Dr. Lewis Call

Dr. Lewis Call, History Associate ProfessorAssociate Professor and Department Chair
E-mail: lcall@calpoly.edu
Office:  Building 47, Room 27D
Phone: (805) 756-2845




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

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Teaching fields:  modern European intellectual history, political economy, Western Civilization, history of network technology, history of science fiction.
  • Research fields: intellectual history, science fiction studies, anarchism, history of sexuality.

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.

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.


  • 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 – present.
  • Curriculum Committee, Department of History, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fall 2007 – present.
  • Employment Equity Facilitator, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fall 2009 – present.
  • California Faculty Association Junior Faculty Representative, 2012 – present.

Organizational Memberships

  • Associate Editor, Anarchist Studies, April 2007 – present.
  • 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 307:  European Thought, 1800-2000
  • History 354:  History of Network Technology
  • History 460: Senior Project I
  • History 461: Senior Project II

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