Lewis Call

Lewis Call - department chair



  • Intellectual History
  • Science Fiction Studies 
  • Anarchism 
  • History of Sexuality

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine (1996)
  • M.A., University of California, Irvine (1992)
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego (1990)

Awards, Honors and Professional Activities

  • Distinguished Lecturer Award, California Faculty Association (Cal Poly Chapter), 2005.
  • Mr. Pointy Award for the best article in Buffy Studies, 2007.
  • Mr. Pointy Award for the best paper in Whedon Studies at the Sixth Biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses, 2014

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Postmodern Anarchism.  Lexington Books (Rowman and Littlefield), 2002.
  • "Structures of Desire:  Postanarchist Kink in the Speculative Fiction of Octavia Butler and Samuel Delany."  In Anarchism and Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power, ed. Jamie Heckert and Richard Cleminson.  New York:  Routledge, 2011.
  • "Buffy the Postanarchist Vampire Slayer."  In Post-anarchism: A Reader, ed. Duane Rousselle and Süreyya Evren.  London:  Pluto Press, 2011.
  • "Slaying the Heteronormative:  Representations of Alternative Sexuality in Buffy Season Eight Comics."  In Sexual Rhetoric in the Whedonverse, ed. Erin B. Waggoner, 106 – 116.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010.
  • "Crisis of Authority Aboard the Battlestar Galactica."  In New Perspectives on Anarchism, ed. Nathan J. Jun and Shane Wahl, 449 – 472.  Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books, 2010.
  • "Death, Sex and the Cylon: Living authentically on Battlestar Galactica." Science Fiction Film and Television vol. 5, no. 1 (2012): 85-113.
  • BDSM in American Science Fiction and Fantasy. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • "'That Weird, Unbearable Delight': Representations of Alternative Sexualities in Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men Comics."  Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association 12.2/13.1 (Winter 2014/Spring 2015): http:///www.whedonstudies.tv
  • "Joss Whedon's Radical Icon of Third Wave Feminism" in Marvel's Black Widow from Spy to Superhero: Essays on an Avenger with a Very Specific Skill Set, ed. Sherry Ginn. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2017
  • "'Find What Warmth You Can': Queer Sexualities in Buffy Season Eight through Ten Comic Books." Special Issue of Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association on "Queering the Whedonverses" 15.2 (Summer/Fall 2017): http://www.whedonstudies.tv
  • "'A Thought Thinking Itself': Postanarchism in Grant Morrison's The Invisibles.Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies (2018) no. 1: https://www.anarchist-developments.org/


  • Liberal Arts Caucus Chair, Academic Senate, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Summer 2009 – 2012.
  • Academic Senate, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fall 2008 – 2012.
  • Chair, Curriculum Committee, Department of History, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Winter 2009 – Spring 2014.
  • Curriculum Committee, Department of History, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fall 2007 – Spring 2014.
  • Employment Equity Facilitator, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fall 2009 – present.
  • California Faculty Association SLO Junior Faculty Representative, Fall 2012 – Spring 2014.
  • Department Chair, Fall 2014 - Summer 2017
  • California Faculty Association SLO Department Chair Representative, Fall 2015 - Summer 2017
  • California Faculty Association SLO Vice President, Fall 2016 - June 2018
  • California Faculty Association SLO President, June 2018 - present

Organizational Memberships

  • Associate Editor, Anarchist Studies, April 2007 – August 2017.
  • Editorial Board, Anarchist Studies, January 2000 – present.


  • History 111:  Western Civilization, Reformation to Twentieth Century
  • History 213:  Modern Political Economy
  • History 303:  Research and Writing Seminar in History
  • History 304:  Historiography
  • History 307:  European Thought, 1800-2000
  • History 354:  History of Network Technology
  • WGS 340:     Sexuality Studies
  • History 460: Senior Project I
  • History 461: Senior Project II

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