committee for Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Boston College, 2007 Mentor, Student Research Conference, Honors Program, Boston College, 2007 Founding Director, Boston College Summer Program in Portugal (co-sponsored by the Instituto de Estudos Políticos, Universidade Católica Portuguesa), 2003-06 Advisory Committee to the Academic Vice-President, Boston College, 2003-05 Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Ma, 1991-2003 President, New England Political Science Association, 2006-07 Division Organizer, American Political Science Association, 2001 Conference Program Organizer (Political Theory), New England Political Science Association, 1994 Member, Selection Panel for Fellowships for Independent Research, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C., 1991 Board of Directors, Telluride Association Summer Programs, 1970-75 Trustee, Telluride Association, 1968-84

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Resident Tutor, Leverett House, Harvard University, 1972-74 Intern, Department of Housing and Urban Development, San Francisco, California, Summer 1968 Selected Conferences and Public Lectures "Women and Higher Education," University of the United Arab Emirates, Al Ain, UAE, December 2009 Participant, Jewish Studies Working Group, Department of Jewish Studies, Princeton, University, November 2009 Featured Speaker, Higher Education Summit Conference, Jack Miller Center for Higher Education, Philadelphia, PA, November 2009 Discussant, Conference on "Honor and Love in Shakespeare," College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, October 2009 "Kant on Language, Friendship, and the Concept of a People," Political Theory Colloquium, Department of Government, Harvard University, October 2009 Co-convener and Featured Speaker, "Nato at 60," Institute of Politics, Catholic University of Portugal, Cascais, Portugal, July 2009 Participant, Conference on "Modern Dystopias," Liberty Fund, Cambridge, MA, July 2009 Co-organizer, Conference on "Infrastructure in the Greater Atlantic Region," Seven Days Work Educational Foundation, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, CA, June 2009 Lecture, "Kant and the Unity of the Person," Conference on "Kant in Asia," Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China, June 2009 Round-table on Tocqueville, New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting, April 2009 Workshop on the Hagaddah, Department of Jewish Studies, Princeton University, March 2009 Speaker, Conference on Family Law, Boston College Law School, March 2009 Seminar on Politics and Education (Liberty Fund), Cleveland, OH, February 2008.

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Seminar on Kant (Liberty Fund), Cincinnati, OH, April, 2008 Panelist, Round-Table on recent works on Religion and Politics, New England Political Science Association, Providence, RI, April 2008 Speaker, Annual Conference of the Institute of Politics, Catholic University of Portugal, Cascais, Portugal, July 2008 "Kant's Political Philosophy," Conference on Kant's Practical Philosophy, Newnham College, Cambridge, England, Sept. 2008 Speaker, Annual Conference of the Institute of Politics, Catholic University of Portugal, July 2007, Cascais, Portugal Panel Participant ('America at Risk'), and Discussant ('New Directions in Kant Studies'), Annual Meeting of the New England Political Science Association, April 2007, Newton MA Speaker, 'Kant on Jews and Judaism, ' Conference on Philosophy and Judaism, Department of Jewish Studies, University of New York at Albany.

'Kant's Jewish Problem,' Conference on Political Hebraism: Jewish Sources in the History of Political Thought, The Shalem Center, Jerusalem, December 2006.

Participant, Panel on 'New Approaches to Kant's Political Philosophy,' Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September 2006.

'Democracy and the Nation-State,' Annual Conference, Institute of Politics, Catholic University of Portugal, July 2006.

Participant, Roundtable on "Liberal Democracy and Religion," Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September 2005.

"Democracy and Empire," Conference on 'Transatlantic Community and the Challenge of Globalization,' Catholic University of Portugal, Cascais, Portugal, July 2005.

"Same-Sex Marriage and the Liberal Family," Center for the Study of Constitutionalism, Harvard University, April 2005.

"Heterosexual Marriage and Same-Sex Civil Union: A Liberal Compromise," Olin Center, University of Chicago, April 2005.

"The Liberal Critique of Gay Marriage," Hofstra University, October 2004;

Stonehill College, November 2004.

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"Kant and the Idea of Europe," Dept. of Political Science, Duke University, November 2004.

"Reflections on a Pleonasm: Kant on Just War and Unjust Enemies," Annual Meeting of the Northeast Political Science Association, November 2003, Philadelphia PA.

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