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

A. Kiarina Kordela
  • A. Kiarina Kordela
  • Director, Critical Theory; Professor of German Studies & Chair
  • Focuses on critical theory, philosophy, literature and literary theory, intellectual history, critical political economy, psychoanalysis, political theory, film theory, analysis of ideology, and biopolitics
  • 651-696-6524

Morgan Adamson
  • Morgan Adamson
  • Professor and Chair
  • Focuses on film and media theory, documentary and avant-garde cinema, critical theory and cultural studies, film and video production, and critical political economy
  • 651-696-6639

Karín Aguilar-San Juan

Andrew Billing
  • Andrew Billing
  • Associate Professor
  • Focuses on 18th-century French literature, French Enlightenment political and moral philosophy and economic ideas, French imperialism in the Pacific, francophone literature from the Pacific, science fiction, and critical theory
  • 651-696-6306

David L. Blaney
  • David L. Blaney
  • G. Theodore Mitau Professor of Political Science (Emeritus)
  • Global political economy, international political theory
  • 651-696-6020

Ernesto Capello
  • Ernesto Capello
  • 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
  • Julia Chadaga
  • Associate Professor and Chair of Russian Studies
  • Specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature and culture
  • 651-696-6587

Erik Davis
  • Erik Davis
  • Chair, 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, Anthropology; Latin American Studies Program
  • Cultural anthropology, memory and secrecy, truth and reconciliation, violence and subjectivity, Latin America
  • 651-696-6589
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Michael Griffin
  • Michael Griffin
  • Associate Professor (NTT) of Media and Cultural Studies
  • Focuses on issues of representation in media, film and journalism. Publications address representation in visual journalism and documentary, and media treatments of social identity, community, environmental issues, and war and conflict.
  • 612-998-3512
Duchess Harris

William Hart

Joanna Inglot
  • Joanna Inglot
  • Edith M. Kelso Associate Professor, Art History
  • Expert in modern and contemporary art, with a focus on feminist art and art in former Eastern Europe.
  • 651-696-6657

Alix Johnson
  • Alix Johnson
  • Assistant Professor of International Studies
  • Digital infrastructure and information technology; spatial politics; surveillance; empire; ethnography
  • 651-696-6913
John Kim
  • John Kim
  • Associate Professor (On leave fall 23)
  • Is a theorist and practitioner of new media, who has published widely and created interactive installations and projects at museums and galleries around the world.
  • 651-696-6788

Andrew Latham
  • Andrew Latham
  • Professor of Political Science
  • International relations; regional conflict and security; foreign policy; political thought
  • 651-696-6549

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

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

Mark Mazullo

Jenna Rice Rahaim
  • Jenna Rice Rahaim
  • Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Charity, Humanitarianism, and Gifts; Empathy and Obligation; Migration and Refugees; National and Sectarian Sentiment; Genealogy and Kinship; Postcolonial and feminist literatures; the Middle East and Islamic World
  • 651-696-6847

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
  • Sonita Sarker
  • 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
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Ross Shields
  • Ross Shields
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies
  • Literature, philosophy, critical theory, the history of science, environmental humanities

Brad Stiffler

Joëlle Vitiello
  • Joëlle Vitiello
  • Professor and Chair
  • Focuses on 20th-21st-century French and francophone literature and culture; Haitian literature and culture; French and Francophone Cinema; Postcolonial identities; Immigration; Violence in France and the francophone world.
  • 651-696-6412

Della Zurick
  • Della Zurick
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • 651-696-6807

Emeritus Faculty

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
Diane Michelfelder