Chad Lavin

Chad Lavin.

Chad Lavin

Chad Lavin


Modern and contemporary political theory, food politics, cultural theory, American thought

Selected Publications

Eating Anxiety book cover.
The Politics of Responsibility book cover.


  • 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).