Charles Olney

Assistant Professor of Political Science | University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley

One West University Boulevard

Brownsville, Texas 78520



2016-present      University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Pre-Law Advisor

2015-2016         University of California, Santa Cruz

Lecturer in Politics and Legal Studies



University of California, Santa Cruz

         Ph.D., Politics, 2014

Dissertation: “Justice and Legitimacy: Legal Faith in a Time of Political Exception”

Committee: Robert Meister (Chair), Gopal Balakrishnan, Mark Fathi Massoud

         M.A., Politics, 2010

Whitman College

         B.A., Politics (honors), 2003


“Justice and Legitimacy: Rawls, Schmitt, and the Normativity of Law,” Law, Culture and the Humanities, vol. 12, no. 1, February 2016, pp. 49-69.

“The Differend of Justice: Violence and Redemption in Dworkin’s Justice For Hedgehogs,” Journal of the American Philosophical Association, vol. 5, issue 2, Summer 2019, pp. 158-173.

“Reasonable Exclusions: The Problem of Political Identity in Liberal Democracy,” New Political Science, vol. 41, issue 3, Summer 2019, p. 381-399.

“A New Metaphysics: Eternal Recurrence and the Univocity of Difference” – Journal of Speculative Philosophy, vol. 34, no. 2, Spring 2020, pp. 179-200.


Humanity’s Law by Ruti Teitel,” Human Rights Review, Volume 14, Issue 4, December 2013.


“Black Lives Matter and the Politics of Redemption” – Philosophy & Social Criticism

“Who Has a Stake in Reproductive Choice? Race, Disability, and Social Embodiment” – Feminist Formations

“Crypto-Punditry and the Crisis of Political Media” – Atlantic Journal of Communication

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