Morris Davis Distinguished Professor
Media Studies & Cultural Studies
I am from New York, where I attended Stuyvesant High School. I majored in Philosophy and Intellectual History (my advisor was Hayden White) at the University of Rochester. I studied with Stuart Hall at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham England, and then completed my PhD with James Carey at the Unviersity of Illinois. After teaching at Purdue for a year, and Illinois for over twenty, I was hired at UNC- Chapel Hill in 1994 to become the Morris Davis Distinguished Professor, and to help develop cultural studies in the department and as an interdisciplinary program. I have advised well over 50 doctoral students. And I am most proud of the awards I have won not only for my scholarship but for teaching and mentoring, from ICA, NCA, ACS and UNC. I have written about the specificity of cultural studies, developments in contemporary theory, U.S. popular music, youth culture and politics, the changing conditions of children in the U.S., the rise of new forms of conservatism and capitalism, countercultures, value theory, modernity, the state of progressive oppositional struggles in the US and the rise of populist conservatisms. And here I am!
Cultural studies, U.S. Political culture (conjunctures analyses), “Theory” (the history of philosophy, contemporary cultural theory). I am currently working on a critique of the ontological turn (Reality is bad enough, why bother with ontology), and an introduction to Theory (The relations of theory).
-Under the cover of chaos: Trump and the Battle for the American Right (Pluto, 2018)
-Stuart Hall, Cultural Studies (1983), ed. Jennifer Daryl Slack and Lawrence Grossberg. Durham: Duke University Press, 2017.
-We all want to change the world: The paradox of the U.S. left (A Polemic). 2015. Available online.
-“Tilting at Windmills: A Cynical Assemblage of the Crises of Knowledge.” Cultural Studies, 2018.
-“Wrestling with the Angels: Cultural Studies in Dark Times (Cultural studies and Deleuze-Guattari, part 3). In Cultural Studies Beyond Identity. Eds. Eric Maigret and Martin Laurent. Presses Universitaires de Lyon, forthcoming.
-with Bryan Behrenshausen, “Cultural studies and Deleuze-Guattari, Part 2: From affect to conjunctures.” Cultural Studies, 30:6 (2016): 1001-1028.
-“Cultural Studies and Deleuze-Guattari, Part 1: A Polemic on Project and Possibilities.” Cultural Studies 28-1 (2014): 1-28.
-“Learning from Stuart Hall.” Cultural Studies 29-1 (2015): 3-11.
-with Carey Hardin and Michael Palm, “Contributions to a Conjunctural Theory of Value.” Rethinking Marxism, 26-3 (2014): 306-335.