Assistant Professor of Government
Contact & Office Hours
Wright Hall 104
Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A., Yale University
B.A., Barnard College
Erin Pineda teaches courses in the history of political thought, democratic theory, race and politics, social movements and American political thought. Her research interests include the politics of protest and social movements, African American political thought, critical race theory, the long civil rights movement, radical democracy and 20th-century American political development. She is currently completing her book manuscript, "The Awful Roar: Civil Disobedience in the Wake of the Civil Rights Movement," which reinterprets the forms of action, strategic decisions and ethical claims posed by the enactment of civil rights disobedience in the 1950s and '60s as generative sites of political theorizing—ones that offer a stark contrast to the narrative presented by canonical theories of disobedience. Her research for this project was funded in part by a fellowship from the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Yale University.
Pineda received her doctorate in political science from Yale University and her bachelor's degree from Barnard College. Prior to coming to Smith College in the fall of 2017, she was Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar in Political Science at the University of Chicago, and a faculty affiliate of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture.