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Timothy W. Luke

Timothy W. Luke, University Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science

Timothy W. Luke, University Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science
Timothy W. Luke, University Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science
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Timothy W. Luke is a University Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science. 

  • Timothy Luke teaches courses in the history of political thought, contemporary political theory, and comparative and international politics.
  • Dr. Luke serves on the editorial board of Capitalism Nature Socialism, Critical Social Policy, Culture and Politics: An International Journal of Theory, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, e-Learning and Digital Media, Fast Capitalism, International Political Sociology, Journal of Information Technology and Policy, Open Geography Journal, Organization & Environment, New Political Science, Peace Studies Journal, Public Knowledge Journal, Spectra, Telos, and the minnesota review.
  • He is an associate editor of New Political Science, and he also is a founding editor of Fast Capitalism, located at the Center for Theory with the University of Texas.  He is the book line editor of Telos Press Publishing, where he oversees publication of works by Ernst Juenger, Joel Kotkin, Francois Laruelle, Carl Schmitt, Jean-Claude Paye, Paul Piccone, Victor Zaslavsky, and other works of social theory.  
  • He also has served as an editorial board member with Environmental Communication, International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, International Political Economy Yearbook, Journal of Politics, New Political Science, Organization & Environment, ultiBase, and Post-Communist Cultural Studieswith Penn State University Press.  
  • From 1997-2010, he was Director of Graduate Studies, and he founded the OLMA program on the basis of his work with the Virginia Tech Cyberschool from 1994-2003.  He continues to direct the Collaboratory for Digital Discourse and Culture that also he developed during the Cyberschool experiment.  He has been awarded fellowships and grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Carter G. Woodson Institute, the Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement, International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), the Department of State, and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Research/Teaching Award).  During 1996, he was named Visiting Research and Teaching Scholar at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, and in 1995 he was the Fulbright Professor of Cultural Theory and the Politics of Information Society at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.  He has reviewed grant proposals in political science, sociology, and science studies for the National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Austrian Science Fund, and the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology of New Zealand.
  • University Distinguished Professor of Political Science
  • Director, School of Public and International Affairs
  • Past Program Chair, Government and International Affairs, School of Public and International Affairs

“Sustainable Business: A Critique of Corporate Social Responsibility Policies and Practices,” The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Development, eds. Michael Redclift and Delyse Springett (London: Routledge, 2015) 323-336.

“Environmental Political Theory,” The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, ed. Michael T. Gibbons (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2014) 1096-2103

“A Green New Deal: Why Green, How New and What is the Deal?” After Sustainable Cities?, ed. Mike Hodson and Simon Marvin. New York: Routledge, 2014. Reprinted with revisions from: Critical Policy Studies, Vol. 3, no. 1 (April, 2009), 14-28.

“Urbanism as Cyborganicity: Tracking the Materialities of the Anthropocene,” New Geographies: Grounding Urban Metabolism, 06 (August, 2014), 39-53; “The National D-Day Memorial: An American Military Monument as ‘Doing Democracy’,”  Doing Democracy: Activist Art and Cultural Politics, eds. Nancy S. Love and Mark Mattern, (Albany: SUNY Press, 2013), 97-118; “Technology,”  Critical Environmental Politics, ed. Carl Death, (New York:  Routledge, 2013),  267-276; “Design as Defense, Broken Barriers, and the Security Spectacle at the U.S.-Mexico Border,”  Building Walls and Dissolving Borders: The Challenges of Alterity, Community, and Securitizing Space, eds. Max Stephenson and Laura Zanotti, (London: Ashgate, 2013) 115-131;  “Realism Reconsidered:  New Contexts and Critiques,” International Politics, 50, no. 6 (November, 2013), 880-894; “The Anthropocene and Freedom.” The Platypus Review, 60 (October, 2013),  <http:platypus1917org/2013/10/01/Anthr opocene-and-freedom/>; “Stultifying Politics Today: The ‘Natural Science’ Model in American Political Science--How is it Natural, Science, and a Model,” New Political Science, Vol. 35, no. 3, (September, 2013), 339-358; “Hashing It Over: Green Governmentality and the Political Economy of Food,” Fast Capitalism, 10.1 (August,  2013)

“Interview with Timothy W. Luke,” Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events (June, 2013), 2-7

“Corporate Social Responsibility: An Uneasy Merger of Sustainability and Development,” Sustainable Development, 21, no. 3 (March/April 2013), 83-91

“Reflections on ‘Actually Existing Sustainability’,” Justice, Sustainability and Security: Global Ethics for the 21st Century, ed. Eric Heinze (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 85-107

“The Dreams of Deep Ecology,” Corporate Environmentalism and the Greening of Organizations, ed. John Jermier. (London: Sage, 2013), 53-70

“Nonnatural Politics: An “Informatic Spatiality, Electronic Agency, Cybernetic Structure and the New People Power: Occupy Moments at Play in Network Systems, Fast Capitalism, 9.1 (August, 2012)

“Greening Political Science,” Greening the Academy: Ecopsychology through the Liberal Arts (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2012), 47-62

“Casinopolitanism,” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization, ed. George Ritzer. (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2012).


Dr. Luke has also published in numerous edited books, including with Alta Mira Press; Alt-X Press; Bergin & Garvey; Blackwell; Continuum; Congressional Quarterly Press; Greenwood; I. B. Tauris; Intellect, Ltd.; University of Kansas Press; Lawrence Erlbaum; Lexington Books; Manchester University Press; Michigan State University Press; University of Minnesota Press; MIT Press; New York University Press; Palgrave; Pearson Education; Pergamon; Prentice Hall; Oxford University Press; Lynne Rienner; Routledge; Rowman & Littlefield; Rutgers University Press; Sage; Springer; State University of New York Press; Telos Press, Temple University Press; University of Toronto Press; and Yale University Press.

Dr. Luke has published articles in such journals as Alternatives; American Political Science Review; Annals of the Association of American Geographers; AntePodium; ARENA Journal; Art Journal; Art Papers; The Australasian Journal of American Studies; Babylone; Capitalism Nature Socialism; Critical Studies in Mass Communication; Cultural Critique; Cultural Values; Current Perspectives in Social Theory; Democracy & Nature; The Ecologist; Educational Philosophy and Theory; Environment and Planning A;  Environment and Planning D: Society and Space; Fast Capitalism; Fifth Estate; Geopolitics; Globalizations; Hermes: Revue Critique; History of European Ideas; History of Political Thought; Indian Journal of Political Science; International Political Sociology; International Relations; International Studies Quarterly; International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society; Journal of Social Philosophy; Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare; Journal of Politics; Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute; Leviathan; New Political Science; Organization & Environment; Political Crossroads; Political Geography; Philosophy of the Social Sciences; Political Science Review;  PS: Political Science & Politics; Quarterly Journal of Ideology; The Public Historian; Research in Political Sociology; Review of International Political Economy; Review of Politics; SITES; Social Research; Social Science Computer Review; Social Science Journal; Sociological Forum; Soviet and Post-Soviet Review; Strategies: Journal of Theory, Culture, Politics; Studies in Comparative Communism; Studies in Comparative International Development;  Studies in Political Economy; Sustainable Development; Telos; Theory & Event; Third World Quarterly; Transformations; and Western Political Quarterly.


His most recent books are:  Gun Violence and Public Life, Ben Agger and Timothy W. Luke, eds. (Paradigm, 2014); Putting Knowledge to Work & Letting Information Play, Timothy W. Luke and Jeremy Hunsinger, eds. (Sense Publishers, 2012); A Journal of No Illusions: Telos, Paul Piccone, and the Americanization of Critical Theory, Ben Agger and Timothy W. Luke, eds. (Telos Press, 2011); There is a Gunman on Campus: Tragedy and Terror at Virginia Tech,  Ben Agger and Timothy W. Luke, eds. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008); Museum Politics: Powerplays at the Exhibition (University of Minnesota Press, 2002); Capitalism, Democracy, and Ecology:  Departing from Marx (University of Illinois Press, 1999), The Politics of Cyberspace, co-edited with Chris Toulouse (Routledge, 1998), and Ecocritique:  Contesting the Politics of Nature, Economy, and Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 1997).  He also is the author of Shows of Force: Politics, Power, and Ideology in Art Exhibitions (Duke University Press, 1992); Social Theory and Modernity: Critique, Dissent and Revolution (Sage, 1990); Screens of Power: Ideology, Domination and Resistance in Informational Society (University of Illinois Press, 1989); Ideology and Soviet Industrialization (Greenwood, 1985); and, co-author with Victor T. Le Vine of The Arab-African Connection (Westview Press, 1979).

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