Claire Curtis


Address: JC Long, 9 Liberty Street, Room 222
Office Hours: By appointment only
Phone: 843.953.5724

Claire Curtis has been teaching in the department of political science since 1998.  She teaches courses on the history of political thought, contemporary liberalism, sexual harassment and utopia.  She has also taught in the Honors college and for the FYE program.

Dr. Curtis earned her MA and PhD from Johns Hopkins University and her undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College.  She has previously taught at Vanderbilt University and Reed College.  While at the College of Charleston she has been active in the Honors College, Women’s and Gender Studies and the Faculty senate.  She has served on the committee on general education, the welfare committee and the advisory committee to the President.

Dr. Curtis’ research interests are in utopia and dystopia and the intersections between political philosophy and fiction.  She has recently published a book on postapocalyptic fiction and the social contract and is working on a project on young adult postapocalyptic fiction.  She has also published on feminist utopian science fiction and is particularly interested in the work of Octavia Butler.


Ph.D., M.A., Johns Hopkins University
A.B., Bowdoin College
Field of Specialization: Political Theory