Presenters

Lawrie Balfour is professor of politics and a core faculty member in the American studies program at UVA. She is the author of Democracy’s Reconstruction: Thinking Politically with W. E. B. Du Bois (Oxford University Press) and The Evidence of Things Not Said: James Baldwin and the Promise of American Democracy (Cornell University Press). Her articles on race, gender, and democracy have appeared in Political Theory, Perspectives on Politics, American Political Science Review, Hypatia, The Du Bois Review, and other journals and edited volumes. She is working on two book projects: one on reparations as a democratic idea and another on Toni Morrison’s imagination of freedom. She is currently the editor of Political Theory.

Yarimar Bonilla is an associate professor in the Departments of Latino & Caribbean Studies and Anthropology at Rutgers University. She teaches and writes about social movements, colonial legacies, and questions of race, sovereignty, citizenship, and nation across the Americas. She is the author of Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment and is currently completing a monograph about the statehood movement in Puerto Rico.

Julius B. Fleming, Jr. is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. Specializing in African Diasporic literatures and cultures, he has particular interests in performance studies, visual culture, politics, sound studies, and medicine—especially where they intersect with race, gender, and sexuality. Julius is currently completing his first book manuscript, entitled Black Patience: The Radical Potential of Performance in the Civil Rights Movement. This project argues that black theatre, like photography and television, was a vital mode of black political thought and aesthetic innovation during the Civil Rights Movement—one that unsettled and revised historical demands for black patience. Julius’ work appears in Callaloo, American Literary History, Text and Performance Quarterly, The James Baldwin Review, and The Southern Quarterly. Currently serving as an Associate Editor of Callaloo, he has been awarded fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University. From 2016-2018, Julius will be in residence at the University of Virginia as a Carter G. Woodson Postdoctoral Fellow.

Camilla Fojas’s research explores transnational Asian, Pacific, and Latin/o American cultural and media studies in a comparative imperial context. Her books include Cosmopolitanism in the Americas (Purdue UP, 2005), Border Bandits: Hollywood on the Southern Frontier (University of Texas Press, 2008), Islands of Empire: Pop Culture and U.S. Power (University of Texas Press, 2014), and Zombies, Migrants, and Queers: Race and Crisis Capitalism in Pop Culture (University of Illinois Press, 2017). She co-edited Mixed Race Hollywood (NYU Press, 2008) with Mary Beltrán and Transnational Crossroads: Remapping the Americas and the Pacific (University of Nebraska Press, 2012) with Rudy Guevarra, and an anthology on race and Hawai‘i with Rudy Guevarra and Nitasha Sharma (University of Hawai‘i Press, forthcoming). Her articles have appeared in Aztlán, Cinema Journal, Symplōke, Journal of Asian American Studies, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Comparative American Studies, among other journals and edited collections . She is currently working on a new project on surveillance and security in the Americas and American Pacific tentatively titled Cultures of Surveillance: U.S. Imperial Networks across the Americas and the Pacific.

Debjani Ganguly is Professor of English and Director of the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC) at the University of Virginia. She works in the fields of world literature, postcolonial studies and South Asian Studies. Her research interests include the contemporary Anglophone novel, literary forms in the new media age, literature and human rights, caste and dalit studies, language worlds in colonial/postcolonial South Asia, and Indian Ocean literary worlds from 1750-1950. In recent years, she has researched the links between globalism, information technology, ethnic violence and humanitarian connectivity through the genre of the novel, the result of which is a book with Duke UP, This Thing Called the World: The Contemporary Novel as Global Form (2016). Debjani is the author of Caste, Colonialism and Countermodernity (2005) and co-editor of Edward Said: The Legacy of a Public Intellectual (2007) and Rethinking Gandhi and Nonviolent Relationality: Global Perspectives (2007). She co-edits The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, and is General Editor of a recently commissioned Cambridge History of World Literature.

Adom Getachew is Neubauer Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. Her research interests are situated in the history of political thought, with a focus on international law, theories of empire and race, black political thought and post-colonial political theory. Her current book project, Worldmaking After Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self- Determination, reconstructs an account of self-determination offered in the political thought of Black Atlantic anticolonial nationalists during the height of decolonization in the twentieth century. Although self-determination is often associated with claims of national independence and the creation of nation-states, the African, African-American and Caribbean intellectuals and statesmen at the center of this study reinvented self-determination as a project of worldmaking in which they reconceived international political and economic relations. Adom holds a joint PhD in Political Science and African-American Studies from Yale University and BA in Politics and African- American Studies from the University of Virginia.

Justene G. Hill is a scholar of African-American history, specializing in the history of slavery in the United States.  Her book project, Black Markets: The Slaves’ Economy and Plantation Capitalism in South Carolina, interrogates the relationship between slave economies and plantation capitalism in South Carolina between the American Revolution and the Civil War.  Hill argues that enslaved peoples’ dedication to their own trading activities benefitted slaveholders’ investments in plantation profits more than it benefited slaves themselves.

Juliet Hooker is Associate Professor of Government and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Prof. Hooker is a political theorist specializing in comparative political theory, black political thought, critical race theory, and multiculturalism; she has also published widely on Afro-descendant and indigenous politics and multicultural rights in Latin America. She is the author of Race and the Politics of Solidarity (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Theorizing Race in the Americas: Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois, and Vasconcelos (Oxford University Press, 2017). Other recent publications include: “Black Lives Matter and the Paradoxes of U.S. Black Politics: From Democratic Sacrifice to Democratic Repair,” Political Theory 44, no. 4 (2016). Professor Hooker served as co-Chair of the American Political Science Association’s Presidential Task Force on Racial and Social Class Inequalities in the Americas (2014-2015) and as Associate Director of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at UT-Austin (2009-2014). She has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards from entities such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has been a Visiting Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center and the Du Bois Institute for African American Research at Harvard University.

Murad Idris is Assistant Professor of Political Theory at the University of Virginia. His first book, Disturbing Peace: Athens, Islam, the West (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), studies idealizations of peace and their logics of hostility from Plato to Immanuel Kant and Sayyid Qutb. His articles have appeared in Political Theory, The European Journal of Political Theory, Theory & Event, The Journal of Islamic Philosophy, and a number of edited volumes, on such topics as the politics of comparison, Ibn Tufayl’s twelfth-century allegory, and Qasim Amin’s political thought and reception history. His next project examines constructions of Islam in language, and he is currently co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Political Theory with Leigh Jenco and Megan Thomas.

Desmond Jagmohan is a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. His research interests include African-American Political Thought, American Political Thought, History of Political Theory, Democratic Theory, Slavery and Modern Political Theory, Theories of Domination and Liberty, and Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.

Andrew W. Kahrl is an assistant professor in the department of history and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. He specializes in the history of race and real estate in the 20th century US. His first book, The Land Was Ours: African American Beaches from Jim Crow to the Sunbelt South (2012), received the Liberty Legacy Foundation Award from the Organization of American Historians.

Kasey Keeler is the Native American Studies Postdoctoral Fellow & Instructor at the University of Virginia. She is housed in the American Studies Program and is also affiliated with the Americas Center. Kasey’s work is largely informed by federal Indian policy, housing policy, land, property, suburbanization, place making, as well as public memory and public history. In particular Kasey’s research examines suburbs as historically Indian places and she works to demonstrate the continuous residency of American Indian people in suburbs, disrupting narratives of suburbs as primarily white places that developed from the post-WWII housing boom. Kasey is an interdisciplinary scholar, drawing on demography, historical archives, legal and policy documents, oral history, and auto-ethnography.

Tom Klubock is Professor in the Corcoran Department of History and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at the University of Virginia. He is the author of La Frontera: Forests and Ecological Conflict in Chile's Frontier Territory (2015) and Contested Communities: Class, Gender, and Politics in Chile's El Teniente Copper Mine, 1904-1951 (1998).

Hagar Kotef is a Senior Lecturer of Political Theory and Comparative Political Thought at the Department of Politics and International Relations, SOAS, The University of London. She is the author of Movement and the Ordering of Freedom: On Liberal Governances of Mobility (Duke University Press, 2015).

Aishwary Kumar teaches intellectual history and political theory at Stanford University. He works on issues in moral and political philosophy and the history of global political thought, with specific focus on the relationship between freedom, violence, and political justice. He is the author of Radical Equality: Ambedkar, Gandhi, and the Risk of Democracy (Stanford, 2015) and currently finishing a second book on traditions of mystical anarchism and democratic judgment, titled The Sovereign Void.

Erik Linstrum is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Ruling Minds: Psychology in the British Empire (2016). His current project is a study of knowledge about violence in the postwar British Empire, exploring how professional communities in the imperial world — lawyers, doctors, activists, and journalists — made sense of torture and other brutal acts in the context of counterinsurgency, translating traumatic events into empirical facts in ways that frustrated public scrutiny.

Joseph Massad teaches and writes about modern Arab politics and intellectual history. He has a particular interest in theories of identity and culture – including theories of nationalism, sexuality, race and religion. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1998. He is the author of Desiring Arabs (2007), which was awarded the Lionel Trilling Book Award; The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinian Question (2006); and Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan (2001).  His book Daymumat al-Mas’alah al-Filastiniyyah was published by Dar Al-Adab in 2009, and La persistance de la question palestinienne was published by La Fabrique in 2009. The Arabic translation of Desiring Arabs was published in 2013 by Dar Al-Shuruq Press in Cairo under the title Ishtiha’ Al-‘Arab. His latest book is Islam in Liberalism, University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Robert Nichols is Assistant Professor of Political Science and holder of a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship in Political Theory at the University of Minnesota. Formerly a Humboldt Faculty Fellow in Philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin (2013-2015), Nichols' work considers the ways that dialectical and genealogical modes of European critical theory are being radicalized, transformed, and decolonized by a range of global critical race and anti-imperial traditions. His current book project takes up these questions in relation to colonial dispossession and Indigenous resistance in the Anglo-American world.

Vijay Prashad is Professor of International Studies and the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History. He is the author of over twenty books, most recently The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution (California, 2016) and the edited volume Will the Flower Slip Through the Asphalt: Writers Respond to Capitalist Climate Change, which has essays by Naomi Klein, Amitav Ghosh, Rafia Zakaria, Susan Abulhawa and Masturah Alatas among others (LeftWord, 2017). He reports regularly for Frontline and The Hindu (India), BirGün (Turkey) and Alternet (United States). He is the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books (New Delhi).

Dan-el Padilla Peralta's core research and teaching focus is the Roman Republic and early Empire. Blending social-scientific techniques with literary and material evidence, Divine Institutions (in progress; PUP) argues that temple construction and pilgrimage networks held the “imperial Republic” together as it expanded across Italy and the Mediterranean.

Aziz Rana's research and teaching center on American constitutional law and political development, with a particular focus on how shifting notions of race, citizenship, and empire have shaped legal and political identity since the founding. His book, The Two Faces of American Freedom (Harvard University Press) situates the American experience within the global history of colonialism, examining the intertwined relationship in American constitutional practice between internal accounts of freedom and external projects of power and expansion. His current book manuscript explores the modern rise of constitutional veneration in the twentieth century -- especially against the backdrop of growing American global authority -- and how veneration has influenced the boundaries of popular politics.

Andrew Sartori is professor of history at New York University. His work focuses on the relationship between histories of concept-formation and histories of capitalist society. He is the author of Liberalism in Empire: An Alternative History (University of California Press, 2014) and Bengal in Global Concept History: Culturalism in the Age of Capital (University of Chicago Press, 2008). He coedited the Companion to Global Historical Thought (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014) with Prasenjit Duara and Viren Murthy, Global Intellectual History (Columbia University Press, 2013) with Samuel Moyn, and From the Colonial to the Postcolonial: India and Pakistan in Transition (Oxford University Press India, 2007) with Dipesh Chakrabarty and Rochona Majumdar. He is also an editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Critical Historical Studies.

Samhita Sunya is working on a manuscript titled Sirens of Modernity: Postwar Cartographies of World Cinema Via Hindi Film/Songs, which historicizes the emergence of “world cinema” as a category in the politics of the Cold War, and the manner in which Hindi film/songs negotiated this category. Her interests span world film history; Asian cinemas; intersections of audio-visual media and literature; and sound studies.

Chris Taylor is an assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Caribbean, the history of slavery in the broader Atlantic world, and their relationship to political theory. His first book, Empire of Neglect: Imagining the Americas in a Liberal Age, is forthcoming from Duke University Press. He is currently developing a second book, tentatively entitled I’m a Slave for You: Atlantic Modernity’s Impossible Subject. Some of his work has appeared in Social Text, American Literature, History of the Present, and Small Axe.

Megan C. Thomas is Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she teaches political theory. She is the author of Orientalists, Propagandists and Ilustrados: Filipino Scholarship and the End of Spanish Colonialism (University of Minnesota Press: 2012), and has published in the journals Philippine Studies, Review of Politics, Comparative Studies in Society and History, and Contemporary Political Theory. Her current research project is about how sovereignty was composed and compromised at the edge of empire during the British occupation of Manila 1762– 1764; she is also currently co-editing, with Leigh Jenco (LSE) and Murad Idris (Virginia), the Oxford Handbook of Comparative Political Theory.