Critical Theory

Critical Theory

episodes

Interviews with scholars of critical theory about their new books.

Kira Huju, "Cosmopolitan Elites: Indian Diplomats and the Social Hierarchies of Global Order" (Oxford UP, 2023)

June 17, 2024

Cosmopolitan Elites

Kira Huju
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Cosmopolitan Elites: Indian Diplomats and the Social Hierarchies of Global Order (Oxford University Press, 2023) by Dr. Kira Huju narrates the birth, …

Daniel Scott Souleles et al., "People before Markets: An Alternative Casebook" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

June 16, 2024

People before Markets

Daniel Scott Souleles, Johan Gersel, and Morten Sørensen Thaning
Hosted by Robin Steiner

People before Markets:: An Alternative Casebook (Cambridge UP, 2022) presents twenty comparative case studies of important global questions, such as '…

Hannah Forsyth, "Virtue Capitalists: The Rise and Fall of the Professional Class in the Anglophone World, 1870–2008" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

June 16, 2024

Virtue Capitalists

Hannah Forsyth

Virtue Capitalists: The Rise and Fall of the Professional Class in the Anglophone World, 1870–2008 (Cambridge UP, 2023) explores the rise of the profe…

Michael V. Singh, "Good Boys, Bad Hombres: The Racial Politics of Mentoring Latino Boys in Schools" (U Minnesota Press, 2024)

June 16, 2024

Good Boys, Bad Hombres

Michael V. Singh
Hosted by Laura Kelly

The unintended consequences of youth empowerment programs for Latino boys Educational research has long documented the politics of punishment for boys…

Lauren Lassabe Shepherd, "Resistance from the Right: Conservatives and the Campus Wars in Modern America" (UNC Press, 2023)

June 15, 2024

Resistance from the Right

Lauren Lassabe Shepherd

Pivoting from studies that emphasize the dominance of progressivism on American college campuses during the late sixties and early seventies, Lauren L…

Jessica Calarco, "Holding It Together: How Women Became America's Safety Net" (Portfolio, 2024)

June 15, 2024

Holding It Together

Jessica Calarco
Hosted by Dave O'Brien

How do unequal societies function? In Holding It Together: How Women Became America's Safety Net (Portfolio, 2024), Jesscia Calarco, an Associate Prof…

Lydia Walker, "States-in-Waiting: A Counter Narrative of Global Decolonization" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

June 14, 2024

States-in-Waiting

Lydia Walker
Hosted by Vladislav Lilic

Dr. Lydia Walker's deeply researched and carefully narrated debut monograph, States-in-Waiting: A Counter Narrative of Global Decolonization (Cambridg…

Christopher William England, "Land and Liberty: Henry George and the Crafting of Modern Liberalism" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2023)

June 14, 2024

Land and Liberty

Christopher William England
Hosted by Reed Schwartz

Henry George’s Progress and Poverty was one of the best-selling books of the 19th century, and his ideas were taken up by by powerful figures as diver…

Nivedita Menon, "Secularism As Misdirection: Critical Thought from the Global South" (Duke UP, 2024)

June 13, 2024

Secularism As Misdirection

Nivedita Menon
Hosted by Arnav Adhikari

In this episode, we speak to Nivedita Menon about her new book, Secularism as Misdirection: Critical Thought from the Global South (Duke University Pr…

Critical Muslim Studies: Decoloniality

June 12, 2024

Critical Muslim Studies: Decoloniality

Salman Sayyid
Hosted by Network Reorient

An interview with Salman Sayyid about decoloniality and its place in Critical Muslim Studies. This episode was originally published on April 2, 2019…

Laura Gómez, "Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism" (The New Press, 2020)

June 11, 2024

Inventing Latinos

Laura Gómez

Latinos have long influenced everything from electoral politics to popular culture, yet many people instinctively regard them as recent immigrants rat…

Margaret A. Hagerman, "Children of a Troubled Time: Growing Up with Racism in Trump's America" (NYU Press, 2024)

June 9, 2024

Children of a Troubled Time

Margaret A. Hagerman
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Kids are at the center of today's "culture wars"--pundits, politicians, and parents alike are debating which books they should be allowed to read, whi…

Mark Stoll, "Profit: An Environmental History" (Polity Press, 2022)

June 9, 2024

Profit

Mark Stoll

Profit ― getting more out of something than you put into it ― is the original genius of homo sapiens, who learned how to unleash the energy stored in …

Michele Goodwin, "Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood" (Cambridge UP, 2020)

June 8, 2024

Policing the Womb

Michele Goodwin
Hosted by Jane Richards

Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood (Cambridge University Press, 2020) a brilliant but shocking account of the cr…

Jean Petrucelli et al., "Patriarchy and Its Discontents: Psychoanalytic Perspectives" (Routledge, 2022)

June 8, 2024

Patriarchy and Its Discontents

Jean Petrucelli, Sarah Schoen, and Naomi Snider
Hosted by Helena Vissing

Patriarchy and Its Discontents: Psychoanalytic Perspectives (Routledge, 2022) joins luminaries in contemporary psychoanalysis with pioneers of feminis…

Jason Read, "The Double Shift: Spinoza and Marx on the Politics of Work" (Verso, 2024)

June 8, 2024

The Double Shift

Jason Read
Hosted by Geoffrey Gordon

Even as the rewards of work decline and its demands on us increase, many people double-down on their commitment to wage slavery – working harder, doin…

Alan H. McGowan, "The Political Activism of Anthropologist Franz Boas, Citizen Scientist" (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2024)

June 7, 2024

The Political Activism of Anthropologist Franz Boas, Citizen Scientist

Alan H. McGowan
Hosted by Yadong Li

Alan McGowan delves into Franz Boas’s dual identity as both a scientist and a political activist, shedding light on how his work transcended academic …

Critical Muslim Studies: Post-Postivism

June 5, 2024

Critical Muslim Studies: Post-Postivism

Salman Sayyid
Hosted by Network Reorient

An interview with Prof. Salman Sayyid on one of the theoretical constructs that underpins Critical Muslim Studies: Post-Positivism. Interviewer: Hizer…

Amrita Ghosh, "Kashmir's Necropolis: Literary, Cultural, and Visual Texts" (Lexington Books, 2023)

June 4, 2024

Kashmir's Necropolis

Amrita Ghosh
Hosted by Arnab Dutta Roy

Amrita Ghosh's book Kashmir's Necropolis: Literary, Cultural, and Visual Texts (Lexington Books, 2023) is an interdisciplinary book that studies liter…

Anthony Heath and Yaojun Li, "Social Mobility" (Polity Press, 2024)

May 31, 2024

Social Mobility

Anthony Heath and Yaojun Li
Hosted by Dave O'Brien

What is social mobility? In Social Mobility (Polity Press, 2023), Anthony Heath, an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Oxford and Ya…