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Benjamin Nolan

Professional Title: 

Graduate Student


Machmer W-34E


Office Hours: 

Fall 2018: Thursdays 2:30-5pm


B.A. McGill University; M.A. University of Chicago


I am a PhD candidate focusing on historical and contemporary political theory. 

My research focuses on the politics underlying transformations in international and activist human rights discourses in the period stretching from the post-WWII moment, through to the present. My critical perspective draws especially on the interwar political and theoretical writings of W.E.B. Du Bois, Simone Weil, and Walter Benjamin as they pertain to questions of history, humanity and interpretive method. 

In addition to my work in the department, I am also an Amherst Program in Critical Theory fellow, I was a fellow in the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute's 2018 Seminar, and am a graduate fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Center

I speak French and am trying my best to learn Arabic and Spanish.


  • Political Science