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Research Interests

  • Modern political theory, contemporary political theory, feminist theory, biology, biopolitics

Research Description

Samantha Frost's research focuses on the ways that our understanding of matter, materiality, or embodiment shapes our concepts of politics.

Her first book, Lessons from a Materialist Thinker: Hobbesian Reflections on Ethics and Politics (Stanford UP 2008), examined how Thomas Hobbes's materialist metaphysics shaped his account of subjectivity and of the processes through which political order is constituted.  This book was recognized with a First Book Award by the Foundations of Political Theory section of the American Political Science Association.

Frost co-edited, with Diana Coole, a collection of essays by contemporary theorists called New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics (Duke UP 2010).  The essays in this volume explore in a variety of ways how a focus on materiality shifts our sense of the terrain and stakes of politics. 

Frost was recently a recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship which enabled her to undertake training in the biological sciences.  Drawing on that training, Frost is currently completing a manuscript entitled Biology for Humanists.

Selected Publications

Edited Books

Coole, Diana, and Samantha Frost New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics Durham, NC Duke University Press 2010.

Journal Articles

Reconsidering the Turn to Biology in Feminist Theory Feminist Theory 15 3 2014, p. 307-26.


Biocultural Creatures: Toward a New Theory of the Human Durham, NC Duke University Press 2016.