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Justin Thomas Gilmore
  • Title
    • Graduate Student
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History of Consciousness Department
  • Affiliations Politics Department
  • Phone
    831-459-2757
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 315
  • Mail Stop History Of Consciousness

Research Interests

My research project focuses on how today’s emergent right-wing politics has been generated by a crisis that is unfolding within contemporary liberalism. My research looks to understand the genealogical origins of this crisis, and how radical rightward forms have been nourished from within "neoliberal" capitalism. My dissertation argues that this specific crisis of ideology has produced a new structure of feeling that is characterized by an aestheticized and performed indifference to pain and suffering. My dissertation theorizes how an affective structure organized around indifference has helped to produce new rightward subjectivities, for example incels, and novel hyper-vitalist political groups, like the Atomwaffen Division.

Biography, Education and Training

  • Currently ABD
  • MA, Political Science (Concentration in Political Theory), San Francisco State University
  • BA, Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz
  • BA, Politics, UC Santa Cruz

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Institute of Humanities Research Summer Research Fellow, 2017, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, 2014, 2015, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Matthew Stolz Political Science Fellowship, 2013, San Francisco State University
  • Graduate Equity Fellowship, 2013 & 2012, San Francisco State University

Teaching Interests

  • Early Modern/Modern Political Philosophy
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy 
  • American Politics
  • Neo-Fascism & the Radical Right
  • American Capitalism