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.

“Black Lives Matter and the Politics of Redemption,” Philosophy & Social Criticism, OnlineFirst, April 20, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1177/01914537211009573.

“Crypto-Punditry and the Crisis of Political Media,” Atlantic Journal of Communication, OnlineFirst, June 22, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1080/15456870.2021.1936525.


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


“Our Bodies, Our Choices: Reproductive Justice and Social Embodiment”

“The Politics of Preservation: Openness to Inclusion from Neighborhoods to Nation States”


Modern and contemporary political theory, legal philosophy, justice, politics of identity, constitutional law, international law, feminist and gender studies

Full C.V. available for download here.