UW-WC Professor Authors Chapter in Political Book

“Homer Simpson Ponders Politics”

In addition to teaching philosophy classes at UW-Washington County, Professor Mark Peterson has recently authored a chapter in a new book, titled, Homer Simpson Ponders Politics.  Peterson is one of several scholars that the authors, Joseph J. Foy and Timothy M. Dale assembled, to explore how Homer Simpson and the popular culture are educating America and reflecting traditional themes from political science and philosophy.

Professor Peterson’s chapter is titled, Avatar, Marx, and the Alienation of Labor.

According to Peterson, “Western culture has been thinking about the big political questions – like the meaning of liberty and justice – for nearly 2500 years, but the trick is to make all of that deep-thought-thinking relevant to our daily lives.  Popular movies and TV shows provide a great way to explore those ideas and insights – plus, it’s a dangerously fun way to learn.”

Foy is an Associate Professor of Political Science at UW-Waukesha and Dale is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at UW-LaCrosse. Following previous publications, Homer Simpson Goes to Washington and Homer Simpson Marches on Washington, this new volume expands the discussion, revealing how popular books like Harry Potter and television shows, like The Office, define American’s perception of society. According to Lilly Goren, co-editor of Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture and Presidential Politics, Political theory is one of the most difficult subjects that political science undergraduates encounter and Homer Simpson Ponders Politics opens up an avenue for students to engage many of the broad theories through some of the cultural artifacts with which they are most familiar: popular culture. This is a useful book for students of political theory.”

Homer Simpson Ponders Politics is available for loan at the UW-Washington County library, which is open to all county residents. For current hours, phone (262)-335-5200 or visit the website at http://washington.uwc.edu.


Sue Bausch