Deirdre Condit

Deirdre Condit, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
827 West Franklin Street (Founder's Hall) Room 213


Deirdre Condit is an associate professor of political science in the College of Humanities and Sciences at VCU. She received her bachelor’s degree from her hometown university, Idaho State; completed 76 graduate hours in Political Science at Portland State University; and then went on to complete her MA and PhD in Political Science from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

As a feminist political theorist, her research interests engage work in the areas of women and politics, the politics of reproductive and genetic technologies, maternal political theory, sex and gender identity, and the nexus between complexity theory and trans-corporeality.  Her interdisciplinary interests span and integrate studies in political theory, feminist theory, law, and public policy.  She has recently joined the national academic conversation concerning online education with a recently published e-book chapter titled “Beyond College in a Can: Teaching with Integrity and the Problem of Online Academia.” She is one of five co-editors of the newly developed, Sage journal, Sexuality, Media, and Society.

In addition to her current work on Sophocles’ Antigone, Dr. Condit has published several articles in some of the top journals in her interdisciplinary fields, including Sex Roles, Rhetoric and Public Affairs,The Journal of Medical Humanities, Policy Sciences, Women and Politics, and The American Review of Public Administration, and several book chapters and monographs in a variety of disciplines, as well.  She was recently featured in a CSPAN-3 installment of the American History series (available at: and in the 2009 documentary, Pink State Politics. She is a regular contributor to numerous local and regional media organizations, providing political commentary and analysis, particularly on issues related to women and politics. She teaches courses across the field of political theory, women and politics, women and the law, and the Senior Capstone course in political science.  She identifies as both a full-time working mother and full-time mothering worker!


“Beyond College in a Can! Teaching with Integrity in Online Academia,” in VCU Online Learning Summit: Beginning the Dialogue, Joyce Kincannon, ed. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0, October 14, 2012, ePub, available at

“Being There Matters: Redefining the Model Public Servant in Virginia,” with Janet Hutchinson, Public Administration Review, January/February 2009, vol. 69, No1, 29-39.  Reprinted in, Serving the Public Interest:  Profiles of Successful and Innovative Public Servants, Norma Riccucci, ed. M. E. Sharpe, 2012.

“Androgenesis and Mothering Human Identity,” in Mothering at the 21st Century: Identity, Policy, Experience and Agency, Andrea O’Reilly, ed. Columbia University Press, spring 2010.

“Lay Understandings of Sex/Gender and Genetics: A Method Preserving Polyvocal Coder Input,” with Celeste Condit, Enid Sefcovic, Carolina Acosta-Alzuru, Sonja Brown-Givens, Cindy Dietz, and Roxanne Parrot, Sex Roles, October, 2003.

“Human Equality, Affirmative Action, and Genetic Models of Human Variation,” with Celeste Condit and Paul J. Achter, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Volume 4, #1, Spring, 2001.

“Recipes and Blueprints: Gendered Rhetorics of Our Genes,” with Celeste Condit, Journal of Medical Humanities, Volume 22, #1, 2001.
“Marginalizing Women: Images of Pregnancy in Williams Obstetrics,” with Sheila Smith, The Journal of Perinatal Care, April 2000.