Diana Boros is Associate Professor of political theory in the SMCM Department of Political Science. Her research interests include the intersections of art and politics, such as public art as a tool of political intervention, Critical Theory and the Frankfurt School, 20th century French philosophy, and feminist, as well as American political thought. She is particularly interested in how public artistic experiences, and inspiring, inclusive public spaces, can energize everyday life and strengthen democracy. She has published two books: Creative Rebellion for the Twenty-First Century: The Importance of Public and Interactive Art to Political Life in America (March 2012), and Re-Imagining Public Space: The Frankfurt School in the 21st Century (December 2014).
While at SMCM, she has been awarded two prestigious honors: the Norton T. Dodge Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement by Junior Faculty, and the Faculty Student Life Award. She has also taught at the University of Maryland, College Park, and at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
Courses Recently Taught
- . American Political Thought
- . Feminist Political Theory
- . Democracy & Inequality
- . Gender and Political Philosophy
- . The Politics of Art & Public Art
- . The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory
- . Democratic Political Thought
- B.A. - Rutgers University
- M.A. - University of Maryland
- Ph.D. - University of Maryland
Creative Rebellion for the Twenty-First Century: The Importance of Public and Interactive Art to Political Life in America
Employing political philosophy to argue the need for social and public art projects to be an increasing part of the everyday lives of Americans, Boros creates a new synthesis of philosophical ideas to support the vital political value of public art. Diverse and ever-expanding expressions of art in the public provide a dialectical alternative to the deadening effects of normalization and the conformity and complacency it yields. The author endeavors to add to the ongoing discussions regarding the foundations of democracy and civic engagement, and promotes public art as a way to re-invigorate our everyday public experiences, and to re-engage people in critical self-awareness, as well as in their communities.
– Mary Caputi, professor of Political Theory at California State University, Long Beach
“By speaking to the possibility that art, specifically public art, can inspire the formation of new forms of democratic political participation and community, Diana Boros importantly contributes to the growing body of significant literature on political theory and aesthetics, politics, and art. Her argument helps like-minded theorists to counter-balance the one-sided and by now very questionable thesis that the artistic media of a democratic culture serves only to perpetuate the status-quo.”
– Morton Schoolman, professor of Political Science, State University of New York at Albany
“Diana Boros wrote a passionate and thoughtful plea for a new aesthetics of the public spaces in our lives, for endowing our everyday experiences with a thorough and enriching meaning. Erudite and captivating, this book invites the reader to abandon long-held stereotypes and engage in vibrantly new perspectives on art, politics, modernity, revolt, and the assertion of an authentic subjectivity.”
– Vladimir Tismaneanu, professor of Comparative Politics, University of Maryland
Re-Imagining Public Space: The Frankfurt School in the 21st Century
Public space, both literally and figuratively, is foundationally important to political life. From Socratic lectures in the public forum, to Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring, public spaces have long played host to political discussion and protest. This book revolves around the ardent belief that we are in need of a reconsideration of the experience of public space in the face of the current demands and challenges of public life. If democracy is indeed less a governmental structure, and more “things that people do”, then the people need spaces open, available, and liberated in which to perform their acts. We need fresh approaches to the use and conditions of our communal spaces so that they can reflect ever-increasing perspectives while encouraging civic engagement as well as individual liberation and empowerment.
– Linda Zerilli, University of Chicago
“While reminding us of its vital importance to a democratic society, Boros and Glass have assembled a collection of essays that make a unique and defining contribution to newly conceptualizing, for our age, the meaning of public space, the public sphere, the idea of the public itself, all of which have not received the attention they deserve in recent contemporary political theory. Re-Imagining Public Space is a clarion call to refocus our intellectual energies on what is fundamental and indispensable to a democratic form of life.”
– Morton Schoolman, State University of New York at Albany