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Peter Bratsis
Position: Associate Professor of Political Science
Campus Affiliation: Borough of Manhattan Community College
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD, City University of New York
Research Interests: Marxism; Theories of the State; Political Corruption; Imperialism; Nationalism; Libidinal Dimension of Politics; Greek Politics; Everyday Life; Democratic Theory; Right-wing Populism; Animality and Alienation

Concentrations taught in MALS: International Studies

Courses Taught in MALS:

MALS 71500: Critical Issues in International Studies

Selected Publications:

Everyday Life and the State, Routledge (2006)

Paradigm Lost: State Theory Reconsidered (edited with Stanley Aronowitz), University of Minnesota Press (2002)

“The Greek Crisis as Concrete Universal: On the Impossibility of Reform and the Impasse of Subjectivity,” Situations, Vol. 6 #1-2 (2016)

“Political Corruption in the Age of Transnational Capitalism: From the Relative Autonomy of the State to the White Man’s Burden,” Historical Materialism, Vol. 22 #1 (2014)

“Legitimation Crisis and the Greek Explosion,” International Journal for Urban and Regional Research, Vol. 34 #1 (2010)

“The Construction of Corruption; or, Rules of Separation and Illusions of Purity in Bourgeois Societies,” Social Text, #77 (2003).

About Professor Bratsis

My research mainly concerns the categories and ideas that our political world is based upon and how these ideas are created and reproduced. This has included studies on the production of the state, the categories of the public and private, the ways that nationalized individuals are created, and the perception of the clean and dirty in political life. Current projects include the book An Anatomy of Corruption: Nationalist Desire and Imperialist Ideology in the Age of Globalization and an examination of the political significance of the shift away from the argument that thought, cogito, is that which marks the separation between the human and the animal to the increasingly popular focus on pain, sentience, as the key category in thinking about the human and animal.