Seven new faculty recently joined our Critical Theory interdisciplinary community. Now totaling 70 affiliated members, The Program’s diverse faculty represent twenty-five departments across the fields of social sciences, arts, humanities, education, law, and natural resources, offering courses to the nearly 100 students pursuing the Designated Emphasis.
Stephen Collier is a professor in the Department of City + Regional Planning. After receiving his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, he spent fifteen years teaching in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School in New York City. He joined the Department of City + Regional Planning at UC Berkeley in 2018.
Collier’s work examines city and regional planning from the broad perspective of the forms of political rationality in modern societies—the way government is taken up as a problem of expert reflection and is constituted as a field of intervention. He has studied the planning of cities, and planning in cities, in relationship to problems such as national development, military mobilization, social welfare, vulnerability and resilience. His work lies at the interaction of geography, anthropology, sociology and science and technology studies, and touches on themes that have been central to these fields in recent years, including neoliberalism, risk society splintering urbanism, and the political category of emergency. Collier is co-founder and co-editor of Limn, a scholarly magazine addressing contemporary issues at the intersection of expertise and politics.
David Grewal is a professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Law. Before coming to Berkeley, Grewal taught at Yale Law School and held a cross appointment in the Yale department of Science. He was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows, and holds B.A. (Economics) and Ph.D. (Political Science) degrees from Harvard and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Grewal’s research interests include legal and political theory; intellectual history, particularly the history of economic thought; global economic governance and international trade law; intellectual property law and biotechnology; and law and economics. His first book, Network Power: The Social Dynamics of Globalization, was published by Yale University Press in 2008. His second book, The Invention of the Economy, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press. He has published on legal topics in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, and on a variety of questions in political theory and intellectual history in several peer-reviewed journals. His public writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, and elsewhere. Grewal is a member of the Board of Directors of the BioBricks Foundation and a co-founder of the Law and Political Economy blog.
Alva Noë is a professor of philosophy whose research and teaching focus on perception and consciousness, as well as the theory of art. Noë earned his Ph.D. from Harvard and began his career at UC Santa Cruz.
His other interests include Phenomenology, Wittgenstein, Kant, and the origins of analytic philosophy, as well as topics in the philosophies of baseball and biology. A prolific writer, Noe has authored many notable books, including Action in Perception (MIT 2004), Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness (FSG 2009), Varieties of Presence (Harvard 2012), and Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature (FSG 2015). His newest book is Infinite Baseball: Notes from a Philosopher at the Ballpark (OUP 2019). After coming to Berkeley in 2003, Noe became an affiliated faculty member of the Berkeley Center for New Media, the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and most recently, the Program in Critical Theory.
Andreja Novakovic is an associate professor in the Philosophy Department at UC Berkeley. After receiving her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2012, she taught at the College of William & Mary, UC Riverside, and Humboldt University in Berlin.
Her research interests are in 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, with a focus on G.W.F. Hegel. She is the author of Hegel on Second Nature in Ethical Life (Cambridge University Press, 2017), which concerns habit and reflection in Hegel’s practical philosophy; she has also published articles on Hegel’s anthropology and his philosophy of history. She is currently working on a project about Hegel’s concept of experience, its role in the second part of the Phenomenology of Spirit, and its relevance to other parts of Hegel’s system, especially the Science of Logic. Additional research interests include Nietzsche, Frankfurt School Critical Theory, and feminist epistemology, especially standpoint theory. In 2016 Novakovic was awarded the Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching (JET) Award from UC Riverside. Next year, she will be a Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the Research Center for Analytic German Idealism at the University of Leipzig in Germany. Novakovic serves as Book Review Editor for the SGIR Review of the Society for German Idealism and Romanticism.
Eric Stanley is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. They received a Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness Department at UC Santa Cruz and previously taught in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at UC Riverside.
Stanley’s research and teaching work with radical trans/queer critique, anti-colonial feminisms, and critical theory. They are currently completing their first manuscript Atmospheres of Violence: Trans/Queer Antagonisms and the Ungovernable (Duke UP). This book argues racialized anti-trans/queer violence, including direct attacks, prisons, suicide, and HIV/AIDS, is foundational to, and not an aberration of western modernity. Stanley is also working on two other projects, the first on nonsovereignty and the trans/queer people involved in Left insurgent underground activities in the 1970s and 1980s, and a new project on geographies of dislocation and trans resistance, focusing on the Bay Area. In addition to the Program in Critical Theory, Stanley serves as a co-leader of the LGBTQ Citizenship Faculty Research Cluster at UC Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute.
Mario Telò is a professor in the Department of Classics. Originally from Italy, he earned his B.A. and Ph.D. in classics at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Before coming to Berkeley, he spent eight years at UCLA as an assistant and associate professor of classics.
Telò’s research interests cover the full range of Greek literature, with occasional incursions into Roman drama. After working for a number of years on Greek comedy, Telò finished a book-length project on Greek tragedy entitled Archive Feelings: A Theory of Greek Tragedy, which takes his interests in affect, materiality, and psychoanalysis in a new direction, exploring how contemporary theorizations of the archive can help us understand the affective experience of tragedy. Telò is currently the chief editor of the journal Classical Antiquity. He also writes for the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. This fall, Telò will teach “Writing Disaster: Tragedy, Ecology and Psychoanalysis” (Classics, 239) which will serve as an elective course (290) for Critical Theory students.
Sarah Vaughn is an assistant professor of sociocultural anthropology, where her primary field is the critical study of climate change. She received a B.A. in 2006 from Cornell University, majoring as a College Scholar with a focus in Anthropology, Sociology and Inequality Studies. In 2013, she was awarded a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University.
Vaughn has engaged climate change through both ethnographic and archival research of the geotechnical engineering sciences and the shifting political frameworks for climate data and services. At stake in her research is the way climate change generates problem spaces and claims to expertise. Her current project, Engineering Vulnerability: In Pursuit of Climate Adaptation explores the weight of history on the frameworks and assemblages of climate adaptation. Each chapter tracks the responses of engineers, ordinary citizens, scientists, military personnel, disaster consultants, and humanitarian workers to climate-related flooding in Guyana, reflecting the surge in state and nongovernmental climate adaptation projects across the world. Her next book will explore the emergence of multi-sector climate services across the Caribbean. In addition to the Program in Critical Theory, Vaughn is affiliated with the Center for Science, Technology and Medicine.