Vicki Hsueh

Professor, UFWW Vice President


Vicki Hsueh completed her PhD in Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and joined the faculty of the Western Political Science Department in 2003.  Her research interests include Anglo-American Political Thought, Ancient and Modern Constitutionalism, History and Historiography of Political Thought, Politics of Representation, Protest Movements and Civic Action, Identity Politics and Theory, Indigenous Politics and Post-Colonial Theory.  Dr. Hsueh is the author of numerous publications and a regular presenter at national and international conferences.  She has been the recipient of several fellowships including the Barbara S. Mosbacher Fellowship (John Carter Brown Library), the Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowship (American Antiquarian Society), and the Mayer Fellowship (Huntington Library).

Prof. Hsueh teaches courses in Political Theory, Renaissance and Modern Political Thought, American Political Thought, Contemporary Political Theory, and Feminist Political Theory.  “EVERYTHING YOU COULD ASK FOR IN A PROF...Great communicator and arbiter of class discussion. Will be very encouraging--takes student ideas and feedback very seriously and equally.”  “Super kind, clear, well-organized. Extremely smart”  

Currently she is the Vice President of the United Faculty of Western Washington. In the past, Professor Hsueh has been active in community service as a firefighter/EMT for the South Whatcom Fire Authority and an advocate for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services.

Current Courses

Fall 2023

  • PLSC 261 – Introduction to Political Theory

Spring 2024

  • PLSC 361 – Classical Political Thought
  • PLSC 362 – Political Theory: Renaissance and Modern

Selected Publications


  • Hybrid Constitutions: Making and Unmaking Power and Privilege in Colonial America, Duke University  Press (2010).

Book Chapters

  • Haunani-Kay Trask, Ka Lāhui Hawai’i, and Indigenous Sovereignty.” Global Political Theory, edited by Kate Gordy, Shirin Deylami, and Smita Rahman (Routledge, forthcoming).

  • "Reparations, Refusals, and Grief: Idle No More and Democratic Mourning” in Democratic Politics of Mourning, edited volume by David McIvor and Alexander Hirsch (Lexington Press, February 2019).

  • “Under Negotiation: Empowering Treaty Constitutionalism" in Colonialism and Its Legacies, edited by Iris Marion Young and Jacob Levy (Lexington Press, Fall 2011).


  • Reclaiming Care: Refusal, Nullification, and Decolonial Politics,” Contemporary Political Theoryforthcoming.

  • "Intoxicated Reasons, Rational Feelings: Rethinking the Early Modern English Public Sphere,” Review of Politics, Winter 2016.
  • "Unsettling Colonies: Locke, 'Atlantis,' and New World Knowledges," History of Political Thought. 2008 (29).
  • "Cultivating and Challenging the Common: Lockean Property, Indigenous Traditionalisms, and the Problem of Exclusion," Contemporary Political Theory. 2006 (5): 193-214.
  • "Giving Orders: Theory and Practice in the Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina," Journal of the History of Ideas, 2002: 425-446.