James Martel

James Martel
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James Martel is a professor in the Department of Political Science. He teaches courses in political theory, continental philosophy, anarchism, post-colonial theory and theories of gender and sexuality. He is the author of seven books with an eighth book that is forthcoming: Disappointing Vision: Anarchist Prophecy and the Power of Collective Sight (under contract, Duke University Press). Prior to that he published Unburied Bodies: Subversive Corpses and the Authority of the Dead (Amherst College Press, 2018). Before that he published The Misinterpellated Subject (Duke University Press, 2017). He has also written a trilogy of books on Walter Benjamin: The One and Only Law, Walter Benjamin and the Second Commandment (Michigan 2014); Divine Violence: Walter Benjamin and the Eschatology of Sovereignty (Routledge/GlassHouse 2011); and Textual Conspiracies: Walter Benjamin, Idolatry and Political Theory (Michigan, 2011). He is also the author of Subverting the Leviathan: Reading Thomas Hobbes as a Radical Democrat (Columbia, 2007) and Love is a Sweet Chain: Desire, Autonomy and Friendship in Liberal Political Theory (Routledge, 2001). He is also co-editor, along with Dr. Jimmy Casas Klausen (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro) of How not to be Governed: Readings and Interpretations from a Critical Anarchist Left (Lexington, 2011). He is also the author of many essays, encyclopedia entries, book chapters and book reviews (for CV, see link).