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Faculty in the Media: On the Backlash to Police Abolition, and Understanding Religion through Storytelling

BISR faculty Geo Maher recently sat down with Doug Henwood of the Behind the News podcast to talk about the state of policing in the US since the summer of 2020. He notes what he terms an “open counter-insurgency” on the part of police (and police unions) in response to the defund-and-abolish movement—one that takes […]

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Faculty Writing: On Fighting for Reproductive Justice, and Unwanted Pregnancy as Forced Labor

Writing in the Introduction to a new, and timely, anthology of essays on abortion access and reproductive justice from Verso and Lux magazine, We Organize to Change Everything, BISR faulty Jessie Kindig reminds readers that “an attack on abortion is never just about abortion.” The anthology—released this month as the Supreme Court issued its devastating […]

Faculty Writing: On the History of the IWW, and the Politics of Expert Parenting Advice

Writing in The Nation, BISR faculty RH Lossin heaps praise on Deborah Shaffer and Stewart Bird’s 1979 documentary film Wobblies, recently re-released by Kino Lorber, calling it “an important correction to the conventional wisdom that the IWW was a failure—as well as a reminder that its successes were the result of its willingness to take […]

Faculty Writing: On the Necropolitics of Reproductive Freedom, and Co-Existing with Viruses

Writing in Salvage magazine, BISR faculty Sophie Lewis characterizes the American right’s sustained and increasingly successful attacks on reproductive freedom and its regime of forced care more generally as “class war,” against which the democratic party’s faith in legislation and the discursive frames of “privacy” and “choice” are woefully, even lethally, insufficient: “The so-called pro-life […]

Faculty in the Media: On Modern Jihad, Right-Wing Extremism, and the Crisis of Liberalism; and Gunpower and American Exceptionalism

BISR faculty Suzanne Schneider sits downs with Robert Wright, host of, for an extensive and in-depth discussion of her recent book, The Apocalypse and the End of History, in which she explores the striking parallels between the modern form of jihad and right-wing extremism in the West (Trumpism being just one, albeit salient, example), […]

Faculty Writing: On Expropriation and Social Reproduction in Ukraine, and Coerced Reproduction in the US

BISR faculty Olena Lyubchenko and Suzy Schneider both address the issue of reproduction—social and biological—in the context of the war in Ukraine and the latest threats to reproductive rights in the US. Writing for LeftEast, Lyubchenko situates the ongoing war in Ukraine within broad, global patterns of production and social reproduction. Since the events of 2014, […]

Late Light: Poetry by Joseph Earl Thomas, Anjuli Raza Kolb, and Yanyi

From Late Light, a journal of Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, a collection of three brief poems. “Daddy, Can We Go to the Doggie Park?” by Joseph Earl Thomas. “Sindh Sublunary” by Anjuli Raza Kolb. “Counting (On New Year’s)” by Yanyi.  

Faculty Writing: On Neoliberalism’s Resilience; and Political-Time in the Anthropocene

In a recent interview, originally recorded at the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy and published in Jacobin, BISR Faculty Rafael Khachaturian talks with political economist Martijn Konings about a rise in speculative soundings of the death knell for neoliberalism—even as the evidence keeps stacking up that no such end is imminent. They […]

Faculty Writing: On the Psychiatrization of Resistance Movements; and a Dialectical-Materialist Approach to Fatigue in Biomedicine

Writing for Frontiers in Sociology, Jenny Logan explores how psychiatrization—a normative approach to the interpretation and treatment of mental difference and distress—gets deployed in political contexts as an instrument of discipline and control. Looking at consumer, survivor, ex-patient, and psychosocial disability movements in the Global South, she argues that psychiatrization can thwart the efforts of […]

Faculty Writing: On the American Public’s Fascination with Ted Kaczynski; and an Interview with Wendy Brown

Writing for The Nation, R.H. Lossin examines the American public’s continued fascination with Ted Kaczynski’s unsanctioned violence, which seems to take one of two expressions—either hedgingly admiring, as in: “he made some good points” (about technology, government, and the environment) “but his methods are faulty”; or morally admonishing, as in: the man was unhinged if […]