Kent Worcester is a Professor of Political Science at MMC, and an affiliated faculty member of the College’s Academic Writing program. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.
Professor Worcester is the author, editor, or coeditor of ten books: Trade Union Politics and Economic Change, 1960s-1990s(1995); C.L.R. James: A Political Biography (1996); The Social Science Research Council, 1923-1998 (2001); Violence and Politics: Globalization’s Paradox (2002); Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium (2004); A Comics Studies Reader (2009); The Superhero Reader (2013); Peter Bagge: Conversations (2015); Peter Kuper: Conversations (2016); and Silent Agitators: Cartoon Art from the Pages of New Politics (2016).
A Comics Studies Reader received the 2010 Peter C. Rollins Award as the year’s best work in the area of American studies and/or cultural studies, while The Superhero Reader was nominated for a 2014 Eisner Award for Best Scholarly/Academic Work.
Professor Worcester currently serves on the Pi Sigma Alpha Executive Council.
Ph.D., Columbia University
Professor Worcester’s recent publications include “Love Control: The Hidden Story of Wonder Woman” (New Politics, Summer 2015), “Visual Language: Neil Cohn and Kent Worcester in Conversation” (International Journal of Comic Art, Spring 2015), “Jesse Cohen, Laura Slobe, and the Hidden History of Political Cartooning” (with Ethan Young; International Journal of Comic Art, Fall 2013), and “New York City, 9/11 and Comics” (Radical History Review, Fall 2011).
He wrote the foreword to Comics and the World Wars: A Cultural Record, by Jane Chapman, Anna Hoyles, Andrew Kerr, and Adam Sherif (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), a chapter on the Punisher for Fiona Peters and Rebecca Stewart, eds., Crime Uncovered: Antihero(Intellect, 2015), and an essay on “Graphic Novels in the Social Science Classroom” for Robert Glover and Daniel Tagliarina, eds., Teaching Politics Beyond the Book: Film, Texts and New Media in the Classroom (Bloomsbury, 2012). In addition, he coedited a print symposium on “The Politics of the Superhero” with Matthew Costello that appeared in the quarterly journal PS: Political Science and Politics (January 2014).