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Siddhant Issar

Professional Title: 

Graduate Student


Thompson 518


Office Hours: 

By appointment.


B.A., Philosophy, Wesleyan University (2012); M.A., Social and Political Theory & Approaches to Modernity, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2015)


My research interests can be categorized under the broad banner of social and political theory, and Continental philosophy. My interests range from the first generation of the Frankfurt School, particularly Walter Benjamin's thought, to "foundational" thinkers such as Spinoza and Marx. In a closely related sense, I am also interested in critiques of modernity, and of "liberalism," from the perspectives of decolonial and postcolonial theory, postcolonial feminisms, critical race theory, and queer theories.

Echoing Marx, I firmly believe in a "ruthless criticism of all that exists, ruthless both in the sense of not being afraid of the results it arrives at and in the sense of being just as little afraid of conflict with the powers that be."


  • Political Science