George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD
Office: 3021-E MacAlister
Phone: (215) 895-1017
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- BA, Government and Economics, St. Lawrence University, 2001
- BA, Honors/MA Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge University, 2003
- MA, Political Science, University of California at Berkeley, 2004
- PhD, Political Science, University of California at Berkeley, 2010
I am very excited to have joined the Drexel community after having taught political theory at U.C. Berkeley, San Quentin State Prison, and the Venezuelan School of Planning in Caracas. Everywhere that I have lived, from Caracas to Oakland, has impacted my approach to teaching, research, and how I understand the world more generally, and I expect Drexel and Philadelphia to do the same.
My research and teaching center on what could be called the “decolonial turn” in political thought, the moment of epistemic and political interrogation that emerges in response to colonialism and global social inequality. My first book, We Created Chávez, is a theoretically rich “people’s history” of contemporary Venezuela which locates the origins of current political dynamics in the long-term history of Venezuelan social movements, demonstrating that Hugo Chávez was not the cause, but rather the result, of a broader and more fundamental transformative process.
My second book project, Decolonizing Dialectics, seeks to contribute in a theoretical register to what my first book analyzes practically. In it, I plumb the history of political thought for a radicalized understanding of the relationship between conflict and group identity (in the work of Georges Sorel), further charting the decolonization of this very conception and its projection onto a global framework (in the work of Frantz Fanon and Enrique Dussel).
I teach a range of courses from the history of political thought to what is called “comparative political theory,” which poses a direct conversation and even conflict between standard, canonical, and largely European texts and those texts emerging from colonized spaces as direct critique of both traditional views and even the very existence of the canon itself. Further, in an innovative course entitled “Political Theory from Below,” I bring together Latin American political theory and political theory of the African Diaspora (including within the United States) with the practical activity of organic intellectuals and social movements. This approach is one that encourages students to leave behind the realm of pure theory and enter instead into rich conversation with the empirical and everyday world.
This dedication to real-world politics means that I frequently contribute journalistic writing to such publications as Counterpunch, MRZine, and Venezuela Analysis, ZNet, and Alternet among others, and I have written op-eds for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Fox News Latino. I appear regularly in media outlets ranging from community radio to NPR, from Al-Jazeera, CNN, Time Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, and Fox News. My dedication to taking non-Western theory seriously leads me to take seriously my task as a translator, and I have translated dozens of texts by Enrique Dussel and others.
- We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013).
- "Decolonial Realism: Ethics, Politics, and Dialectics in Fanon and Dussel,” Contemporary Political Theory (2013).
- "Frantz Fanon, Fifty Years On: A Memorial Roundtable,” editor and contributor, with Lewis R. Gordon and Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Radical Philosophy Review 16, n. 1 (Spring 2013).
- “Counterinsurgency and the Occupy Movement,” in K. Williams et al, eds., Life During Wartime (Oakland: AK Press, 2013).
- "Constituent Moments, Constitutional Processes: Social Movements and the New Latin American Left,” Latin American Perspectives 40, n. 3 (May 2013), 126-145.
- “The Dialectics of Standing One’s Ground,” Theory & Event 15, n. 3 (2012).
- “From Oscar Grant to Occupy: The Long Arc of Rebellion in Oakland,” in K. Khatib, M. Killjoy, M. McGuire, eds., We are Many: Critical Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation (Oakland: AK Press, 2012), 39-45.
- Participant in “The Bolivarian Process in Venezuela: A Left Forum,” ed. S. Spronk and J. Webber, Historical Materialism 19, n. 1 (2011), 233-270.
- George Ciccariello-Maher, "An Anarchism that is Not Anarchism: Notes Toward a Critique of Anarchist Imperialism," in J. Klausen and J. Martel, eds., How Not to Be Governed (Lexington Books, 2010).
- "Obama and Global Change in Perceptions of Group Status" with Matthew W. Hughey, in G. Parks and M. Hughey, eds., The Obamas and a (Post) Racial America? (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).
- "Jumpstarting the Decolonial Engine: Symbolic Violence from Fanon to Chávez", Theory & Event 13, n. 1 (2010).
- "Critique of Du Boisian Reason: Kanye West and the Fruitfulness of Double-Consciousness", Journal of Black Studies 39, n. 3 (January 2009), 371-401.
- "Dussel’s 20 Theses and Anti-Hegemonic Praxis", Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture (Winter 2008), 37-49.
- "European Intellectuals and the Colonial Difference: Césaire and Fanon beyond Sartre and Foucault", in J. Judaken, ed., Race After Sartre (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2008), 129-154.
- "To Lose Oneself in the Absolute: Revolutionary Subjectivity in Sorel and Fanon", Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge (Summer 2007), 101-112.
- "Dual Power in the Venezuelan Revolution", Monthly Review 59, n. 4 (September 2007), 42-56.
- "Toward a Racial Geography of Caracas: Neoliberal Urbanism and the Fear of Penetration", Qui Parle 16, n. 2 (Spring/Summer 2007), 39-72.
- "The Internal Limits of the European Gaze: Intellectuals and the Colonial Difference", Radical Philosophy Review 9, n.2 (Fall 2006), 139-165.
- "Brechtian Hip-Hop: Didactics and Self-Production in Post-Gangsta Political Mixtapes", Journal of Black Studies 36, n.1 (September 2005), 129-160.