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Stephen Engel

 Stephen Engel is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Bates College and an Affiliated Scholar of the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, IL. After serving on the faculty in political science for two years at Marquette University, Professor Engel came to Bates College in 2011. His research and teaching focuses on American political development, inter-branch relations, constitutional law, and social movements, particularly LGBTQ socio-political and legal mobilization.

His recent book, American Politicians Confront the Courts: Opposition Politics and Changing Responses to Judicial Power (Cambridge University Press 2011) is a cross-institutional analysis that examines how changing understandings over time of loyal opposition has influenced elected branch relations with the federal judiciary.  His first book, The Unfinished Revolution: Social Movement Theory and the Gay and Lesbian Movement (Cambridge University Press 2001) evaluates how the distinct political institutional environments of the US and the UK affected the development, strategies, and goals of the LGBTQ rights movements in each country.

Professor Engel is currently working on two projects. The first examines state and non-state institutional regulation and recognition of sexuality since the late nineteenth century in the United States. His intention is to reconsider LGBTQ politics not only as a matter of social movement but also, and primarily, as a politics of citizenship and exclusion. Doing so highlights both the direct involvement of the state in the construction of LGBTQ rights claims, but also how people’s lives are constructed by non-state institutions, e.g., corporate human resource policies. The second project, with collaborators Stephen Skowronek (Perit Professor of Political Science at Yale University) and Bruce Ackerman (Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University), is a conference program, The Progressives’ Century, which evaluates a century’s worth of progressive legal, political, and constitutional reform to consider its resilience or exhaustion and to propose alternative formulations that might advance the cause of democratic renewal.

Research Focus

American political development, inter-branch relations, constitutional law, and social movements, particularly LGBTQ socio-political and legal mobilization

Publications

American Politicians Confront the Court: Opposition Politics and Changing Responses to Judicial Power

   2011, Stephen Engel, Cambridge University Press

“Assessing Presidential Manipulations of Federal Judicial Power”

   2010, Stephen Engel, Johns Hopkins University Press

“Before the Countermajoritarian Difficulty: Regime Unity, Loyal Opposition, and Hostilities toward Judicial Authority in Early America”

   2009, Stephen Engel, Studies in American Political Development 23

“Political Education in/as the Practice of Freedom: A Paradoxical Defense from the Perspective of Michael Oakeshott”

   2007, Stephen Engel, Journal of the Philosophy of Education 41

“Organizational Identity as a Constraint on Strategic Action: A Comparative Study of Gay and Lesbian Interest Groups”

   2007, Stephen Engel, Studies in American Political Development 21

“'History of Racial Politics in the US' in Racism, Xenophobia, and Distribution: A Study of Multi-Issue Politics in Advanced Democracies"

   2006, Stephen Engel, Harvard University Press and Russell Sage

“Marketing Everyday Life: The Postmodern Commodity Aesthetic of Abercrombie & Fitch”

   2004, Stephen Engel, Advertising & Society Review 5

“Making a Minority: Understanding the Formation of the Gay and Lesbian Movement in the US.”

   2002, Stephen Engel, Handbook of Gay and Lesbian Studies, Sage

The Unfinished Revolution: Social Movement Theory and the Gay and Lesbian Movement

   2001, Stephen Engel, Cambridge University Press

“Seeing Sexuality: State Development and the Fragmented Status of LGBTQ Citizenship”

   Forthcoming, Stephen Engel, Oxford Handbook on American Political Development

“Frame Spillover: Media Framing and Public Opinion of a Multifaceted Rights Agenda”

   Forthcoming, Stephen Engel, Law and Social Inquiry

Presentations

Roundtable: "Conscription, Family, and the Modern State: Author Meets Critics." April 2014

"The Fragmented Citizen: Developmental Insights into Sexuality Citizenship in the United States and the Persistence of Inequalities." April 2014

"Intersecting Paths: The Public and Private in American Political Development." April 2014

"Developmental Insights into Gay and Lesbian Politics and Law: Persistent Inequalities from Military to Marriage."March 2014

"Common Themes across the Progressives’ Century." November 2013

"The Evolution of Supreme Court Rulings on Sexual Orientation: Rebutting the Accusation of Activism." November 2013

"Fragmenting the Citizen: State, Power, and LGBT Politics from a Developmental Perspective." August 2013

"Interdisciplinary Perspectives on LGBT Human Rights Advocacy." February 2013

"Why the Political Homophobia of the 1950s?" February 2013

"On the Responsibility of a Liberal Arts Education."- Convocation Faculty Address September 2012

"American Politicians Confront the Court." April 2012

“The Decision Raises Questions about Custody for Gay Couples and about Marriage for Gay Couples…”: Media Framing of Lawrence v. Texas and Dynamics of Public Opinion Shifts on a Multifaceted Gay and Lesbian Rights Agenda. September 2011

"Legal Construction of Homosexuality and Public Sentiment about Gay Rights Claims: Examining the Implications of Privacy and Equality." Workshop on Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Legal and Political Development May 2011

"Opposition Disloyalty and Illegitimacy in American Political Development." April 2011

Professional Service & Recognition

  • Marquette University Faculty Development Award (2011)
  • American Political Science Association-Member
  • New England Political Science Association-Member
  • Yale UniversityDoctoral Dissertation Writing Fellowship (2008-2009)
  • American Bar Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship (2007-2008)
  • Yale University Doctoral Fellowship (2003-2007)
  • Yale University Sterling Academic Fellowship (2003-05)

Bates College faculy page: http://www.bates.edu/politics/faculty/stephen-engel/

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