Linden Alumna Alison McQueen Publishes New Book on Apocalyptic Rhetoric

Posted by Admin on January 22, 2018 at 9:30 AM


Congratulations to Linden alumna Alison McQueen on her new book, Political Realism in Apocalyptic Times. We are so proud of your achievements!

Alison graduated from Linden in 1999 and after completing her MA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Toronto, she obtained her PhD in Government from Cornell University. 

“My time at The Linden School cultivated an intellectual curiosity and the habits of careful work that stuck with me in my academic career. I’m very grateful for it,” Alison recently shared with us. 

At present, Alison serves as Assistant Professor at Stanford University's Department of Political Science and published her new book in January 2018. 

"Apocalyptic rhetoric fills a need in troubled times. We have a need to understand events like wars, natural disasters, economic collapse and looming nuclear conflagration. The causes of these things are complex. Apocalyptic rhetoric makes them easier to understand. And if that rhetoric incorporates an element of redemption, it can be quite comforting. It tells us: 'These terrible things that are happening to you are not random or meaningless. They’re the necessary prelude to a new and better world in which goodness will be rewarded and evil vanquished.' That is a powerful and seductive narrative in any era." Alison McQueen, author of Political Realism in Apocalyptic Times

Read Alison's interview about her new book and find it on Amazon.


Stanford political scientist Alison McQueen. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)