agamben’s political thought

The draft syllabus for Political Science 42015, “Agamben’s Political Thought,” is now available in the classroom. This will be my last course until the Spring of 2017.




new and forthcoming publications

I’m pleased to announce that Theory & Event has published my essay “Unexpected Paths: On Political Theory and History,” a short piece that reflects on the blind spots produced by our habitual bisection of the field of political theory into “history of political thought” and “normative political philosophy,” and also pays tribute to Sheldon Wolin.  It’s part of a symposium on history and political theory that includes contributions by Keally McBride, Jeanne Morefield, Sam Moyn, and Chip Turner.

Forthcoming: a critical exchange with Patricia Owens on her outstanding book Economy of Force in the journal Security Dialogue, and, further down the pipeline, comments on Rainer Forst’s Normativität und Macht and Wendy Brown’s Undoing the Demos.




On Revolution, Continued

The preliminary syllabus for Political Science 34625, “On Revolution, Continued” is now available in the classroom. Though, given that tomorrow is the first day of the quarter, the “preliminary” syllabus seems pretty likely also to be the final syllabus….




I Am The Walrus

of wolverines, walruses, and Joel Selvin

When my family first moved to the Bay Area in 1978, my father got to know Joel Selvin, the music critic at the SF Chronicle, who generously gave him a big stack of old 45’s for me. Somewhere in that stack was the 45 of the Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye,” b/w “I Am The Walrus.”  I remember being fascinated by the visual effect of the orange-and-yellow swirls spinning on my little child’s phonograph, with its pebbled plastic carrying case. Going on four decades later, on the day I brought home my new Soma Wolverine, I realized that this must be why I had known from the beginning that the panniers had to be yellow. Goo goo ga joob, and thanks, Joel.


Hannah Arendt: On Revolution

The preliminary syllabus for Political Science 24525, “Hannah Arendt: On Revolution” is now available in the classroom.  Stay tuned for information about some new publications, and n=n+1.




de revolutionibus syllaborum posterorum

I’ve made some small adjustments to my teaching plans for next year: the Agamben seminar has moved from the Winter to the Spring, and I will now be following up my Autumn undergraduate/graduate course on Arendt’s On Revolution with a graduate seminar called “On Revolution Continued.”  Details in the classroom.




“Anonymous Glory” published

In 2013, I wrote a paper on Arendt, Faulkner, and the relation of action to anonymous social processes for a panel on “Glory” at the APSA.  David Owen contributed a piece on Machiavelli; Tracy Strong wrote on Hobbes.  All three papers were accepted by the European Journal of Political Theory.  They haven’t been scheduled for a print issue yet, but my piece and David’s have been published online ahead of print, and Tracy’s should join them soon.  You can find a link to the paper here.