Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice
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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
- The history, development, and intellectual origin of American government are studied and analyzed. Special consideration is given to the structure and operation of the executive, legislative and judiciary branches, and the role of government and politics in a modern industrial society.
- This class involves students in observation and critical analysis of political affairs. Topics and themes will include both American and global perspectives and both contemporary and historical cases. The class introduces a range of approaches to the study of politics, such as empirical research, quantitative analysis, theoretical questioning, and the examination of literary or artistic works. Central concepts will include politics, power, government, conflict, and justice.
- This course analyzes the nature of power in America. Who governs? How is power exercised? What is the relationship between the private sector and the public sector? These and other areas will be investigated. The course will examine concepts and approaches to the study of power, including pluralism, elite, class, and the role of race and gender.
Prerequisite: Any 100-level Social Science course
- This is a summer course taught abroad in Greece. Ancient Greek thinkers and the experiences of the ancient polis will be studied with a view to their influence, validity, and contemporary relevance. Readings will include Plato and Aristotle, among others.
Research and Projects
- An Anatomy of Corruption
- Twenty Years of Boredom: Veganism and the Cultural Logic of Late Liberalism
- Everyday Life and the State, (2016) Routledge
- “Legitimation Crisis and the Greek Explosion”, (2010) International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
- “Political Corruption in the Age of Transnational Capitalism: From the Relative Autonomy of the State to the White Man’s Burden”, (2014) Historical Materialism
- Paradigm Lost: State Theory Reconsidered, (2002) University of Minnesota Press
- “The Construction of Corruption: Rules of Separation and Illusions of Purity in Bourgeois Societies”, (2003) Social Text
- “The Greek Crisis as Concrete Universal: On the Impossibility of Reform and the Impasse of Subjectivity”, (2016) Situations
Honors, Awards and Affiliations
Many of my publications can be found at: Academia.edu
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