Ajay Singh Chaudhary - Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Ajay Singh Chaudhary

Core Faculty, Executive Director

Ajay Singh Chaudhary is the executive director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and a core faculty member specializing in social and political theory. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. His research focuses on social and political theory, Frankfurt School critical theorypolitical economy, political ecology, media, religion, and post-colonial studies. He has written for The GuardianThe Nation, The Baffler, n+1, Los Angeles Review of Books, QuartzSocial Text, Dialectical Anthropology, The Hedgehog Review, Filmmaker Magazine, and 3quarksdaily, among other venues. Ajay’s book on the politics of climate change, The Exhausted of the Earth: Politics in a Burning World, is forthcoming from Repeater Books in February, 2024.


The Politics of Climate Change

On the Concept of Religion

God or Nature: Spinoza’s Ethics (In-Person)

A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing: an Introduction to Marx (In-Person)

Critical Theory and the Now: a Contemporary Introduction to the Frankfurt School

Feeling the Atmosphere: Climate, Affect, and the Anthropocene

Shocks and Phantasmagoria: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project

Antonio Gramsci: Prison Notebooks

From Capitalist Realism to Acid Communism: an Introduction to Mark Fisher

What is Conservatism?

The Trial and the Castle: Franz Kafka and Theory

Walter Benjamin: On the Concept of History (In-Person)

Capitalism and Desire

Theodor Adorno: Minima Moralia

Carl Schmitt: Politics and Conflict

The Black Jacobins: Liberation, Political Theory, and the Haitian Revolution (Wednesday Section)

The Black Jacobins: Liberation, Political Theory, and the Haitian Revolution

Protected: What is Fascism? Economy, Society, and State

What is Neoliberalism?

Economy, Technology, and the Anthropocene

Alternative Economies: Ecology and Economics

What Is the Political?

Walter Benjamin: the Collector

What is Liberalism?

The Dystopian Imagination

Feminism and the Frankfurt School

Alternative Economies: Market Socialism

Everyday Irrationalism: Theodor Adorno, Politics, and Reason

Carl Schmitt: Political Enemies

The Modern Prince: Machiavelli and Gramsci

Soviet Life: Communism, Transformation, and Reflection

Videogames, Strategy, and Critical Theory

The Iron Cage: Calvin, Weber, Foucault

Spinoza and Mendelssohn: Politics of the Sacred and Profane

“Better Than Real Life”*: Towards a Critical Theory of Videogames

The Writer, the Executor, and the Critic: The Case of Kafka, Brod, and Benjamin

Games and Warfare

Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan, Behemoth, and the State

Carl Schmitt: Political Theology

Making and Unmaking Worlds: Genre Fiction and Theory

Communication and Critique: An Introduction to Jürgen Habermas

Global Marxism

The American Political Tradition: Parties, Policies, and People