Kennan Ferguson is C21 Director, starting with the 2015-16 academic year. He is an associate professor of political science at UWM.
As a political theorist, Kennan is known for his work on the politics of everyday life, focusing primarily on the political effects and practices of aesthetics, judgment, sensation, and family life. His books include All in the Family: On Community and Incommensurability (2013), William James: Politics in the Pluriverse (2007), and The Politics of Judgment: Aesthetics, Identity, and Political Theory (1999). He is coeditor of the seventeen-volume Roman & Littlefield series Modernity and Political Thought and of the eight-volume Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought.
With Patrice Petro, he co-organized UWM’s Center for International Education’s 2014 conference, After Capitalism, which is resulting in a forthcoming collection from Rutgers University Press. Many will remember his talk at C21’s 2010 conference on Debt, and the subsequent publication of his essay, “Debt’s Moral,” in our book Debt: Ethics, the Environment, and the Economy (2013).
His current research concerns the academic status of Native American political thought, which saw him travelling across the United States interviewing Native American academics, tribal leaders, activists, and curators. He is also a faculty mentor and co-PI with Richard Grusin in the IGHERT (Integrative Graduate Humanities Education and Research Training) program, a Mellon-funded grant awarded to C21 (along with humanities centers at UC-Santa Cruz, Australia National University, and the University of Giessen), which brings an interdisciplinary, problem-based approach to graduate training.
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