Graduate Student Directory

Natali Levin Schwartz
  • Title
    • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Politics Department
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  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Academic Building, 141
  • Office Hours by apportionment
  • Mail Stop Merrill/Crown Faculty Services

Summary of Expertise

I am interested in political and critical social theory and focus on different forms of political action and their relationship to a verity of modes of domination in contemporary liberal democracies. I study questions of violence, resistance, the relationship between law and activism, and how individuals and groups can use, mobilize, or challenge the legal domain by extralegal means. 

My dissertation project examines the practice of testimony in different spheres as a mode of political action against sexual violence. 

Research Interests

Political and Critical Theory; Law and Society; Critical Legal Studies; Feminism; Radical Democracy; Social Media; Social Movements; Violence; Power; Resistance; Activism; Testimony; Sexual Violence; #MeToo. 

Biography, Education and Training

M.A, Political Science, Tel Aviv University

B.A, Political Science and Communication studies, Tel Aviv University

Honors, Awards and Grants

UCSC Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development (DPD) Fellowship, 2019-2020

UC Santa Cruz Politics Department Travel Grant, Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 

Regents’ Fellowship, UCSC, Fall 2017

Meister Award to support outstanding graduate students working in political theory, UC Santa Cruz Politics Department, 2017

Selected Presentations

  • "Theorizing Political Testimony in the 21st Century," Association for Political Theory annual meeting, Massachusetts, November 2020 (scheduled)  
  • "Reconceptualizing the practice of testimony in the #MeToo era," WPSA annual meeting, Los Angeles, May 2020 (online
  • "The MeToo movement and the challenges of political testimony: Thinking about the role of legal and extralegal testimony in dealing with issues of violence," LSA annual meeting, Denver, May 2020 (online

Teaching Interests

Political Theory; Critical Theory; Legal studies 


Teaching experience (TA)   

POLI 65: Introduction to International Relations

LGST 10: Introduction to Legal Process

POLI 105D: Contemporary Political Thought

POLI 105C: Modern Political Thought

POLI 105B: Early Modern Political Thought

POLI 60: Comparative Politics

POLI/LGST 111B: Civil Liberties

POLI 70: Global Politics