History of Consciousness

2018-19 General Catalog

315 Humanities 1
(831) 459-4324

Program Statement | Course Descriptions

Faculty and Professional Interests

Gopal Balakrishnan, Professor of History of Consciousness
Classics of political thought from Plato to Rousseau, early modern and modern European intellectual history, historical sociology, the history and future of capitalism, nationalism, geopolitics

Banu Bargu, Associate Professor of History of Consciousness
Political theory, especially modern and contemporary thought; critical theory; theories of sovereignty and subjectivity; biopolitics and the body; materialism, aesthetics, ideology, resistance movements and practices; prisons and political prisoners; Middle East politics

Carla Freccero, Professor of Literature
Renaissance studies; French and Italian language and literature; early modern studies, postcolonial theories and literature; contemporary feminist theories and politics; queer theory; U.S. popular culture; posthumanism; animal studies

David S. Marriott, Professor of History of Consciousness
Poetics, black cultural theory and philosophies of race, psychoanalysis, Fanon, Afro-pessimism

Robert L. Meister, Professor of Politics and History of Consciousness
Critical human rights theory; moral philosophy; political jurisprudence; political theology; political economy; psychoanalysis; Marxian theory; 21st-century capitalism; institutional analysis; historical justice; antidiscrimination law

Eric Porter, Professor of History, and History of Consciousness
Black cultural and intellectual history; US cultural history and cultural studies; critical race and ethnic studies; Black radicalism; improvised music and jazz studies; urban studies

Massimiliano Tomba, Professor of History of Consciousness
Intellectual and modern history; political and critical theory; theories of the state; continental philosophy, particularly modern and contemporary philosophy, theories of history

Victor Burgin, Professor Emeritus of History of Consciousness

James T. Clifford, Professor Emeritus of History of Consciousness

Angela Y. Davis, Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies

Teresa de Lauretis, Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness, Literature, and Film and Digital Media

Barbara L. Epstein, Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness

Donna J. Haraway, Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies

Hayden White, Professor Emeritus of History of Consciousness

Affiliated Faculty

Karen Barad, Professor of Feminist Studies
Feminist science studies, materialism, deconstruction, poststructuralism, posthumanism, decolonial studies, multi-species studies, science and justice, physics, 20th-century continental philosophy, epistemology, ontology, ethics, philosophy of physics, feminist, queer, and trans theories

A. Hunter Bivens, Associate Professor of Literature
Twentieth- and 21st-century German literature and film; Marxism and critical theory; psychoanalysis; lyric poetry; literary realism; the novel

Christopher Connery, Professor of Literature
World literature and cultural studies, globalism and geographical thought, the 1960s, Marxism, pre-modern and modern Chinese cultural studies, cultural revolution

Gina Dent, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, History of Consciousness, and Legal Studies
Africana literary and cultural studies, legal theory, popular culture

Nathaniel Deutsch, Professor of Literature and History
Modern Jewish history; Eastern European Jewish culture; ethnography, Hasidism; history of religions

Mayanthi Fernando, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Anthropology of religion, secularism, Islam, multiculturalism/pluralism; colonial and post-colonial France, Europe

Wlad Godzich, Professor of Literature
Theory of literature; philosophy and literature; emergent literature; translation theory; globalization and culture; European integration; knowledge society; literatures of Africa, the Caribbean, Europe (Central, Eastern, and Western), Brazil, Canada; detective and crime fiction; science fiction; medicine and literature

Jennifer A. González, Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture
Contemporary theories of visual culture, semiotics, critical museum studies, photography, public and activist art in the U.S.

Deborah Gould, Associate Professor of Sociology,
Political emotion; social movements and contentious politics; classic and contemporary social theory; sexualities; lesbian/gay/queer studies; feminist and queer theory

Kimberly Lau, Professor of Literature; Provost, Oakes College
Feminism, discourse, and power; feminist theory; discourse, analysis, and ethnographic methods; fairytales, folklore and fantasy; virtual worlds; popular culture; globalization

Dean Mathiowetz, Associate Professor of Politics
Political theory, contemporary and historical; theories of affect, agency, citizenship, democracy, language, and subjectivity; classical and critical political economy

Jennifer Reardon, Professor of Sociology
Issues of social identity as influenced by the new sciences of genetics and genomics; intersection of the sociology of science and knowledge and the sociology of race, gender, and class

Ruby Rich, Professor of Community Studies
Documentary film and video, post-9/11 culture, new queer cinema, feminist film history, Latin American and Latin/a cinema, U.S. independent film and video, the essay film, the politics of film festival proliferation and the marketing of foreign films in the U.S.

Warren Sack, Professor of Film and Digital Media
Software design and media theory

Daniel Selden, Professor of Literature
Afroasiatic languages and literatures, Greek and Latin, Hellenistic culture, the classical tradition, history of criticism, literary theory

Vanita Seth, Associate Professor of Politics
Early modern European and modern political theory, feminist theory, cultural history, race politics, postcolonial theory and post-modernist theory

Megan Thomas, Associate Professor of Politics
Political theory, especially of the 19th century; nationalist thought; Orientalism; comparative colonialism;  Southeast Asia

Anna Tsing, Professor of Anthropology
Culture and politics; feminist theory; globalization; multi-species anthropology; social landscapes and tropical forest ethnoecologies; multi-sited ethnography; Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and the U.S.

Revised: 07/15/18