Megan Gallagher

Megan Gallagher

Assistant Professor

Office Hours

By appointment


  • PhD, Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MA, Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA, French and Francophone Studies and Political Science, Vassar College

Megan Gallagher is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama. Her areas of research include sex and gender in the history of political thought (especially the 17th and 18th centuries), feminist political theory, and politics and literature. She is currently completing her first book manuscript, Beyond Sacrifice: Civic Virtue and Emotional Practices in Republican Thought. 

She has previously taught at UCLA, Vanderbilt University, and Whitman College. She has held the Carol G. Lederer Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gender Studies at Brown University’s Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women and the Clark Dissertation Fellowship at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in Los Angeles. At UA, she teaches courses on contemporary feminist political theory and race and gender in the history of political thought.

Selected Publications

Forthcoming and recent publications include:

  • “Current Trends in the Study of Eighteenth-century Political Thought,” in Research Handbook on the History of Political Thought, eds. Cary J. Nederman and Guillaume Bogiaris (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2023).
  • “Virtue in the Republican Tradition,” in The Oxford Handbook of Republicanism, eds. Tim Sellars and Frank Lovett (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2023).
  • “Rica in Paris: Sociability and Cosmopolitanism in The Persian Letters,” in The Spirit of the Persian Letters, eds. Jeffrey Church and Constantine Vassiliou (Lexington Books, forthcoming 2023).
  • “Wollstonecraft’s Gothic Violence,” Polity 54.3 (2022): 457-477.