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Benjamin Nolan

Professional Title: 

Graduate Student


Machmer W-34E


Office Hours: 

Fall 2018: Thursdays 1-4pm


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


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

My current research focuses on the politics underlying transformations in both international and local rights discourses especially in the U.S., the Arab World and South Africa. My focus is on the period stretching from the post-WWII moment, through to the present. 

In addition to my work in the department, I am also an Amherst Program in Critical Theory fellow, and a fellow in the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute's 2018 Seminar.

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

Favorite historical theorists at the moment: Augustine, Machiavelli and Marx. I have a frienemical relationship with Kant. 


  • Political Science