Photo by Boram Jeong

Photo by Boram Jeong


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, ordinary life, and uneven conditions of living and dying through the frames of race, sexuality, coloniality, and species. It explores the struggles of marginalized groups to survive and thrive, as well as the alternative ideas, aesthetics, and worlds that are created along the way. In his research and teaching, Chad 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's recent publications may be found in Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences, Asian American Literary Review, and Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association. Chad designs interactive art experiments in stranger intimacy, two of which were commissioned by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. He 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.

Inspired by his feline companion ʻAe Kai, Chad settles for nothing less than a world that can embrace us all.