syllabi for spring now available

Final syllabi for GOVT 1615, “Introduction to Political Theory,” and GOVT 6816, “Seminar: Arendt,” are now available in the classroom. Happy holidays and new year!

The Modern Challenge to Tradition:
Fragmente eines Buchs

I am thrilled to announce that the first volume (actually volume 6, out of a projected 17) in the new Kritische Gesamtausgabe or Critical Edition of the Complete Works of Hannah Arendt has been published by Wallstein Verlag in Göttingen. (I’m one of the general editors of the project.) (more…)

two hundred and eighty-two

Master carpenters of the Finger Lakes, rejoice; for that is the number of boxes of books, mostly shelfless, that will be on a truck from Chicago to Ithaca in about a week. Although my University of Chicago email address will still work for some unknown period of time, please direct professional correspondence to me at

…meanwhile, back in Pick Hall…

There’s still a Spring Quarter to teach. Syllabi for “Classics of Social and Political Thought, III” and “Marx’s Capital and its Readers” are now available in the classroom.

big changes afoot

I’m excited to announce that I will be joining Cornell University’s Department of Government this summer! (I’ll update the site with new contact information when I have it.)

marx’s capital and its readers, I

The DRAFT syllabus for PLSC 44501, “Marx’s Capital and its Readers, I” is now available in the classroom and (directly) here. There may be some tinkering between now and January 4.

neoliberalism and disavowal

I’m pleased to announce that a short piece of mine responding to Wendy Brown’s Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution has been published by Theory & Event as part of a symposium that also features excellent contributions by Antonio Vázquez-Arroyo and Annie McClanahan. Since I have occasionally been known to present serious work under punny rubrics, I must on this occasion solemnly declare, with a mixture of relief and regret, that I had absolutely nothing to do with the title of the symposium.