Selected Faculty Achievements, 2015

The Faculty of the New School for Social Research are actively publishing books and scholarly articles. Below are some highlights of faculty-published research and research-related awards they have received this year.


fraser_bookNancy Fraser, Henry Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Liège, Belgium for her work and commitment to society.

Fraser received her Ph.D. in philosophy from City University of New York in 1980. She specializes in the areas of social and political theory, feminist theory, 19th and 20th century European thought, and philosophy of social science. Fraser has received five honorary doctorates since 2006. Fraser has published fourteen books, and over 80 scholarly articles, book chapters, and essays. In 2013, Fraser published the book Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis (Verso Books). Her scholarship is the subject of several edited volumes, from the 2007 book, (Mis)recognition, Social Inequality and Social Justice: Nancy Fraser and Pierre Bourdieu (Routledge) to the forthcoming Justice, Criticism, and Politics in the 21st Century (UNSAM, Argentina).

Read Fraser’s 2014 article, Behind Marx’s Hidden Abode, in the New Left Review.

Bargu_StarveandImmolateBanu Bargu, Associate Professor of Politics, received the 2015 First Book Award from the Foundations of Political Theory Section of the American Political Science Association this September. The book, Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons, was published by Columbia University Press in 2014. From the publisher:

Starve and Immolate tells the story of leftist political prisoners in Turkey who waged a deadly struggle against the introduction of high security prisons by forging their lives into weapons. Weaving together contemporary and critical political theory with political ethnography, Banu Bargu analyzes the death fast struggle as an exemplary though not exceptional instance of self-destructive practices that are a consequence of, retort to, and refusal of the increasingly biopolitical forms of sovereign power deployed around the globe.

Banu Bargu received her PhD from Cornell University in 2008. Her main area of specialization is political theory, especially modern and contemporary political thought, with a thematic focus on theories of sovereignty, resistance, and biopolitics. Her research is situated at the intersection of philosophy, politics, history, and political anthropology, with a regional focus on the Middle East, especially Turkish politics. Bargu’s work draws upon the traditions of continental and critical theory as well as the history of Western political thought, with a keen interest in interrogating these traditions from the perspective of salient political issues and current resistance practices. Since publishing the book Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons, Bargu is currently working on a book-length manuscript on rethinking the materialist tradition, especially in light of the posthumous publication of Louis Althusser’s work on the aleatory.

Read her most recent articles on self-destructive protest (Angelaki: Journal of the Humanities, 2014) and enforced disappearances (Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences, 2014).

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Willi Semmler Appointed to Evaluation Committee at International Research Institute

Willi Semmler, Henry Arnhold Professor of Economics, has been appointed to the evaluation team at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria. He joins several other representatives on an international committee to review research programs related to advanced systems analysis; water; and, risk, policy, and vulnerability.

The IASA is considered an important large-scale research institute conducting academic research for several purposes, including reaching the United Nations’ stated Sustainable Development goals. The institution supports research on issues of global impact, and its mission, described in its current strategic plan, is “to provide insights and guidance to policymakers worldwide by finding solutions to global and universal problems through applied systems analysis in order to improve human and social wellbeing and to protect the environment.”

Bio | Semmler is Henry Arnhold Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research. He received his PhD from the Free University of Berlin. His research and teaching interests are: Empirical Macroeconomics, Macroeconomics of the US and EU, Financial Markets, Economics of Climate Change, Business Cycles, and Macro Dynamics. Semmler recently co-authored The Oxford Handbook of the Macroeconomics of Global Warming (Oxford University Press, 2015). Other publications include Reconstructing Keynesian Macroeconomics, Volume 2: Integrated Approaches (Routledge, 2012) and Asset Prices, Booms and Recessions: Financial Economics from a Dynamic Perspective (Springer Publishing, 2011).

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