Associate Professor of Political Theory
Ph.D. in Political Theory and Philosophy, The New School for Social Research, New York
Ph.D. in Psychology and Philosophy of Science, University of Vienna, Austria
M.A. in Gender Studies and Feminist Theory, The New School for Social Research
B.S./M.S. in Psychology, The University of Vienna
Claudia Leeb is originally from Austria, and prior to coming to Washington State University in 2012, she taught at Roanoke College and Dartmouth College, and held post-doc positions at Harvard University and the University of Chicago.
She works at the intersection of early Frankfurt school critical theory, feminist political theory, and psychoanalytic theory to address questions of power and socio-political change in contemporary societies. Her recent books include The Politics of Repressed Guilt: The Tragedy of Austrian Silence (2018, Edinburgh University Press) and Power and Feminist Agency in Capitalism: Toward a New Theory of the Political Subject (2017, Oxford University Press), for which she has received the 2018 ASCINA (Austrian Scientists and Scholars in North America) book award for research excellence.
She currently works on her new book Analyzing the Far-Right: A Psychoanalytic Critical Theory Perspective. She has recently published articles in several journals, including Political Theory, Perspectives on Politics, Theory & Event, Contemporary Political Theory, Constellations, Critical Horizons, Social Philosophy Today, Philosophy & Social Criticism, and Radical Philosophy Review. She has also contributed several book chapters to anthologies. Her research has been supported with several distinguished grants and fellowships. She lectures around the world.
In Washington State University’s Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs School, Professor Leeb teaches both politics and philosophy courses, and offers undergraduate courses on the development of Marxist thought, contemporary political theory, classical political thought, and feminism and philosophy. She offers graduate courses that introduce graduate students to the core fields in political theory and philosophy, and supervises doctoral candidates in political theory.
Further Recent and Forthcoming Publications:
Claudia Leeb, “Castration Anxiety, Covid, and the Far Right: a Psychoanalytic Critical Theory Perspective”, Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought (forthcoming)
Claudia Leeb, “Austria’s Repressed Guilt in Theory and Practice: Personal Encounters”, in Vincenzo Pinto (ed.) Vergangenheitsbewältigung (Mastering the Past) (Leiden: Brill Press, forthcoming).
Claudia Leeb, “Adorno and Freud meet Kazuo Ishiguro: The Rise of the Far Right from a Psychoanalytic and Critical Theory Perspective”, in Jeremiah Morelock (ed.) How to Critique Authoritarian Populism: Methodologies of the Frankfurt School (Leiden: Brill Press, 2021), 200-219.
Claudia Leeb, “The Hysteric Rebels: Rethinking Socio-Political Transformation with Foucault and Lacan”, Theory & Event (Volume 23, Number 3, July 2020), 607-640.
Claudia Leeb, “Understanding the Rise of the Identitarian Movement in Europe: A Frankfurt School Critical Theory Perspective,” Azimuth (Volume 8, Number 16, 2020), 71-88.
Claudia Leeb, “Towards a Politics of Feelings of Guilt: A Response to McIvor and Rensmann, “Review Symposia on Claudia Leeb’s The Politics of Repressed Guilt: The Tragedy of Austrian Silence, Critical Horizons (Volume 21, Issue 1, 2020) 63-79.
Claudia Leeb, “Theorizing Feminist Political Subjectivity: A Reply to Caputi and Naranch”; A Critical Feminist Exchange: Symposium on Claudia Leeb, Power and Feminist Agency in Capitalism: Toward a New Theory of the Political Subject, Political Theory (vol. 47, no. 4, August 2019), 559-580.
Claudia Leeb, “Laughing at the Other: Toward an Understanding of the Alt-Right” in Amirhosein Khandizaji (ed.) Reading Adorno: The Endless Road (Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2019), 75-100.
Claudia Leeb, “Mourning Denied: The Tabooed Subject,” in David McIvor and Alexander Hirsch (eds.) The Democratic Arts of Mourning: Political Theory and Loss (New York: Lexington Press, 2019), 65-82.
Claudia Leeb, “Mystified Consciousness: Rethinking the Rise of the Far Right with Marx and Lacan”, Open Cultural Studies, special edition “Marx, Semiotics and Political Praxis” (vol 2, no. 1, October 2018), 236-248.
Claudia Leeb, “Rethinking Embodied Reflective Judgment with Adorno and Arendt”, Constellations (vol 25, no. 3, September 2018), 446-458.
Claudia Leeb, “Rebelling Against Suffering in Capitalism”, Contemporary Political Theory, (lead article, vol.17, no. 3, August 2018), 263-282.
Claudia Leeb, “Mass Hypnoses: The Rise of the Far Right from an Adornian and Freudian Perspective”, Berlin Journal of Critical Theory (Vol. 2, no. 3, July 2018), 59-82.
Claudia Leeb, “The Contemporary Frankfurt School’s Eurocentrism Unveiled: The Contribution of Amy Allen”; Liberating Critical Theory: Eurocentrism, Normativity, and Capitalism: Symposium on Amy Allen’s The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory (Political Theory, vol. 46, no. 5), 772-800.
Claudia Leeb, “Theorizing Feminist Political Subjectivity: A Reply to Caputi and Naranch”; A Critical Feminist Exchange: Symposium on Claudia Leeb, Power and Feminist Agency in Capitalism: Toward a New Theory of the Political Subject, Political Theory (Published online: May 2018), 11-22.
Claudia Leeb, “Critical Dialogue: The Misinterpellated Subject by James Martel,” Perspectives on Politics (vol. 16, no. 1, February 2018), 170-172.
Claudia Leeb, “Critical Dialogue: Response to James Martel’s review of Power and Feminist Agency in Capitalism: Toward a New Theory of the Political Subject”, Perspectives on Politics (vol. 16, no. 1, February 2018), 169-170
Claudia Leeb, “Radical or Neoliberal Political Imaginary? Nancy Fraser Revisited,” in Werner Bonefeld, Beverley Best, and Chris O’Kane (eds.), The Sage Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory (New York: Sage Publisher, 2018), 550-563.
Claudia Leeb, “A Festival for Frustrated Egos: The Rise of Trump from an Early Frankfurt School Critical Theory Perspective”, in Trump and Political Philosophy: Patriotism, Cosmopolitanism and Civic Virtue, Angel Jaramillo and Sable Marc (eds.) (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), 297-314.