Faculty

These faculty teach courses related to Critical Theory. Links direct you to profile pages in their home department.

A. Kiarina Kordela
  • A. Kiarina Kordela
  • Professor, German and Russian Studies
  • Director of the Critical Theory concentration, focuses on philosophy, intellectual history, critical political economy, psychoanalysis, comparative literature, political theory, film theory, and biopolitics
  • 651-696-6524
Morgan Adamson
  • Morgan Adamson
  • Assistant Professor, Media and Cultural Studies
  • Focuses on film and media theory, documentary and avant-garde cinema, critical theory and cultural studies, film and video production, and critical political economy
  • 651-696-6340
Lisa Mueller
  • Lisa Mueller
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Comparative politics, African politics, behavioral and development economics, and research methods.
Karin Aguilar-San Juan
Andrew Billing
  • Andrew Billing
  • Associate Professor and Chair
  • Focuses on 18th-century French literature, Enlightenment political and moral philosophy, colonialism, and critical theory
  • 651-696-6306
David L. Blaney
Justin Butler
  • Justin Butler
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Hispanic and Latin American Studies
  • Focuses on contemporary poetry, critical theory, and continental philosophy
  • 651-696-6883
Ernesto Capello
  • Ernesto Capello
  • Associate Professor of History and Latin American Studies
  • Andes, cultural history, art and architecture, transnationalism, cartography, transhemispheric imaginaries, urban history, colonial narratives and nostalgia, and Amazonia
  • 651-696-6772
Julia Chadaga
Paula Cooey
  • Paula Cooey
  • (Retired) Margaret W. Harmon Professor, Religious Studies (Emeritus)
  • Focuses on Christianity and culture, theory of religion, and on conflict in the context of religious traditions and secularism
Erik Davis
  • Erik Davis
  • Associate Professor, Religious Studies
  • current focus: collective and ritual creativity associated with social protest movements in urban Cambodia and Southeast Asia.
  • 651-696-6152
Olga González
  • Olga González
  • Associate Professor and Chair, Anthropology
  • Cultural anthropology, memory and secrecy, truth and reconciliation, violence and subjectivity, Latin America
  • 651-696-6589
Zeynep D. Gürsel
  • Zeynep D. Gürsel
  • Assistant Professor of International Studies, Affiliated faculty of Anthropology & Media and Cultural Studies (Sabbatical: AY 2015-2016)
  • Global media, visual anthropology, ethnographic and documentary film, cultures of knowledge production especially news and journalism, photography, anthropology of the imagination, politics in everyday life, cultures of work.
Corie Hammers (On sabbatical this year 2015-16)
Duchess Harris
  • Duchess Harris
  • Professor of American Studies, Department Chair
  • Focuses on 20th-century African American political history and civil rights
  • 651-696-6478
Joanna Inglot
  • Joanna Inglot
  • Edith M. Kelso Associate Professor, Art History
  • Focuses on modern and contemporary art, particularly in Europe and the United States
  • 651-696-6657
Anastasia Kayiatos
John Kim
  • John Kim
  • Associate Professor, Media and Cultural Studies
  • Is a theorist and practitioner of new media, with interactive installations at museums and galleries, and a programmer and designer at Internet startups
  • 651-696-6788
Joy Laine
  • Joy Laine
  • Adjunct Professor, Philosophy
  • Focuses on the philosophy of mind and language in the context of both Western and Indian philosophical traditions
  • 651-696-6353
David Martyn
  • David Martyn
  • Professor, German and Russian Studies
  • Focuses on comparative literature, literary theory, culture from the 18th century to the present, philosophy, and literature written in German by “foreign”-language authors
  • 651-696-6547
Diane Michelfelder
Mark Mazullo
David Chioni Moore
  • David Chioni Moore
  • Associate Professor, International Studies and English
  • Literary interactions in the Black Atlantic world, notably Africa, the Caribbean, and African America; post-colonial and/as the post-Soviet; comparative literature; cultural theory; globalization.
  • 651-696-6242
Khaldoun Samman
  • Khaldoun Samman
  • Professor of Sociology
  • Focuses on world historical-comparative and urban sociology, globalization, sociology of religion, and modes of identities in the Middle East
  • 651-696-6845
Sonita Sarker (On sabbetical spring semester 2016)
  • Sonita Sarker (On sabbetical spring semester 2016)
  • Professor Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and English
  • Feminist and literary theories; cultural studies of globalization as it intersects with nationalism, democracy, and imperialism; "minoritized" literatures, with a transnational comparative basis in Western Europe and Asia.
  • 651-696-6316
Joëlle Vitiello
  • Joëlle Vitiello
  • Professor
  • Focuses on 20th-century French, francophone, and Haitian literature, culture, and cinema; postcolonial identities, violence, and genocide in the francophone world
  • 651-696-6412