Professor Michael Shapiro

Professor Michael Shapiro


I began teaching at the University of Hawai'i's Department of Political Science after receiving my Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1966. I have also taught at the University of California–Berkeley, 1968– 1970, twice at the University of Massachusetts on exchanges (1979 and 1986), at the University of Bergen in Norway (1972–73), at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU (2002), and at Scoula Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence, Italy. My early research was in the areas of political psychology and decision–making, applied to American foreign policy decision making and to Norwegian Oil production decision–making. Since the early 1980's my research and writing has been in the areas of political theory and philosophy, critical social theory, cultural studies, politics of media, indigenous politics, and critical international studies. In connection with this turn in my research I have been involved in co–editing two books series, one in International studies and Comparative politics (with the University of Minnesota Pres) entitled Borderlines and one in Political Thought (with the University of Edinburgh Press) entitled Taking on the Political.

Research Interests

My research and teaching interests are in the areas of political theory and philosophy, critical social theory, global politics, politics of media, politics of aesthetics, politics of culture, and indigenous politics.

Courses Taught

Recent courses: American Political Thought, Writing War, Visual Culture and the Public Sphere, War and Cinema, Scope and Methods of Political Science, Politics of Aesthetics.


Curriculum Vitae