Ali Aslam

Assistant Professor of Politics; on leave 2021-2022

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.

Recent Campus News

Students in masks and regalia sitting 6 feet apart in Abbey Chapel.

A Baccalaureate event unlike any other

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

The 1619 Project was published in 2019 with the goal of re-examining the legacy of slavery in the United States and timed for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Virginia.

The 1619 Project is the Common Read for 2020

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

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Why would Log Cabin Republicans back Trump?

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

Ali Aslam, Visiting Lecturer of Politics

New House, new rules

Ali Aslam, assistant professor of politics at Mount Holyoke, discusses the new rules that could reshape the House of Representatives into “the people’s House.”

Recent Publications

Aslam, A., McIvor, D., & Schlosser, J. (2019). Democratic Theory When Democracy Is Fugitive, Democratic Theory, 6(2), 27-40. Retrieved Jan 22, 2020, from

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