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Elisabeth R. Anker is Associate Professor of American Studies and Political Science at George Washington University. Her book Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom (Duke, 2014) examines the role of melodrama in US politics. Her next book is titled Ugly Freedoms. The book examines contemporary visions of freedom in an era marked by non-sovereignty, global interdependence, and heightened levels of inequality.

Kye Anderson Barker is a recent Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at UCLA, where he is currently a Lecturer in political theory, teaching courses on modern political theory, modern republicanism, and continental political thought. His work is situated at the intersection of the history of political thought, the history of the emotions, and secularization studies. He is currently working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation, A Political Theory of Wonder: Feelings of Order in Modern Political Thought. Kye can be reached at; his website is here:

Regan Burles is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science and a Graduate Fellow at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria. His previous work has been published in Security Dialogue and International Relations. Regan is currently at work on a dissertation on systems theories of international politics.

Andrew Dilts is Associate Professor of Political Theory and Loyola Marymount University. Dilts is a political theorist who works in the traditions of critical theory and the history of political thought, focusing primarily on the relationships between race, sexuality, political membership, sovereignty, and punishment in the United States. (Dilts is the author of Punishment and Inclusion: Race, Membership, and the Limits of American Liberalism (Fordham, 2014) and co-editor (with Perry Zurn of American University) of Active Intolerance: Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition (Palgrave, 2016). Dilts is also a founding collective member of Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics. More information about Dilts' teaching and research is online at

Kevin Duong is Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia where he teaches political theory. He teaches topics in democratic theory, French intellectual history, gender and sexuality, and the history of the left. He is also the author of The Virtues of Violence: Democracy Against Disintegration in Modern France (Oxford UP, 2020) and a variety of articles on 19th and 20th century political thought. Kevin can be reached at

John Hultgren teaches environmental politics, the politics of migration, and political theory at Bennington College. He is the author of Border Walls Gone Green: Nature and Anti-Immigrant Politics in America (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), and is currently finishing a manuscript on The Environment and Class Formation in the United States. He can be reached at

Steven Johnston is Maxwell Presidential Chair and Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah. He is the author of Wonder and Cruelty: Ontological War in 'It's a Wonderful Life' (Lexington, 2019); Lincoln: The Ambiguous Icon (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018); American Dionysia: Violence, Tragedy, and Democratic Politics (Cambridge, 2015); The Truth about Patriotism (Duke, 2007); and Encountering Tragedy: Rousseau and the Project of Democratic Order (Cornell, 1999). He is currently working on a manuscript on American democracy's (in) ability to defend itself, including the practice of tyrannicide, as well as a manuscript on tragedy and international politics.

Rohan Kalyan is Assistant Professor of International Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he teaches courses on culture, media and political theory. His work is highly interdisciplinary, ranging from theories of space, scale and urbanism, to film and media studies, to postcolonial theory and continental philosophy. His book Neo Delhi and the Politics of Postcolonial Urbanism was published in 2017 with Routledge. Rohan is also a documentary filmmaker. His latest film is the documentary Badiou. Rohan can be reached at; his websites: and

Sarah Kessler is the TV Section Editor of Public Books and Lecturer of Communication at the University of Southern California, where she teaches gender, media, and cultural studies. Her interdisciplinary research spans the fields of transatlantic popular culture, critical...


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