Ali Aslam

  • Assistant Professor of Politics
Ali Aslam

Ali Aslam is a political theorist whose research and teaching examine how citizens negotiate key concepts like freedom, recognition, and democracy through political struggle.  He is author of Ordinary Democracy: Sovereignty and Citizenship Beyond the Neoliberal Impasse (2017) and has published articles on social movements, including Black Lives Matter and Occupy.  He teaches courses on grassroots democracy, political economy, democratic theory and practice, and the history of political thought.

Areas of Expertise


  • Ph.D., Duke University
  • M.P.P., University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • B.A., Rutgers College

Happening at Mount Holyoke

Recent Campus News

This year’s Baccalaureate at Mount Holyoke College was livestreamed for the first time in its history, due to COVID-19.

Mount Holyoke College’s Common Read for 2020 will be prose essays from The New York Times Magazine’s ongoing initiative The 1619 Project.

Ali Aslam, assistant professor of politics at Mount Holyoke College, explains the Log Cabin Republicans’ surprising endorsement.

Recent Publications

Ali Aslam, Azulina Green ’17, and Savannah Harriman-Pote ’20, "Co-ops at the University: Lessons from Mo'Coffee," paper presented at the Association for Cooperative Educators Annual Conference, Denver, CO, July 18-20, 2017

Aslam, A. (2017). The Future of Bad Collectivity. Law, Culture and the Humanities,174387211771344. doi:10.1177/1743872117713444

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