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Alyssa Adamson

Lecturer in Philosophy

Alyssa Adamson’s research centers around Enlightenment political philosophy from Descartes to Hegel and critical responses to the contradictions of modern political philosophy as they have been articulated by feminist, socialist, anti-colonial, and critical race theorists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. To investigate the implications of political philosophy, they also research movements, political organizations, and scholar-activists who have worked to translate their philosophical principles into concrete political action.

 They received their PhD in philosophy from Stony Brook University in 2018 with a dissertation titled “Queer Spirit: From Marxist-Hegelian Humanism to Decolonial Politics,” exploring the philosophical foundations of modern nation state, particularly as theorized by G. W. F. Hegel and Karl Marx and the contradictions of modern political economy with respect to gender, race, and the history of colonialism. Dr. Adamson’s current research is on the political and economic writings of C. L. R. James, Rosa Luxemburg, and Sylvia Wynter.