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Adam Dahl

Professional Title: 

Assistant Professor of Political Science


Thompson 536


Office Hours: 

Tuesday 1:00-3:00 & by appointment


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2014


Adam Dahl’s research and teaching interests are in transnational political thought in the Americas, democratic theory, the politics of race and indigeneity, and political theories of empire and colonialism.  His first book, Empire of the People: Settler Colonialism and the Foundations of Modern Democratic Thought (University Press of Kansas, 2018), examines the constitutive role of settler colonialism in shaping modern norms of democratic legitimacy.  His current research project, tentatively titled The Black Transnational: Slavery, Empire, and Global Political Thought, focuses on anti-imperialism and transnational anti-colonialism in African American thought from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries.  He has also begun initial research on the democratic thought of Trinidadian political theorist C.L.R. James.  His research has appeared in Polity, American Political Thought, Perspectives on Politics, New Political Science, and Political Research Quarterly, and has received financial support from the Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies.  Before coming to UMass, he taught at the University of Minnesota and the University of the South.

Area of Study: 

  • Political theory

Curriculum Vitae: 

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  • Political Science