Wendy Brown

Wendy Brown

Class of 1936 First Chair Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

October 30, 2018 — 4:10 PM
Alumni House, Toll Room — UC Berkeley Campus

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About the Lecture What is the role of neoliberal reason in generating and legitimating anti-democratic forces today?  This lecture pursues this question by revisiting classic neoliberal thought and policy—its aim of replacing state-enforced justice with traditional moral values, not only … Continued

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About the Lecture

What is the role of neoliberal reason in generating and legitimating anti-democratic forces today?  This lecture pursues this question by revisiting classic neoliberal thought and policy—its aim of replacing state-enforced justice with traditional moral values, not only deregulated markets.  It examines the work of Frederick Hayek and two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions through this frame.

About Wendy Brown

Wendy Brown is Professor of Political Science, with affiliations in Rhetoric and the interdisciplinary graduate program in Critical Theory. She is a political theorist who draws from the history of Western political thought, political economy, and Continental thought to illuminate contemporary formations and predicaments of power, freedom, citizenship and democracy.  Walled States, Waning Sovereignty (2010), winner of the Easton Prize, analyzed post-1989 nation-state walling in the context of globalization’s erosion of state sovereignty.  Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution (2015), winner of the Spitz Prize, examined the corrosive effects of neoliberalism on democratic institutions and imaginaries.  Neoliberalism’s Frankenstein (forthcoming, 2019) theorizes the hard-right turn in the current political conjuncture.

Professor Brown is a 2017-18 Guggenheim Fellow and past recipient of Rockefeller, ACLS and Institute for Advanced Study fellowships. A dedicated teacher of graduate and undergraduate students, she received UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016.  Her work is translated into more than twenty languages.