Office: McGannon Hall, Room 134
Office Hours: Fall 2016 -- by appt.
Robert Strikwerda is Associate Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies at Saint Louis University. He directs the internship program and the Global and Local Social Justice certificate program.
Education and Background. Dr. Strikwerda received his undergraduate degree from Calvin College and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, with a dissertation on Emile Durkheim's philosophy of science. He came to SLU from Indiana University Kokomo, where he was Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Honors Program. Previously, he taught at Notre Dame, Bowling Green State, Ohio State, Wisconsin La Crosse, Purdue, and South Carolina at Aiken.
Research. He has published on men and feminism, on Durkheim, on the dispute over Margaret Mead's anthropological work in Samoa, as well as short pieces on ethics and the City as Text honors pedadogy. Along with Larry May and Patrick Hopkins, he edited the anthology Rethinking Masculinity: Philosophical Explorations in the Light of Feminism (Rowman and Littlefield, second edition 1996) which contains several of his articles. He is currently researching Durkheim's concept of solidarity.
Teaching. He teaches courses in men and masculinities, feminist political theory, and qualitative research methods applied to gender and cultural issues. He has previously taught a wide range of philosophy courses as well as courses using the Reacting to the Past method in which students take roles to replay a historically crucial moment such as Athens in 403 BD, the time of Socrates and the Peloponnesian War, or India in 1945, at the eve of independence from Great Britain.
Men and Mansculinities
Cultural Analyses: Methods and Strategies of Interpretation
Special Topics: China & India React to Past
Special Topics: Citizen Leadership