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Faculty Video: the Night of Philosophy & Ideas

Through the waning hours of Saturday night, January 27th, and into the golden dawn of Sunday morning, January 28th, members of the BISR faculty participated in the fourth-annual Night of Philosophy & Ideas, an all-night marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music co-presented by the Brooklyn Public Library and the Cultural Services of the […]

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Faculty Interview: Jude Webre on the Politics of Immigration

From Jamestown to DACA, there has been a near constant tension within American political life between an understanding of the Republic as a transformative “nation of immigrants” and more ethno-nationalist notions of White Christian dominion. On the one hand, immigration has been crucial to the growth of American capitalism and democracy; on the other, a […]

Faculty Writing: Why “They” Seem More Violent Than “We” Are

As Nikolas Cruz carried out Wednesday’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, lawmakers were in the midst of negotiating (ultimately in vain) an immigration deal to provide a path to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers in exchange for $25 billion in border security funding. As BISR Deputy Director and core faculty member Suzanne Schneider […]

Faculty Interview: Raphaële Chappe on Political Economy

The study of political economy originated in the 18th century with the attempt to connect prosperity not to the mere accumulation of wealth, as theories of mercantilism had it, but to a nation’s productive capacities. Initially a branch of moral philosophy, political economy took as its purview state policy, law, geography, production, class, and human […]

Dire States: the Video

On the evening of Trump’s first State of the Union address, and roughly one year after his inauguration, guests Sarah Jaffe (the Nation Institute) and Kazembe Balagun (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung) joined BISR’s Kali Handelman, Patrick Blanchfield, Samantha Hill, and Ajay Singh Chaudhary at Caveat bar for a live Podcast for Social Research recording on the […]

Faculty Writing: Puerto Rico’s “Unnatural” Disaster

The ongoing human and ecological catastrophe in Puerto Rico, wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, has brought to wider attention the systemic injustices and inequalities that have long-plagued the island commonwealth. As BISR faculty member Adriana Maria Garriga-López and co-authors Claudia Sofía Garriga-López and Alexa S. Dietrich explain, in a piece published recently by ITEMS (the journal of […]

#LaborTalks: Nancy MacLean discusses “Democracy in Chains”

On Monday, December 11th, BISR hosted #LaborTalks: “Democracy in Chains” — a Conversation with Nancy MacLean. Historian Nancy MacLean joined BISR’s Ajay Singh Chaudhary for a discussion of MacLean’s National Book Award-shortlisted book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Secret Plan for America. Before a full house, MacLean explained the intellectual and […]

Faculty Writing: American Gun Violence Past and Present

BISR faculty member Patrick Blanchfield penned two pieces recently on the perennially relevant subject of American gun violence, one examining its bloody past, the other meditating on its terrible present. For the New Republic, Blanchfield reviewed Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s new book Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment. Dunbar-Ortiz’s book, Blanchfield writes, dismisses the typical focus of the […]

Faculty Writing: On Authoritarian Liberalism and Neofeudalism

To many on the center-left, the election of Emmanuel Macron to the presidency of France looked like a salutary exception to the new Trumpist norm. However, as Ajay Singh Chaudhary notes in his piece In the Court of the Centrist King: Emmanuel Macron and Authoritarian Liberalism, published by Political Research Associates, President Macron was quick to lay […]

Faculty Writing: High Standards for Fake Presidents

This week, in the New Republic, Patrick Blanchfield explores the odd juxtaposition of Kevin Spacey’s effective firing from “House of Cards” (for preying upon a minor) and Trump’s continued real-life occupancy of the American presidency. “More is at stake here than just a simple comparison between fiction and reality, entertainment and politics. The power of […]