Kent Worcester is a Professor of Political Science at MMC, and an affiliated faculty member of the College’s Academic Writing program and History department. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.
Professor Worcester is the author, editor, or coeditor of eleven books: 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 and Economic Change, 1960s-1990s (1995).
A Comics Studies Reader 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 was nominated for a 2014 Eisner Award for Best Scholarly/Academic Work.
Ph.D., Columbia University
Professor Worcester’s recent work is concerned with the nexus of comics and politics. His articles include “Comics, Comics Studies, and Political Science” (International Political Science Review, Winter 2018); “Love Control: The Hidden Story of Wonder Woman” (New Politics, Summer 2015); “New York City, 9/11 and Comics” (Radical History Review, Fall 2011); “The Punisher and the Politics of Retributive Violence” (Law Text Culture, 2012); and “Visual Language: Neil Cohn and Kent Worcester in Conversation” (International Journal of Comic Art, Spring 2015).
He has contributed chapters to numerous edited volumes, including Paul Baines et al., Explaining Cameron’s Catastrophe (IndieBooks, 2017); Frank Bramlett, Roy T. Cook, and Aaron Meskin, Routledge Companion Guide to Comics (Routledge, 2016); Sean Parson and Joseph L. Schatz, Superheroes and Critical Animal Studies (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018); Fiona Peters and Rebecca Stewart, Crime Uncovered: Antihero (Intellect, 2015); and Tatiana Prorokova and Nimrod Tal, Cultures of War in Graphic Novels (Rutgers University Press, 2018).
He wrote the foreword to Comics and the World Wars: A Cultural Record, by Jane Chapman, Anna Hoyles, Andrew Kerr, and Adam Sherif (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and coedited a symposium on “The Politics of the Superhero” with Matthew Costello that appeared in the quarterly journal PS: Political Science and Politics (January 2014).