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timothy pachirat

Professional Title: 

professor of political science


thompson hall


Office Hours: 

email for appointment


ph.d. yale


author of every twelve seconds; among wolves; "the tyranny of light;" "dispatches from the kill floor;"  "the ethnographer's potion;" "sanctuary;" "we call it a grain of sand;" + others. teacher of intro to comparative; distance, deceit, denial; political ethnography; + others.  service to iqmr; imm; politics and animals; critical political studies; umass graduate certificate in ethnographic research; umass ethnography collective; + others. keynotes/public lectures at yale law, harvard law, nyu, cuny, u washington, u hawai'i, oberlin, colorado college, u hamburg, u oslo, vrije u, u sydney, u melbourne, u victoria, u vienna, wageningen u + others.  member, ias / sss [20/21].  note on working with graduate students

while the discipline of political science is my formal institutional home, i subscribe to an expansive definition of politics as the study of how power is understood, exercised, and contested across time and space (and acknowledge the words in that definition as concepts themselves in need of query).  my work listens for and wants conversation with the rivers and tributaries that flow through and across political science, sociology, anthropology, history, geography, law, philosophy, literature, and poetry. 


  • Political Science