Peter G. Stillman

Professor of Political Science

Peter G. Stillman (pictured here with the department canine, Webster) studies political philosophy and its history, specializing in the period since 1500. In addition to regularly teaching a course on modern political thought, his courses center on utopias, terrorism, and environmental issues.  He participates in Vassar's Environmental Studies Program , which he directed from 2003 to 2006 and in which he teaches frequently.

Mr. Stillman has published numerous articles and book chapters on utopian political thought, Hegel's political philosophy, Marx's theories, and ecological issues, including the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  He has edited a book on Hegel's Philosophy of Spirit (1987) and he has co-edited a new translation of Rousseau's Confessions (1995), a collection of essays entitled The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed (2005), and a special issue of the journal Utopian Studies on Henry Neville's The Isle of Pines (2006). Most recently, he has published a co-authored book chapter with Adelaide Villmoare on "Social Justice after Katrina: The Need for a Revitalized Public Sphere"; another chapter, on New Orleans in the two years since Katrina, is forthcoming. Also recently published are a chapter on interpreting Hegel as a post-colonial thinker, a chapter on Diderot's theorizing about politics, anarchy, and utopia, and an article entitled "Warnings, Alternatives, and Action: The Totalistic Dystopias of the Twentieth Century in We, Brave New World, and Nineteen Eighty-Four."

Mr. Stillman has taught at Vassar since 1970. He has also taught at Princeton, Harvard Summer School, and Yale Summer Programs, and has been awarded Fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities.