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Gabriel Mares

Gabriel Mares

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PhD candidate


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Primary interests: political theory, especially as it relates to colonialism and anti-colonialism, ethics in war, punishment, public space, and the uses of history in political theory.

My article "Just War Theory After Colonialism and the War on Terror: Re-Examining Non-Combatant Immunity" is forthcoming in International Theory. Earlier versions of this paper were presented at the Association for Political Theory (APT) conference in 2018, and International Studies Association (ISA) in 2018.

My dissertation project, "Another Postcolonialism: Innovating Sovereignty from below Through the Responsibility to Protect," recasts the problem of agency in postcolonial theory through debates about sovereignty in the context of R2P. 

At the UMass Political Theory workshop I presented "Canon Formation and Speech-Act Theory: Insights from the Anti-Imperial Recovery of Edmund Burke" (2018).

At Western Political Science Assocation (WPSA) conferences I presented "Foucault and Failure: the Leaded Gasoline-Crime Hypothesis as Non-Positivist Social Science" (2017), "Revolution and the Foreigner: Ernesto Guevara and Anti-Colonialism in the Plural" (2016), and "Towards a Just Terrorism? Just War Theory After Colonialism and the War on Terror" (2015). 

At Midwestern Political Science Association (MPSA) conferences I presented "Ambiguous Inheritance: Edmund Burke and the creation of an anti-colonial canon" (2015), "Going Down to Little Rock: Rethinking Arendt on Education and the Social" (2013), and "Revolution and the Foreigner: Identity, Community, Exclusion" (2012). 

My master's thesis, “Torture's Discourse and the Liberal State in Crisis,” won the Ignacio Martin-Barro human rights essay prize at the University of Chicago in 2011. 

My son Julian was born in June of 2015, and my son Victor was born in June of 2017. While I used to use Thomas Hobbes as a bedtime story, both children are clearly more Rousseauvian.