Humanities Institute

Wendy Brown: "Privatizing the Public and the Future of the Humanities"

Wed, February 24, 2010

Wendy Brown:

Professor Wendy Brown is Heller Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

She is well known for her work in the history of political theory, nineteenth and twentieth century Continental theory, critical theory, and cultural theory. Professor Brown is best known for linking the insights of Marx, Nietzsche, Weber, Freud, the Frankfurt School theorists, Foucault, and contemporary Continental philosophers to question critically the emergence of concepts such as citizenship, power and political identity in contemporary liberal democracies.

Before going to Berkeley in 1999, Brown taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz and at Williams College. She has lectured widely in Europe and North America, has held a number of distinguished visiting lectureships, and has recently been a Senior Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, a Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and a UC Berkeley Humanities Fellow. Brown's most recent work focuses on the relationship of political sovereignty to global capital and other transnational forces, including those associated with religion, law, culture and moral discourse.

Her books include Manhood and Politics: A Feminist Reading in Political Theory (Rowman and Littlefield, 1988), States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity (Princeton, 1995), Politics Out of History(Princeton, 2001), Left Legalism/Left Critique, co-edited with Janet Halley (Duke, 2002), Edgework: Critical Essays in Knowledge and Politics (Princeton, 2005), andRegulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire (Princeton, 2006). She received her Ph.D in Political Philosophy from Princeton University in 1983.

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