TitleProfessor of Political Science
DepartmentHistory, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
Kent Worcester is a Professor of Political Science at MMC, and an affiliated faculty member of the College’s History program. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.
Professor Worcester is the author, editor, or coeditor of fourteen books: A Cultural History of the Punisher: Marvel Comics and the Politics of Vengeance (2023); Pi Sigma Alpha: A Centennial History (2022); From MORI to Magna Carta: The Selected Writings of Sir Robert Worcester (two volumes, 2021 and 2022); Navigating Political Science: Professional Development and Success in the Discipline (2018); Silent Agitators: Cartoon Art from the Pages of New Politics (2016); Peter Kuper: Conversations (2016); Peter Bagge: Conversations (2015); The Superhero Reader (2013); A Comics Studies Reader (2009); Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium (2004); Violence and Politics: Globalization’s Paradox (2002); The Social Science Research Council, 1923-1998 (2001); C.L.R. James: A Political Biography (1996); and Trade Union Politics: American Unions and Economic Change, 1960s-1990s (1995).
His articles and reviews have appeared in the American Political Science Review, the Boston Globe, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Comics Journal, Critical Sociology, International Journal of Comic Art, International Journal of Political Science, Law Text Culture, Lingua Franca, National Political Science Review, Minnesota Review, New Politics, New Political Science, New Statesman, Political Science Quarterly, Popular Culture Review, PS: Political Science and Politics, Radical History Review, Research in Political Economy, Science and Society, the World Policy Journal, Youth and Policy, and elsewhere.
Professor Worcester has contributed chapters to numerous edited volumes, including Artful Breakdowns: The Comics of Art Spiegelman (2023); Judge, Jury and Executioner: Essays on the Punisher in Print and on Screen (2021); Cultures of War in Graphic Novels: Violence, Trauma, Memory (2018); Superheroes and Critical Animal Studies (2018); Explaining Cameron’s Catastrophe (2017); Routledge Companion Guide to Comics (2016); Comics and the World Wars: A Cultural Record (2015); Crime Uncovered: Antihero (2015); Explaining Cameron’s Comeback (2015); Teaching Politics Beyond the Book: Film, Texts, and New Media in the Classroom (2012); and Explaining Cameron’s Coalition (2011).
A Comics Studies Reader (coedited with Jeet Heer) received the 2010 Peter C. Rollins Award as the year’s best work in the area of American studies and/or cultural studies, while The Superhero Reader (coedited with Charles Hatfield and Jeet Heer) was nominated for a 2014 Eisner Award for Best Scholarly/Academic Work.
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Ph.D., Columbia University