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Professor Jeanne Morefield and Professor Paul Apostolidis join ISJ

The Institute for Social Justice is pleased to announce the joining of two Professors from Whitman College, Jeanne Morefield and Paul Apostolidis.


Jeanne and Paul start their contracts as ISJ Professorial Fellows in June 2016 and will be present at this year’s Sydney School for Critical Social Thought.


s200_jeanne.morefieldJeanne Morefield is Professor of Politics at Whitman College. Her scholarship works at the intersection of political theory, history, and international relations, examining a variety of topics including the relationship between the contemporary and historical rhetorics of imperialism and the conflict between democracy and sovereignty. Her publications include Empires Without Imperialism: Anglo-American Decline and the Politics of Deflection (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Covenants Without Swords: Idealist Liberalism and the Spirit of Empire (Princeton University Press, 2005) as well as numerous articles in journals such as History of Political Thought, Political Theory, and Theory and Event and chapters in edited volumes concerned with both political theory and the history of international and imperial thought. She is currently writing a book on the political theory of Edward Said. She teaches in the Encounters program at Whitman as well as Politics 122: Introduction to Modern European Political Theory, Politics 329: Theories of Empire, Politics 309: Liberalism and Its Discontents, and Politics 400: The Art and Architecture of Empire (with Mathew Reynolds in Art History). (Source:Whitman)



Paul Apostolidis is Professor and Judge & Mrs. Timothy A. Paul Endowed Chair of Political Science 

Paul Apostolidis.GL_0024e-thumb-200x293-9554Research areas:

  • Migrant workers’ experiences of labor, migration, and politicization (day laborers & worker centers; meatpacking workers’ unions)
  • Neoliberalism and temporalities of work and everyday life
  • Biopolitics of border control and food-industrial systems
  • Race, power, and immigration
  • Methods of social research combining empirical field inquiries, critical theory, and political engagement
  • Christian Right media culture
  • Sex scandal discourses (race, masculinity, religion)
  • Feminist theory
  • Critical explorations of Gramsci, Foucault, Adorno, Freire, Butler, Young, Agamben, Connolly, and other theorists.


Current research: My book in progress, The Fight for Time: Migrant Day Laborers and Political Uprising under Neoliberalism, explores how the worker center movement challenges neoliberal temporalities through practices based in popular education for Latin American migrant day laborers. This study utilizes extensive interviews and participant observation at the CASA Latina (Seattle) and VOZ/Martin Luther King, Jr. worker centers (Portland, OR). The project puts critical theories of neoliberalism (by Harvey, Berardi, Weeks, Postone, Gorz, and others) in dialogue with the reflections of migrant day laborers, and with Freire’s writings on popular education, to formulate a mode of political engagement capable of contesting the dominant features of time under neoliberalism.

(Source: Whitman)

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