Samantha Frost is Professor in the Department of Political Science, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research examines how our ideas about embodiment shape our understanding of political subjectivity. She is the author of Lessons from a Materialist Thinker: Hobbesian Reflections on Ethics and Politics (Stanford UP, 2008), which received The First Book Award from the Foundations of Political Theory section of the American Political Science Association. Frost co-edited, with Diana Coole, the volume New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics (Duke UP 2010). She also recently published Biocultural Creatures: Towards a New Theory of the Human (Duke UP 2016), which elaborates thinking derived from second discipline training in molecular and cellular biology made possible by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship (2010-11). Frost recently served as Faculty Fellow and Director of the Biohumanities Research Initiative (2016-18), a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and hosted by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (now known as the Humanities Research Institute). Her current project is tentatively titled The Attentive Body.
Beginning in Spring 2021, Amber Ginsburg (Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago), Sara Black (Department of Sculpture at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and Samantha Frost (Department of Political Science and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) engage in a two-year collaborative art project called Untidy Objects. At the center of this project is a multi-sensory living sculpture, through which the collaborators aim to capture the relationship between a living subject and its world. From its initial installation through the course of its growth and self-transformation, the living sculpture will be a site in which multiple species co-mingle and visitors come to appreciate the extensive forms of co-mingling that make their own lives possible.