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Siddhant Issar

Professional Title: 

Ph.D. Candidate



B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., The Graduate Center, CUNY


I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (expected completion: May 2021). From Fall 2017 to Fall 2018, I was a visiting scholar in the department of philosophy at St. Louis University.

My research and teaching focus on the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, theories of racial capitalism, modern and contemporary political theory, and racial politics in the United States.

I am currently working on my dissertation, Thinking with Black Lives Matter: Towards a Critical Theory of Racial Capitalism.

Recent peer-reviewed articles include:

Issar, S. (2021). “Theorizing ‘Racial/Colonial Primitive Accumulation’: Settler Colonialism, Slavery, and Racial Capitalism.” Race & Class. (Online First)

Issar, S. (2021). “Listening to Black Lives Matter: Racial Capitalism and the Critique of Neoliberalism.” Contemporary Political Theory, 20(1), 48-71. (Online First: April 2020)

More information about my research, teaching, and publications can be found on my website or page



  • Political Science