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Adam Dahl

Professional Title: 

Assistant Professor of Political Science


Thompson 436



Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2014


My research and teaching interests are in American political thought, democratic theory, the politics of race and indigeneity, and political theories of empire and colonialism.  My 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.  My current research examines the relationship between democracy and empire in the transnational political thought of W.E.B. Du Bois.  My research has appeared in journals like Polity, Perspectives on Politics, Contemporary Political Theory, Journal of Politics, and Political Research Quarterly, among others, and has received financial support from the Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, the W.E.B. Du Bois Center, and the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies (CLACLS).  Before coming to UMass, I 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