Diane S. Rubenstein
Professor Rubenstein’s research and teaching addresses the critical interaction between continental theory (primarily French, German, and Italian) and contemporary manifestations of ideology in Franco-American political culture. She is the author of a book on French fascist intellectuals in French elites educational institutions [What’s Left? The Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Right, 1990]. Her research focus is political rhetoric and she has investigated the media disclosure of the covert operation in France (Rainbow Warrior -- Greenpeace) and American (Iran--Contra), which have been published in anthologies. Her essays on Lacan, Baudrillard, and Foucault have appeared in Political Theory, theory and event, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Modern Fiction Studies, UMBR(a), Journal of Politics, Journal of European Studies, new centennial review. Her most recent book, on the postmodern American presidency and French theory, is: This is not a President: Sense, Nonsense, and the American Political Imaginary.
Her third book project concerns the French theorists’ use of the “televisual” as a trope for figuring European transnationality and its discontents. It focuses on the writings and, in some cases, political engagements of Bourdieu, Derrida, and Baudrillard.
Professor Rubenstein’s teaching reflects her interests in diverse manifestations of ideology. She teaches a lecture course in political theory: Government 360/Ideology. Her course offerings in American Studies include: The Postmodern Presidency; “Love American Style”: Race, (Trans)gender and American Identity; Imagining America: European travel writing from the 19th century to 9/11. Her seminar offerings in theory include Government 470: Contemporary Readings of the Ancients, which introduces advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students to Derridean deconstruction, Lacanian psychoanalysis, Foucauldian genealogy, queer theory and feminist readings of classical Greek texts. Professor Rubenstein also teaches both graduate and undergraduate seminars on media theory, with particular emphasis on film and photographic theory.