Bach, Jonathan


Jonathan Bach
PhD, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Syracuse University
Associate Professor and Chair, Global Studies Program

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Areas of Expertise:
International relations theory, globalization, German politics and culture, Special Economic Zones, migration and remittances, material culture, nostalgia, memory and politics, security studies
Jonathan Bach is Chair of the interdisciplinary Global Studies undergraduate program and Associate Professor of International Affairs at The New School in New York. His work explores the intersection of culture and politics, with a focus on how micro-level practices reformulate received notions of sovereignty, space, and identity. Current research concerns the material legacies of socialism in Germany, urban appropriations of space and identity in Shenzhen, China, and neoliberal geographies of globalization, particularly the proliferation of economic zones. He has also written on information technology and organizational change, labor migration and citizenship, and political theory. His articles have appeared in Cultural Anthropology, Theory, Culture & Society, Cultural Politics, Public Culture, Studies in Comparative and International Development, and Geopolitics, among others, and he is the author of Between Sovereignty and Integration: German Foreign Policy and National Identity after 1989. Bach received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University and has held post-doctoral fellowships at Columbia University (ISERP) and Harvard University (Center for European Studies), where he was also a faculty affiliate 2010-2012, and visiting positions at Brown University’s Watson Institute, Columbia University, the Center for Literary and Cultural Studies in Berlin and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Studies at the University of Hamburg. He was previously the Associate Director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School. Bach is a faculty affiliate at Columbia University’s Center on Organizational Innovation and the New School’s Department of Anthropology.
Courses Taught:
  • Global Flows
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Spaces of Exception
  • Confronting Conflict
  • Theories of Global Politics
Recent Publications:
“The Politics of Security After 9/11” (in the German journal Sicherheit und Frieden)“Memory Landscapes and the Labor of the Negative in Berlin.” International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, vol. 26, no. 1, March 2013.

“Shenzhen: Constructing the City, Reconstructing Subjects.” Open Democracy, Special feature on Cities in Conflict, Online, March 2013.

“Is it Over? Unease and Intimacy in Japan after the 2011 Earthquake.” Architectural Worlds, Special Issue on Catastrophic Vulnerability, vol. 27, no. 6, December, 2012. [In Chinese]

“Modernity and the Urban Imagination in Economic Zones.” Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 28, no. 5, September 2011.

“Shenzhen: City of Suspended Possibility” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol. 35, no. 2, March 2011.

“Peasants into Citizens: Urban Villages in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone.” Cultural Anthropology, vol. 25, no. 3, August 2010.

“Power, Secrecy, Paranoia: Technologies of Governance and the Structure of Rule.” Cultural Politics vol. 6, no. 3, November 2010.

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