Mark Hoffman

Visiting Assistant Professor
Political Theory and International Relations

Professor Hoffman recently completed his PhD at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Political Science with concentrations in Political Theory and International Relations.  His Dissertation, titled “Rethinking the Politics of Immigration: Colonial Modes of Immigration Management and the Ambivalent Resilience of the Empire State” examined the historical trajectories that link contemporary immigration politics and practices in the U.S. and France to a European colonial past.  His research interests include the intersection of border politics and migration politics, the policing of populations in general and minority populations in particular, imperialism in the context of the nation-state system, and enduring modes of colonial governance.  Among other articles, he has recently published two book chapters: “Securing the Absent Nation: Colonial Governance in the New World Order” in Andrew Davison and Himadeep Muppidi, eds. Europe and its Boundaries: Words and Worlds, Within and Beyond (Lanham: Lexington, 2009) and “Colonial Borders, New World Orders: Slaves, Servants, and the Founding Divisions of Labor in the Nation of Immigrants” in Michael Lemay, ed.  Transforming America: Perspectives on U.S. Immigration. (ABC-CLIO, 2012).   Professor Hoffman teaches courses in International Relations, International Political Economy, Development, and Political Theory.