Linda Marie-Gelsomina Zerilli is the Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the College. She is currently Faculty Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Zerilli is the author of Signifying Woman: Culture and Chaos in Rousseau, Burke, and Mill (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1994), Feminism and the Abyss of Freedom (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005), and articles on subjects ranging across feminist thought, the politics of language, aesthetics, and Continental philosophy. Her current book project is titled Toward a Democratic Theory of Judgment. She has been a Fulbright Fellow, a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, a Stanford Humanities Center Fellow, and has most recently won a Mellon Sawyer Seminar grant. Professor Zerilli has served on the executive committee of Political Theory and is currently serving on the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Constellations, and Culture, Theory, and Critique.