At Macalester, Althea Rani Sircar's courses contribute to the core as well as elective requirements for the Concentration in Critical Theory, the college-wide general education requirements in U.S. Identities and Differences, International Studies, and the full complement of Writing requirements. Many have been cross-listed in the departments of American Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and/or Media and Cultural Studies.
Sircar's courses invite students into the political theory practices of close reading and text-based analysis, while also frequently engaging with scholarship across the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and physical sciences. Trained in multiple methods, Sircar's teaching draws on her current research in modern to contemporary political thought, critical theory, and phenomenology). Topical courses include the politics of race, gender, disability and colonialism; political theory approaches to environmental ethics; and South Asian political and social thought from 1850-present. Her teaching interests also include: philosophy of social science; revolutionary movements; and democratic theory.