News Archive: 2022

Congratulations to the Program’s Recent Graduates

Congratulations to the Program’s most recent graduates! Now in its twelfth year, the Program in Critical Theory enrollment has grown to 99 active students with 73 affiliated faculty. To date, 74 UC Berkeley PhDs have earned a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory.

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The Program in Critical Theory Dissertation Fellowship

Application Deadline:
Friday, April 29, 2022

The Critical Theory Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to UC Berkeley Critical Theory Designated Emphasis (DE) graduate students with records of achievement and promising dissertation projects. The fellowships support students writing their dissertations, providing full fee remission (where required) and a full stipend, usually for a semester.

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GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Thiti Jamkajornkeiat

Thiti Jamkajornkeiat is a PhD candidate in South and Southeast Asian Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. His doctoral research investigates anti-capitalist praxis, decolonization, and leftist internationalism in post-war Indonesia with an endeavor to conceptualize Marxism from the periphery.

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GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Jaeyoon Park

Jaeyoon Park is a PhD candidate in Political Science with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. His dissertation charts the transformation of scholarly and popular discourse on addiction in the United States over the past half-century. Working with texts ranging from scientific articles and diagnostic manuals to 12-step handbooks, it explores how addiction has been reimagined as a normal feature of human experience in our time. In Fall 2022, Jaeyoon will join the political science faculty at Amherst College.

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Online “Visiting Days” CT Welcome Event for Prospective Berkeley PhD Students

UC Berkeley’s interdisciplinary Program in Critical Theory will hold its annual “Critical Theory Program Welcome” for visiting PhD admittees (prospective Berkeley doctoral students) on Monday, March 14, from 12-1 pm via Zoom. Please register here.

All current CT students and faculty are invited to attend. Over the years, similar “Welcome and Information” events have made a real difference for students deciding whether to do their doctoral work at Berkeley. The gathering will allow for CT Program faculty, staff, and current students to speak with admittees, conveying to them what the DE in Critical Theory is and responding to questions the doctoral-program admittees may have. Please attend this brief event—even if you can only drop in for a few minutes.