Matthew Frierdich

Matthew Frierdich


Political Theory


Comparative Politics


B.A. Drury University
M.Div. Vanderbilt Divinity School


My research explores the intersections of affect, crisis, and power. I study how experiences of loss and violence inform subjectivity, and foreclose and/or empower political agency. I am also interested in how conflicts of representation and recognition structure discourses of citizenship and legitimacy.

Research Interests
Theories of affect, intersubjectivity, and embodiment, Continental political thought, democratic deliberation, psychoanalysis, aesthetics, and political theologies