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Dr. Julie Webber

Politics and Government
Schroeder Hall - SCH 410
Office Hours
Wednesdays 3-4 p.m. & by appointment
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Julie Webber is professor of Politics and Government and core faculty in Women and Gender Studies. Her main area is political theory (feminist theory, LGBTQI, modern, contemporary and American political theory. Her work ranges from school violence to comedy theory and satire in American Politics. She is currently working on a book about youth politics.

Current Courses

337.001Gay & Lesbian Politics & Theory

437.001Gay & Lesbian Politics & Theory

161.001Introduction To Political Theory

225.001Women In Politics

101.001Citizens And Governance

Teaching Interests & Areas

Theory POL 261: Classical Political Theory POL 262: Modern Political Theory POL 265: American Political Thought POL 461: Seminar in Political Theory POL 361: Topics in Political Theory (Theories of the Subject) POL 339: Playground to Politics (Comedy and Satire in American Politics) Feminist Theory, Gender and Sexuality POL 225: Women and Politics WGS 391: Going Global: Overcoming Violence Against Women & the Girl-child POL 338: Gender and Political Theory POL 337: Gay and Lesbian Politics and Theory

Research Interests & Areas

Political tragedy and violence; Youth Politics Political comedy & Media; Globalization & IR Theory Feminist Theory & Women and Politics: American Political Theory & Pragmatism (Intellectual history of) LGBTQI Rights, Policy, Theory; Gender and Policy

Ph D Political Theory

Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana


ISU Provost

Pi Sigma Alpha Teaching award, 2006

Political Science Honorary

Pi Sigma Alpha Teaching award, 2004

Political Science Honorary

Book Review

Webber, J. The Dark Side of Humor. Humor (2024)
Webber, J. "Taking a Stand: Contemporary US Stand Up Comedians as Public Intellectuals". Lawrence Howe (EDs). Studies in American Humor 8.2 (2022): 3.
Webber, J. Review of Uproarious. Lydia Amir (EDs). Philosophy of Humor Yearbook (2021)

Book, Authored

Webber, J. Beyond Columbine: School Violence and the Virtual. Violence Series. Peter Lang (2017)
Webber, J. The Cultural Set Up of Comedy. Intellect/University of Chicago Press. (2013)
Webber, J., & Reynols, W. The Civic Gospel (2009)
Webber, J. Failure to Hold: The Politics of School Violence (2004)

Book, Chapter

Webber, J. The Achievements of Feminism in IR. Scott G. Nelson and Nevzat Soguk (EDs), Modern Theory, Modern Power, World Politics: Critical Investigations (2016)
Webber, J. "I am the Radical Reality". Robert Oprisko and Diane S. Rubenstein (EDs), Michael Weinstein: Contemplation, Vitalism, Action. Routledge (2014)

Book, Edited

Webber, J. The Joke Is On Us: Political Comedy in (Late) Neoliberal Times. Lexington Books (2018)
Webber, J., Reynolds, W., & . Expanding Curriculum Theorizing, 2nd Edition. Routledge (2016)
Webber, J., & Leatherman, J. Charting Transnational Democracy. New York: Palgrave (2005)
Webber, J., & , W. Expanding Curriculum Theorizing (2004)


Webber, J. “Resistance and Reproduction: A Starting Point for Thought.” In: Peters M.A., Heraud R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Educational Innovation. Springer, Singapore. Peters M.A., Heraud R (EDs). Encyclopedia of Educational Innovation (2021)

Journal Article

Webber, J. The Political Force of the Comedic. Contemporary Political Theory (2021)
Webber, J. Branding the Presidency. Bradley Porfilio (EDs). The SoJo Journal: Educational Foundations and Social Justice Education 3 (2018)
Webber, J., & Anderson, M. Violence Against Women. Diana Coole, (EDs), Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Encyclopedia of Political Theory (2014)


Project XV Museum: Resisting Right-Wing Amnesia Politics. Curriculum Studies Collaborative. Georgia Southern University. (2023)
Youth Politics and Memes: Dissension, Drive and Disruption. Curriculum Studies Summer Collaboration. Georgia Southern University. (2022)
“Sources of Stylization: Mass Politics and Conformity in Youth Popular Culture and Politics,”. Critical Studies in Curriculum. Critical Studies in Curriculum. (2021)
The Joke's On Us. Studies in Humor. American Society for the Study of Humor. (2021)
The Self for Gen Z in TikTok: Irony as a Politics of Resistance.. American Political Science Association. American Political Science Association. (2021)
We Gave Our Courses a Makeover; You Can Too!. CTLT Teaching and Learning Symposium. (2020)
"Post-Ironic Youth Politics: Virality and Violence". Critical Curriculum Studies Colliquium. Georgia Southern University. (2019)
"Stylized Politics: Youth Movements and Critical Media Literacy". Critical Media Literacy Conference. Critical Media Literacy/Georgia Southern. (2019)
"Youth Politics" and "Violence against Women". Capitol Forum, Illinois Institute for Humanities. Illinois Institute for Humanities. (2019)
Author Meets Critics: Mind Unmasked: A Phenomenology of Consciousness. Midwest Political Science Association. (2018)

Grants & Contracts

Youth Politics: An Emergent Counterculture?. CAS. Illinois State University. (2022)
“Youth Politics: An Emergent Counterculture?”. CAS. Illinois State University. (2022)
SFF. CAS. Illinois State University. (2019)
Politics and Comedy. Provost Office/Sabbatical. Illinois State University. (2017)