Claire P. Curtis is Associate Professor of Political Science at the College of Charleston. She is the author of Postapocalyptic Fiction and the Social Contract: “We’ll not go Home Again” (Lexington, 2010). She teaches classes in the history of political thought, contemporary liberalism, utopia/dystopia and sexual harassment. Her research interests include the intersections between postapocalyptic, utopian and dystopian thought with political philosophy. She co-edited a special edition of Utopian Studies on Octavia Butler and has also published essays on Octavia Butler, Ursula Le Guin and Marge Piercy.  She regularly presents papers at the annual Utopian Studies conferences and recently published an advice piece on the Chronicle of Higher Education.