Chad Shomura is a political theorist, teacher, and artist based in Denver, Colorado.
Chad was born and raised on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. He received his BA and MA in Political Science from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and his PhD in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University with a focus in Political Theory. He is now Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado Denver.
Chad's work focuses on affect, the human and ecology, intimacy, and uneven conditions of living and dying through the frames of race, sexuality, nation, and species. Chad is especially interested in the struggles of marginalized groups to survive and thrive, as well as in the alternative ideas, aesthetics, and worlds that are created along the way. In his research and teaching, he engages canonical and nontraditional political thinkers through fields such as feminist, queer, and American studies and through various media, including poetry, literature, and film.
Chad has published in Theory & Event, Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences, Deleuze and Race, Asian American Literary Review, Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, and Redescriptions: Yearbook of Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory. He was an Assistant Editor of Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy and is on the editorial board of Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry. Chad designs interactive experiments in stranger intimacy, two of which were commissioned by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. He blogs at The Contemporary Condition.