CT Faculty Announce Spring 2020 Courses

CT faculty will be teaching ten spring 2020 courses that count towards the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. These courses reflect the interdisciplinary breadth of the Program, with core and elective options in Anthropology, Education, English, Ethnic Studies, Film, French, Rhetoric, and Spanish.

For more information on fall courses, full course descriptions, and the curricular requirements of the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, please visit our Courses page.

Spring 2020 Critical Theory Courses: CORE

  • Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit | Philosophy 290 005 (Critical Theory 200) | Andreja Novakovic
  • Critique of Capitalism, or Reading Marx Now | English 250 003 (Critical Theory 240) | Colleen Lye

Spring 2020 Critical Theory Courses: ELECTIVE (Critical Theory 290)

  • Wittgenstein and Anthropology | Anthropology 250X 005 | Charles Hirschkind
  • Race, Whiteness Studies, and Education | Education 281A 001 | Zeus Leonardo
  • Comedy and Violence | English 203 003 | Catherine Flynn
  • History and Narrativity: Contemporary Theories and Methods | Ethnic Studies 201 001 | Raul Coronado, Jr.
  • Theorizing Film and Media | Film 200 001 | Damon Young
  • Traditions of Critical Thought—Literature and Anthropology | French 274 001 | Soraya Tlatli *Discussion in English, texts in French
  • Classical Rhetorical Theory and Practice | Rhetoric 200 001 | James Porter
  • Feminisms/Potentia/Life | Spanish 280 002 | Natalia Brizuela

Critical Theory Students Co-Author New Book

In 2014-15, sponsored by the Critical Theory DE and the UC Humanities Research Institute, William Callison (Political Science, 2019) and Zachary Manfredi (Rhetoric) organized a highly successful year-long working group and conference on “Neoliberalism and Biopolitics.”  Their efforts have culminated in the publication of Mutant Neoliberalism: Market Rule and Political Ruptureavailable now.

Mutant Neoliberalism brings together leading scholars of neoliberalism—political theorists, historians, philosophers, anthropologists, and sociologists—to rethink transformations in market rule and their relation to ongoing political ruptures. The chapters show how years of neoliberal governance, policy, and depoliticization created the conditions for thriving reactionary forces, while also reflecting on whether recent trends will challenge, reconfigure, or extend neoliberalism’s reach. The contributors reconsider neoliberalism’s relationship with its assumed adversaries and map mutations in financialized capitalism and governance across time and space—from Europe and the United States to China and India. Taken together, the volume recasts the stakes of contemporary debate and reorients critique and resistance within a rapidly changing landscape.

Contributors include: Étienne Balibar, Sören Brandes, Wendy Brown, Melinda Cooper, Julia Elyachar, Michel Feher, Megan Moodie, Christopher Newfield, Dieter Plehwe, Lisa Rofel, Leslie Salzinger, Quinn Slobodian.

Congratulations to the Program’s Recent Graduates

The Program in Critical Theory’s Designated Emphasis has grown considerably since its inception in 2010. Now in the tenth year, the program’s current enrollment stands at 101 active students with over 60 affiliated faculty. To date, 51 UC Berkeley PhD’s have earned a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory.

Congratulations to the following ten graduates since 2019:

Molly Borowitz (August 2019)
PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures
DE in Critical Theory
DE in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

William Callison (August 2019)
PhD in Political Science
DE in Critical Theory

Philip Gerard (August 2019)
PhD in Comparative Literature
DE in Critical Theory

Jordan Greenwald (August 2019)
PhD in Comparative Literature
DE in Critical Theory

Megan Hoetger (May 2019)
PhD in Performance Studies
DE in Critical Theory
DE in Film Studies

Matt Horton (August 2019)
PhD in Education
DE in Critical Theory

Taylor Johnston (May 2019)
PhD in Comparative Literature
DE in Critical Theory

Tae Hyun Kim (August 2019)
PhD in Chinese Language
DE in Critical Theory

Stephen McIsaac (May 2019)
PhD in Medical Anthropology
DE in Critical Theory 

Zi-Qiao (Lawrence) Yang (August 2019)
PhD in Chinese Language
DE in Critical Theory
DE in Film Studies

Critical Theory Working Group, Fall 2019

Theories of the Global South, Fall 2019

The Program in Critical Theory is pleased to announce its 2019 working group for the 2019-2020 academic year, Theories of the Global South.  The co-conveners for the bi-weekly meetings are Donna Honarpisheh (Comparative Literature) and Devin Choudhury (Rhetoric). The Working Group is co-sponsored by the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, and The Program in Critical Theory.

The Theories of the Global South working group aims to promote interdisciplinary inquiry into works of literature and film, critical theory, critical race studies, science and technology studies, and history produced in and with the Global South, with particular interest in texts that further understandings of decolonial methodologies and postcolonial ways of knowing. Each semester, the group will take on a series of pressing global questions—ethical, political, and aesthetic—and in doing so will draw from sources across disciplines, languages and regions. The group will examine the history of postcolonial theory, considering its root concerns of the limits of representation and knowledge production, critiques of the nation-state, and the transformation of life forms under colonial and postcolonial modernity. In this pursuit, we will also consider how the methods and questions of postcolonial theory have transformed in contemporary works, namely, how works of the Global South continue to grapple with the problems of state violence, global inequality, and environmental crises. In our method as well as our critical inquiries, we will reflect on varied imaginings of the world and the contemporary critiques and coalitions that emerge from these epistemological frameworks. In doing so, we will entangle ourselves in contemporary theory to explore and move towards a multi-epistemic world and a cosmo-political universe of co-existence and critical possibility.

The fall meetings will take place on the following dates:

September 10, October 8, October 22, November 8, and November 19.

For more information, please contact

Jacome, Rhadigan and Johnston Win Dissertation Awards

The Program in Critical Theory will support three Designated Emphasis students’ dissertation projects in 2019-2020. Veronica Jacome and Ryan Rhadigan will receive semester-long Critical Theory Dissertation Fellowships, while Taylor Johnston has won a Critical Theory Research Grant.

Support for this year’s awardees is generously provided by the Magistretti Graduate Fellowship Fund, through the UC Berkeley College of Letters and Sciences, the Dean of Arts and Humanities, and the Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science.

Veronica Jacome, Energy and Resources Group

Veronica Jacome

Veronica Jacome is a human geographer and Ph.D. Candidate with the Energy and Resources Group (ERG). She studies energy development and environmental justice through the lens of resource geography and political economy. Her dissertation investigates the presumptions and precarity imbedded in electricity systems today by applying critical theory, social science research methods, and electric power systems monitoring. Prior to joining ERG, Veronica served as the Director of Development for Imagine Science and Films, and taught A-level physics in Tanzania.

Chateaubriand Fellow, Art Rosenfeld Award, NSF Graduate Fellow, Foreign Language Academic Scholarship

Ryan Rhadigan, Rhetoric

Ryan Rhadigan

Ryan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Rhetoric with a designated emphasis in Critical Theory. He received an MA in American Indian Studies from UCLA. In 2017-2019 he was a graduate fellow at the UC Berkeley Institute for the Study of Societal Issues. Ryan’s research combines methods from Native American and Indigenous studies, science and technology studies, and critical theory, in order to explore how archival technics shape Indigenous communities’ collective efforts to transform and democratize scientific practices. His dissertation project, “Salvage Constellations: The Archival Logics of Dispossession and Indigenous Recollection” investigates how Indigenous people in northern California are represented in ethnological archives, and how such archival entanglements work to consolidate, displace, and transduce present acts of cultural knowledge production and political exchange. 


Taylor Johnston, Comparative Literature

Taylor Johnston

Taylor Johnston is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature and an M.A. in English at UC Berkeley, where she works on postmodern and contemporary American fiction, the African-American novel, literary realism, and critical whiteness studies. Her recent work appears in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction (2017) and is forthcoming in Arizona Quarterly (2019). Her dissertation project, “Postmodern Realism and That Class Which is Not One”, explores the social and epistemological significance of realist description in white lower-middle-class fiction of the American seventies and eighties.

In the Department of Comparative Literature, she has taught nine courses on American and European literature and film, including two interdisciplinary Mellon-funded courses on the intersections of literature and live performance, a collaboration with Cal Performances.

Originally from San Diego, she received a B.A. in English and American Literature (2007) and an M.A. in Italian Studies (2010) from Middlebury College. Before beginning her graduate studies at Berkeley, she taught English at the Luca Pacioli Technical Institute in Lombardy (2007-8) and Italian at “La Scuola” International School, San Francisco (2008-12), as part of their early childhood education program.


The Program in Critical Theory is delighted to welcome twenty-one new students to the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. The new cohort includes graduate students from ten departments in the social sciences, humanities, and professional schools. These new admits bring the total number of Critical Theory DE students to approximately 125 (the largest such program at Berkeley).

  • Alejandra Rotondo, Anthropology
  • Alli Appelbaum, City and Regional Planning
  • Caroline Durlacher, German
  • Catherine Sulpizio, English
  • David Lau, Rhetoric
  • Gustavo Capela, Anthropology
  • John James, English
  • Joseph Serrano, English
  • Joshua Gregory, Social Welfare
  • Kyra Sutton, Rhetoric
  • Lindsay Choi, English
  • Mariagrazia De Luca, Italian Studies
  • Mehak Khan, English
  • Michele D’Aurizio, History of Art
  • Patrick Delehanty, English
  • Pê Feijó, Rhetoric
  • Robert Stahl, Anthropology
  • Sarah Hastings-Rudolph, French
  • Scott Cowan, Philosophy
  • Tulasi Johnson, History
  • Yael Plitmann, Jurisprudence and Social Policy

Congratulations, all!

CT Faculty Announce Fall 2019 Courses

CT faculty will be teaching seven Fall 2019 courses that count towards the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. These courses reflect the interdisciplinary breadth of the Program, with core and elective options in Comparative Literature, Ethnic Studies, Film, French, German, Education, and Spanish & Portuguese.

For more information on fall courses and the curricular requirements of the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, please visit our Courses page.

Fall 2019 Critical Theory Courses: CORE

  • Frankfurt School, New York School: Critical Aesthetics & Modern Poetry | Comparative Literature | Robert Kaufman
  • Freud and Lacan | Film | Mary Ann Doane
  • Critical Ethnic Studies without Guarantees: Thinking with Stuart Hall | Ethnic Studies | Keith Feldman

Fall 2019 Critical Theory Courses: ELECTIVE

  • Post-War Materialisms and the Concrete | Spanish & Portuguese | Nathaniel Wolfson
  • Image and Power | German | Tony Kaes
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature – The Nineteenth Century and ways of reading: Literature, social history, hermenueutics | French | Michael Lucey
  • Proseminar: Sociocultural Critique of Education | Education | Zeus Leonardo
  • Arts of the Self | French | Damon Young
  • Law and History Foundation Seminar | Law | Christopher Tomlins
  • Ruins of History | Rhetoric | Samera Esmeir, Stefan-Ludwig Hoffman


The Critical Theory Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to Critical Theory Designated Emphasis (DE) graduate students with records of achievement and promising dissertation projects. The fellowship supports students writing their dissertations with up to $18,000 toward fees and stipend for a single semester of support.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Critical Theory Dissertation Fellowship are due Friday, April 12, 2019, by 4 pm. Eligible students must be enrolled in the Critical Theory DE and not receive significant (non-teaching) financial support from their home departments during the period of the award. Applicants must have completed their Qualifying Exams and have an approved dissertation prospectus.

Application Guidelines

Applicants must submit a cover letter, a 2-3 page abstract of the dissertation, an academic CV, and a letter from the dissertation adviser evaluating the project’s promise. Applicants planning on having the prospectus approved by the end of May 2017 should explain this in the application cover letter and should have the dissertation director, in his or her letter, evaluate the draft or proposed prospectus and the likelihood of its approval.

The committee will have the option of splitting the award in order to support more students.  In view of this possibility, applicants should specify in the cover letter whether they would prefer to have the award in the fall or spring semester.

Completed applications, including all supporting materials, must be received by Friday, April 12, 2019, at 4 pm.

Please submit applications to

Deadline for applications: April 12, 2019, by 4 pm
Award Announced: May 2019
Award Period: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020
Award Amount: Varies according to applicant pool and funds available.

The Dissertation Fellowship is open to Critical Theory students in UC Berkeley Departments including Anthropology, Boalt Law School, Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultures, English, Ethnic Studies, Film & Media, French, Gender & Women’s Studies, German, Geography, History, History of Art, Italian, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Rhetoric, School of Education, School of Public Health, Sociology, South & Southeast Asian Studies, Spanish & Portuguese, and Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.

CT Faculty Offer 15 Critical Theory Courses in Spring 2019

CT faculty will be teaching 15 spring  2019 courses that count towards the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. These courses reflect the interdisciplinary breadth of the Program, with core and elective options in Comparative Literature, Gender and Women’s Studies, Music Rhetoric, Political Science, Philosophy, Film, Sociology, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

For more information on fall courses and the curricular requirements of the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, please visit our Courses page.

Spring 2019 Critical Theory Courses:  CORE

  • Problems of Literary Theory | German | Karen Feldman
  • Queer Aesthetics | Film 240/Gender and Women’s Studies | Damon Young
  • Traditions of Critical Thought: French Theories and Their Aftermaths | French | Eglantine L. Colon
  • Rhetorical Theory and Criticism: Rhetorical Theory – On War and Revolution: Legal and Political Histories | Rhetoric | Samer Esmeir
  • Advanced Study in Sociology Theory: Marxist Theories of Politics | Sociology | Dylan Riley

Spring 2019 Critical Theory Courses:  ELECTIVE

  • The City, Arts and Public Space | City and Regional Planning and Rhetoric | Teresa Caldeira and Shannon Jackson
  • The Novel and Sociological Forms of Knowledge | Comparative Literature | Michael Lucey
  • Studies in Literary Theory: Kafka and His Commentators | Comparative Literature | Judith Butler
  • Philosophical Idealizations of Art and Modernist Practices | English | Charles Altieri
  • Fictional Writings of History in Post-Colonial Maghribi Literature | French | Soraya Tlatli
  • Decentering the Early Modern: Utopian Texts in the Atlantic World | Italian and Spanish | Diego Pirillo and Ivonne del Valle
  • Interpretive Theories and Music: Future Trends in Ethnomusicological Research | Music | Jocelyne M. Guibault
  • Michel Foucault: The Order of Things | Philosophy | Hans Sluga, Paolo Mancosu
  • Modern Political Theory | Political Science | Wendy Brown
  • Introduction to Nietzsche | Rhetoric | James Porter


Call for Papers: ICCTP Conference “Critical Theories in a Global Context” University of Brighton, January 23-25, 2019

The International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs invites 300-word abstracts for a conference, hosted jointly by the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics at the University of Brighton, UK, and the Department of Politics at Boğaziçi University, Turkey. Please send abstracts to before September 10, 2018.

The conference has three aims:

(a) to reanimate the analytical and critical tools of the past in addressing the xenophobic, fascistic, racist, and sexist tendencies of the present;
(b) to engage in debate with critical theoretical scholars from every part of the globe;
(c) to address the inequalities intrinsic to the global political order, while identifying the places, spaces and practices which inspire democratic politics today.

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Borowitz, Iqbal, Gerard Win Critical Theory Dissertation Awards

The Program in Critical Theory will support three Designated Emphasis students’ dissertation projects in 2018-2019. Molly Borowitz and Basit Iqbal will receive semester-long Critical Theory Dissertation Fellowships, while Philip Gerard has won a Critical Theory Research Grant.

Support for this year’s awardees is generously provided by the Magistretti Graduate Fellowship Fund, through the UC Berkeley College of Letters and Sciences, Division of Arts and Humanities, and the Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science.

Molly Borowitz is a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Languages and Literatures with Designated Emphases in Critical Theory and Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. Her dissertation, “Spiritual Subjecthood and Institutional Legibility in Early-Modern Spain and Spanish America,” examines the ways in which spiritual subjects construct themselves in response to interpellation and assessment by early-modern Spanish and Spanish-colonial institutions. The project places a corpus of 16th- and 17th-century texts on Catholic religious experience, including prayer manuals, histories of the New World, and correspondence from Iberian missionaries to the Americas, alongside 20th- and 21st-century theories of subject formation and politics. The dialogue between these two bodies of text illuminates the ways in which early-modern Iberians and Ibero-Americans exteriorize their experiences of  (more… )

ICCTP Launches Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory

The International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP) is pleased to announce the inaugural issue of Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory, a peer-reviewed, open access online journal with the aim of foregrounding the global reach and form of contemporary critical theory. The journal will be published three times a year.

Critical Times seeks to reflect on and facilitate forms of transnational solidarity that draw upon critical theory and political practice from various world regions. Calling into question hemispheric epistemologies in order to revitalize left critical thought for these times, the journal stages encounters between critical theory and related traditions of critique. It hopes to redress missed opportunities for critical dialogue between the Global South and Global North and to generate contacts across the current divisions of knowledge and languages in the South and across the peripheries. Critical Times publishes essays, interviews, dialogues, dispatches, visual art, and various other platforms for critical reflection, engaging with social and political theory, literature, philosophy, art criticism, and other fields within the humanities and social sciences. (more… )

CT Faculty Offer Six Critical Theory Courses in Fall 2018

CT faculty will be teaching six fall 2018 courses that count towards the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. These courses reflect the interdisciplinary breadth of the Program, with core and elective options in Comparative Literature, Gender and Women’s Studies, Rhetoric, Law, Education, Film, and German.

For more information on fall courses and the curricular requirements of the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, please visit our Courses page.

Fall 2018 Critical Theory Courses:

  • Aesthetics as Critique: Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory | Comparative Literature 221.1
    Robert Kaufman
  • Gender and Capitalism | Gender and Women’s Studies 235
    Leslie Lane Salzinger
  • Ethics without Morals: Nietzsche and Adorno | Rhetoric 240G.2
    James Porter
  • American Legal History | Critical Theory 290.1 | Law 267.4
    Christopher Tomlins
  • Sociocultural Critique of Education | Education 280A.1 Proseminar
    Zeus Leonardo
  • Cinema of Crisis | Film 240.2 | Germans 265.1
    Tony Kaes

Congratulations to Our New Designated Emphasis Students

The Program in Critical Theory is delighted to welcome seventeen new students to the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. The new cohort includes graduate students from ten departments in the social sciences, humanities, and professional schools. These new admits, which bring the total number of Critical Theory DE students to approximately 115 (the largest such program at Berkeley), are: (more… )

Obituary: Dr. Saba Mahmood, 1962-2018

A celebration of Professor Saba Mahmood’s life and work will take place on Monday, April 30 from 4:30PM – 7:00PM at the David Brower Center (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704). Please join friends and family in remembering Dr. Mahmood.

Saba Mahmood, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, passed away on March 10th, 2018. The cause was pancreatic cancer. Professor Mahmood specialized in Sociocultural Anthropology and was a scholar of modern Egypt. Born in Quetta, Pakistan in 1962, she came to the United States in 1981 to study architecture and urban planning at the University of Washington in Seattle. She received her PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University in 1998 and taught at the University of Chicago before coming to the University of California at Berkeley in 2004, where she offered her last seminar in fall 2017. At Berkeley, in addition to the Anthropology Department, Professor Mahmood was affiliated with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Program in Critical Theory and the Institute for South Asia Studies (where she was instrumental in creating the Berkeley Pakistan Studies Initiative, the first of its kind in the United States).

Mahmood made path-breaking contributions to contemporary debates on secularism, opening up new ways of understanding religion in public life and contesting received assumptions about both religion and the secular. Against an increasingly shrill scholarship denouncing Muslim societies, she brought a nuanced and educated understanding of Islam into discussions of feminist theory, ethics and politics. Her publications and presentations have reverberated throughout the humanities and social sciences, profoundly shaping the scholarship of a new generation of scholars as they develop a thoughtful, knowledgeable, and critical approach to religion in modernity. As a scholar and teacher, she embodied and followed strong moral and political principles, offered keen analyses of colonial and capitalist power in her account of secularism’s modernity, and formulated new ways of understanding the subject of feminism, relational subjectivity, religious freedom, religious injury, the rights of religious minorities, and comparative legal analysis of religious and secular family law and sexual regulations.

Together with anthropologists Talal Asad and Charles Hirschkind, Mahmood showed secularism to be a complex political formation that produces differences among the religious traditions it seeks to regulate. In her words, “political secularism is the modern state’s sovereign power to reorganize substantive features of religious life, stipulating what religion is or ought to be, assigning its proper content, and disseminating concomitant subjectivities, ethical frameworks, and quotidian practices.” Secularism never escapes its own religious histories, nor does it ever achieve autonomy from the religious formations it aims to regulate. In fact, the distinction between public and private life central to secular reason draws its bearings from a modern Christian emphasis on private worship. This Christian religious framework, focused on belief, contrasts sharply with religions such as Islam which foreground strongly the role on embodied practices within religious life. As a result, she argued, secular epistemologies cannot grasp the way that Islam articulates religious values, misconstruing both the Islamic subject and the public meanings of its religious practices.

Within feminist theory, Mahmood challenged readers to understand that the pious Muslim women she studied in Cairo were not mindlessly obedient subjects, but engaged in distinct hermeneutical approaches to reading the Qur’an in schools of their own, cultivating religious practice as a form of ethical conduct. Challenging views of subjective freedom bequeathed by Western moral philosophy, she made a bold and challenging argument: to understand pious women within Islam one had to conceive of a subject defined in its relation to the textual and imagistic representations of the divine. Women who engaged in a religious practice of this sort, she argued, ought to be understood as engaging in ethical practices of self-cultivation. And yet, in these cases, the subject of ethics is not voluntaristic, a notion that would separate ‘free will’ from formative social and religious norms; rather, in Islam, the subject of ethics embodies a living and practiced relation to the divine, and requires a different notion of subject-formation. One consequence of this view was made clear in her intervention in the 2006 debates on the Danish cartoons caricaturing Mohammed. Those who claimed that such images were merely offensive missed the nature of the injury itself. Within Islam, she argued, the attack on the divine image is the same as the attack on the living and embodied self, since that self resides in that very relation.

In her last work, she studied the discrimination against Coptic Orthodox Christians in contemporary Egypt’s secular regime. Against the view that tribal and religious differences are evidence of the incomplete process of secularization, she showed how religious differences, and conflict, have been exacerbated under secular regimes of power. She argued that the discrimination and violence suffered by Coptic Christians have increased as the modern state more fully regulated and managed religious life, imposing its own rationales onto debates about religious doctrine and practice. Far from realizing ideals of civic and political equality, the secular state facilitated religious inequalities and inter-faith violence. Mahmood considered the norms and practices developed within Islam for negotiating religious difference, showing how such religiously informed techniques of civic governance are overridden by secular regimes of power.

Mahmood was the single author of Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report (Princeton University Press, 2015) and Politics of Piety: the Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject (Princeton University Press, 2005) which won the Victoria Schuck Award from the American Political Science Association. She co-authored Is Critique Secular? (Fordham University Press, 2011) and co-edited Politics of Religious Freedom (University of Chicago, 2015). Her work has been translated into Arabic, French, Persian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, and Polish. She published numerous articles in the fields of anthropology, history, religious studies, political science, critical theory, feminist theory, and art criticism and served on several journal boards and read for many presses. Professor Mahmood was the recipient of several honors and awards, including the Axel Springer Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin, and fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and the University of California Humanities Research Institute. She was the recipient of a major grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Initiative on Religion and International Affairs as well as the Harvard Academy of International and Area Studies. She also received the Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, as well as the Andrew Carnegie Scholars’ program as a young scholar. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Uppsala in Sweden in 2013.

Saba Mahmood was a brilliant scholar, cherished colleague, and dedicated teacher and graduate mentor. Along with her ceaseless political passions and trenchant analyses, she keened to the beauty of the wilderness, the poetry of Ghalib, the delights of cooking and sharing excellent food. She cultivated with joyous attention her relationships with family and friends. She mentored her students with remarkable care and intensity, demanding their best work, listening, responding with a sharp generosity, coming alive in thought, and soliciting others to do the same. In her final months, she affirmed the values of thought and love, leaving now a vibrant legacy that will persist and flourish among all whose lives were touched by her life and work. She is survived by her husband, Charles Hirschkind, her son, Nameer Hirschkind.