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Adam Dahl

Professional Title: 

Assistant Professor of Political Science


Thompson 536


Office Hours: 

Tuesday 1:00-3:00 & by appointment


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2014


Adam Dahl’s research and teaching interests are in American political thought, democratic theory, the politics of race and indigeneity, and political theories of empire and colonialism.  His first book, Empire of the People: Settler Colonialism and the Foundations of Modern Democratic Thought (University Press of Kansas, 2018), examines the constitutive role of settler colonialism in shaping modern norms of democratic legitimacy.  His current project, tentatively titled Transnational Democracy in the Americas, explores the interconnected dynamics of internationalism, anti-imperialism, and transnational citizenship in the American democratic tradition, focusing on the political thought of Ottobah Cugoano, David Walker, Frederick Douglass, Randolph Bourne, WEB Du Bois, CLR James, and Herman Melville.  His research has appeared or is forthcoming in journals like Polity, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Politics, and Political Research Quarterly, among others, and has received financial support from the Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies.  Before coming to UMass, he taught at the University of Minnesota and the University of the South.

Area of Study: 

  • Political theory

Curriculum Vitae: 

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  • Political Science