Final Frontier: Heritage Villages, Collective Memory, and Urban Futures

French sociologist Bruno Latour has talked about the incredible career that the term “design” has had: “From a surface feature in the hands of a not-so-serious-profession that added features in the purview of much-more-serious professionals (engineers, scientists, accountants), design has been spreading continuously so that it increasingly matters to the very substance of production. What […]

Social Service or Social Change?

Reprinted with permission from The Revolution Will Not be Funded (edited by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. Boston: South End Press, 2009). Can we provide social service and work for social change, or do our efforts to provide human services maintain or even strengthen social inequality? I first began thinking about this issue when […]


Neoliberalism seems to mean many different things depending on one’s vantage point. — Aihwa Ong[1] Only an interconnected, analytically diverse, cross-fertilizing and expansive left can seize this moment to lead us elsewhere.” — Lisa Duggan[2] The interrelated social processes that have come to cluster under the term “neoliberalism” can provide important insights into the social […]

Paradoxes of Neoliberalism

Paradoxes of Neoliberalism is a video by the Barnard Center for Research on Women, featuring interviews with Sealing Cheng, Lisa Duggan, Dean Spade, Elizabeth Bernstein, Miranda Joseph, Sandra K. Soto, Teresa Gowan, and Kate Bedford. As Professor Cheng describes in the video’s opening sequence, the economics and politics of neoliberalism are riddled with paradoxes and […]

What is Neoliberalism?

What is Neoliberalism? is a video by the Barnard Center for Research on Women, featuring interviews with Lisa Duggan, Miranda Joseph, Sealing Cheng, Elizabeth Bernstein, Dean Spade, Sandra K. Soto, Teresa Gowan, and Ana Amuchástegui. In the video, contributors describe the various meanings that have been attributed to the term “neoliberalism,” the neoliberal economic policies […]

Killing Time (Slow Catastrophe)

At the crossroads of Louisiana’s Highway 1 and a $480 LEICA D-LUX 3 digital camera, at the intersection of disaster tourism and the blind field that animates branded images of catastrophe, signs of the times appear.   Today, the anticipation of disaster operates politically to govern time itself—repeatedly activating imagined futures in the present moment […]

Getting the Hang of It

In the opening scene of Iquo Essien’s short film, The People vs. Aissatou Ba, we look in on a dimly lit, nondescript room of the type one imagines police interrogations take place in. There, seated at a small table, we see a slim, fair-skinned African woman who is being coached for an important upcoming interview. […]

Left Queer

In my forthcoming book, Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence, I describe how the fight against violence and for safety has propelled a wide mix of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activist and community-based campaigns in the US over the past fifty years.[1] I contend that an analysis of these […]

Pulled Apart, Pushed Together: Notes on Neoliberalism, Transnationalism, and Justice

On January 1, 1994, the EZLN came out of the mountains above Chiapas, in Southern Mexico, in protest of the official start of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the historical violence, theft, and impoverishment that preceded it. Though ultimately defeated in their armed insurrection against the Mexican state, the Zapatistas inspired a generation […]

Halls, Balls, and Volunteers: The Feminist Political Economy of Gambling Regulation

I am currently engaged in a research project on the political economy and socio-legal regulation of bingo (in the U.K., Canada, Brazil, Europe, and online). I am interested in particular in trying to think about the feminist political economy of gambling liberalization: bingo is my preferred route in to this topic. Using this research I […]