Matthew Cole

As a political theorist, my research has examined both the history of political thought and contemporary political theory. My current book project is an interdisciplinary study that argues for the centrality of dystopian images, themes, and anxieties in twentieth century political thought. The manuscript explains the origins of the dystopian imagination and examines the role of technological and totalitarian dystopias in social criticism and social theory from the late nineteenth century to today. I have also done work on theories of human rights (particularly the concept of genocide), and on Jürgen Habermas' contributions to critical theory and democratic theory. I am currently teaching expository writing in the Harvard College Writing Program, and have previously taught courses in political science and ethics at Duke.
Political Theory