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Siddhant Issar

Professional Title: 

Ph.D. Candidate


Machmer W-33D



B.A., Philosophy, Wesleyan University (2012); M.A., Social and Political Theory & Approaches to Modernity, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2015)


My research interests can be categorized under the broad banner of critical social & political theory. More specifically, I am interested in the ways social movements and political thinkers have appropriated, adapted, or broken with Hegelian-Marxist thought in their struggle against various forms of oppression. In this vein, I am interested in Critical Theory, especially the first generation of the Frankfurt School, Black radical thought (including Afro-pessimism), decolonial and postcolonial theory, feminist theory, and queer theory.

Currently, my research examines the theoretical underpinnings of the Movement for Black Lives's analysis of capitalism, particularly their use of "racial capitalism," and contrasts this approach with neo-Marxist and neo-Foucaultian/post-structuralist analyses of capitalism.

I am presently a visiting scholar in the department of philosophy at St. Louis University (Fall 2017-Fall 2018).



  • Political Science