Chad Lavin

Chad Lavin .

Associate Professor
Office:  320 Clemens
Phone number:  (716) 645-0685
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Modern and contemporary political theory, food politics, cultural theory, American thought.

Selected Publications

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  • Eating Anxiety: The Perils of Food Politics (University of Minnesota Press, 2013)
  • The Politics of Responsibility (University of Illinois Press, 2008)

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Escaping the Spatial Imaginary, or, Politics as an Occupation,” New Political Science 39.4 (2017)
  • “From Tipping Points to Meta-Crises: Management, Media, and Hurricane Katrina,” with Chris Russill.  In The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalist Culture and the Remaking of New Orleans, ed. Cedric Johnson (U. of Minnesota Press, 2011).
  • “David Simon’s Economy of Risk,” Contemporary Political Theory 10.3 (2011).
  •  “The Ideology of the Epidemic,” with Chris Russill, New Political Science 32.1 (2010).
  •   “The Year of Eating Politically,” Theory & Event 12.2 (2009)
  •   “Factory Farms in a Consumer Society,” American Studies 50.1/2 (2009).
  •   “Fear, Radical Democracy, and Theoretical Methadone,” Polity 38.2 (2006).
  •    “Postliberal Agency in Marx’s Brumaire,” Rethinking Marxism 17.3 (2005).