Chad Shomura is a political theorist, writer, and teacher based in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.
Chad's research and teaching specialties include affect, the human and ecology, intimacy, and uneven conditions of living and dying through the frames of race, sexuality, and nation. Chad is especially interested in the struggles of marginalized peoples to survive and thrive, as well as in the alternative ideas, aesthetics, and relations that are created along the way. 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 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 has published in Theory & Event, Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences, Deleuze and Race, Asian American Literary Review, and Redescriptions: Yearbook of Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory. Chad was an Assistant Editor of Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy and is on the editorial board of Capacious: Journal of Emerging Affect Inquiry. He blogs at The Contemporary Condition. His interactive art projects have been commissioned by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center for its culture labs.