College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Jill Hargis

Dr. Jill Hargis

Professor and Chair of Political Science

PHONE: 909-869-3882


OFFICE: 94-303

OFFICE HOURS: M 10:00-11:30am,

Tu/W 1:30-2:30pm, Th 2:00-3:30pm

Full CV

Academic Area

Political Theory, Public Law

Areas of Expertise

Political theory, postmodernism, Nietzsche

Research Statement

Dr. Jill E. Hargis has studied the concept of the masses in relationship to democratic theory and practice in 20th century continental political thought, particularly in the work of Martin Heidegger, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Michel Foucault. More recently she is focusing her work on American political thought, including Thomas Jefferson, as well as contemporary environmental political theory.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • JD, Harvard University
  • BA, University of Tennessee

Courses Taught

A course for political science majors designed to introduce them to the resources available for the study of, and careers in, political science, including the development and practice of research skills, presentation skills, and career strategies.
Selection of and preparation for an internship under faculty supervision. Students develop a plan for identifying an internship opportunity related to their career goals and conduct a search, apply, and be selected for an appropriate internship. How to learn and apply lessons from the internship will be covered in meetings with the instructor. Work to be completed over two quarters in PLS 465 and PLS 466. Required minimum of 120 hours.
Guided by judges, students observe a variety of L.A. Superior Court proceedings, including criminal, mental health, drug and civil cases. Students engage with judges and lawyers from these courts. Lectures cover foundations and current problems of the law.


Hargis, J. 2016. "Hannah Arendt's turn to the self and environmental responses to climate change paralysis." Environmental Politics, 25(3), 475-493. (Link)
Hargis, J.E. 2013. "Friedrich Nietzsche" in Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought, eds. Claeys G. and L.T. Sargent. Washington DC: CQ Press. (Link)
Hargis, J.E. 2012. "From Demonization of the Masses to Democratic Practice in the work of Nietzsche, and Foucault." Human Studies, 34(4): 373-392. (Link)
Hargis, J.E. 2010. "(Dis)Embracing the Herd: A Look at Nietzsche’s Shifting Views of the Individual and the People." History of Political Thought, 31(3): 475-507. (Link)
Hargis, J.E. 2007. "Introduction" and co-editor in Histories of Postmodernism, an edited volume, with eds. Bevir, M. and S. Rushing. New York, NY: Routledge Press. (Link)
Hargis, J.E. 2007. "Chapter 3: Escape from the Subject: Heidegger’s Das Man and Being-in-the-world" in Histories of Postmodernism. New York, NY: Routledge Press. (Link)