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Siddhant Issar

Professional Title: 

Graduate Student



B.A., Philosophy, Wesleyan University (2012); M.A., Social and Political Theory & Approaches to Modernity, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2015)


My research interests can be categorized under the broad banner of critical social & political theory. More specifically, I am interested in the ways contemporary social movements and political thinkers have appropriated, adaptated, or broken with Hegelian-Marxist thought in their struggle against various forms of oppression. In this vein, I am interested in Critical Theory, especially the first generation of the Frankfurt School, Black radical thought (including Afro-pessimism), decolonial and postcolonial theory, feminist theory, and queer theory.

Currently, my research examines the theoretical underpinnings of the Movement for Black Lives's analysis of capitalism, particularly its use of "racial capitalism," and contrasts this approach with neo-Marxist and neo-Foucaultian analyses of capitalism.


  • Political Science