Peter Bratsis

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Associate Professor
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice


Office: N-651U

Office Hours: Mon. 2-4, Wed. 6-7

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=5334

I joined the faculty at BMCC in 2012. Previously, I taught at the University of Salford (2006-2012) and have also held positions at the London School of Economics, Brooklyn College, and Queens College.

My reseach mainly concerns the categories and ideas that our political world is based upon and how these ideas are created and reproduced. This has included studies on the production of the state, the categories of the public and private, the ways that nationalized individuals are created, and the perception of the clean and dirty in political life. I am currently working on two research projects. One is on how political corruption has come to be understood as a lack of transparency and the other on how security, comfort, and the animal side of our nature has increasingly displaced the political and human side of our nature. The shift in how we think about the dividing line between humans and animals is a key part of the study; especially the shift away from thought, cogito, as that which marks the separation between the human and the animal to pain, sentience, as the key category in thinking about the human and animal. The growing popularity of veganism as well as new patterns in the names we give to pets are examined as symptoms of the abandonment of politics and this new way that humans think of themselves.

My publications include the books Everyday Life and the State and, with Stanley Aronowitz, Paradigm Lost: State Theory Reconsidered. I have also published numerous essays in academic journals, including Social Text, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, and Historical Materialism, among others. In addition to the foregoing I am a founding editor of the journal Situations and occasionally contribute editorials and news analyses to outlets such as Jacobin, Truthout, and the Indypendent.


Social Movements, Race and Ethnicity, Populism, Popular Culture, Political Theory, Political Sociology, Political Corruption, Ontology, Marxism, Greek Politics


  • B.A. University of Maryland, Economics and Political Science,1991
  • Ph.D. City University of New York, Political Science,2002

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • An Anatomy of Corruption
  • Twenty Years of Boredom: Veganism and the Cultural Logic of Late Liberalism


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

Additional Information

Many of my publications can be found at:

Some Recorded Talks: