Ph.D. in Government, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, January 2008
Master of Arts in Government, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, January 2004
Master of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, July 2001
Bachelor of Arts, Business Management, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, July 1997
Banu Bargu’s main area of specialization is political theory,
especially modern and contemporary political thought, with a thematic focus on
theories of sovereignty, resistance, and biopolitics. Her research interests
are situated at the intersection of philosophy, politics, and anthropology,
with a regional focus on the Middle East (especially Turkish politics). In her
research and teaching, she draws upon the traditions of continental and
critical theory as well as the history of Western political thought, with a
keen interest in interrogating these traditions from the perspective of current
political issues and practices. Her work engages with thinkers such as
Machiavelli, Marx, Stirner, Schmitt, Foucault, and Althusser around the themes
of violence, the body, sacrifice, martyrdom, and aesthetics. It also attempts
to weave together political theory with political ethnography and explores
transdisciplinary and hybrid forms of research. Bargu is currently working on a
book-length manuscript on Althusser’s political thought and his rethinking of
the materialist tradition, especially in light of the posthumous publication of
Althusser’s work on the aleatory.Courses Taught:
Graduate: Machiavelli, The Natural, The Historical, The
Political (Field Seminar in Political Theory), The Question of the Subject
(Field Seminar in Political Theory), The Theological and the Political (Field
Seminar in Political Theory), Sovereignty and Its Critics, Politics of
Violence, Biopolitics, The Idea of Revolution (co-taught with Eli Zaretsky).
Undergraduate: Political Theory in Film, Machiavelli, Equality,
Theories of Hegemony, Resistance, Politics of Violence, Currents in Marxism,
Starve & Immolate: The
Politics of Human Weapons
(New York: Columbia University Press, 2014), 512 pages. Series: New Directions
in Critical Theory.
Unbound: Sovereignty and Sacrifice in
Hunger and the Dialectic of
Enlightenment,” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 19, no. 4
“The Predicaments of Left-Schmittianism,” South Atlantic Quarterly 113, no. 4 (forthcoming)
as Erasure: Rethinking Enforced Disappearances,” Qui Parle 23, no. 1 (Fall/Winter 2014): 35-75.
“Human Shields,” Contemporary
Political Theory 12, no. 4 (November 2013): 277-95. Advance online
publication March 19, 2013.
Theater of Politics: Althusser’s Aleatory Materialism and Aesthetics,” diacritics 40, no. 3 (2012): 86-111. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/diacritics/toc/dia.40.3.html.
“Unleashing the Acheron: Sacrificial Partisanship, Sovereignty, and History,” Theory & Event 13:1 (Spring 2010). http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/tae/v013/13.1.bargu.html.
“Machiavelli after Althusser,” in Thinking in Extremes: Machiavellian Studies,
Vol. 1, edited by Filippo del Lucchese, Fabio Frosini, and Vittorio Morfino (Brill Academic Publishers,
in The Cambridge Foucault Lexicon,
ed. Leonard Lawlor and John Nale (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014),
of Commensality,” in The Anarchist Turn,
edited by Jacob Blumenfeld, Chiara Bottici, and Simon Critchley (London: Pluto
Press, 2013), 35-58.
Political Theology and the Figure of the Sacrificial Enemy,” in After Secular Law, edited by Winnifred Sullivan, Robert Yelle and Mateo Taussig-Rubbo
(Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011), 140-159.
Stirner, Postanarchy avant la lettre,”
in “How Not to Be Governed”: Readings and
Interpretations from a Critical Anarchist Left, edited by Jimmy Casas
Klausen & James Martel (Lanham: Lexington Press, 2011), 103-122.
“Spectacles of Death: Dignity, Dissent, and
Sacrifice in Turkey’s Prisons,” in Policing
and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion, edited by Laleh
Khalili and Jillian Schwedler (London: Hurst & Company; New York: Columbia
University Press, 2010), 241-261.
Weaponization of Life: Review essay of Talal Asad’s On Suicide Bombing (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007) and
Diego Gambetta, ed. Making Sense of
Suicide Missions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005),” Constellations 16:4 (2009), 634-43.
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Tuesdays, 4-6pmPhone Number/Extension:
(212) 229-5747 x 3381Email:firstname.lastname@example.orgResearch Interests:
• Modern and Contemporary Political Theory Professional Affiliations:
• Critical Theory and Left Thought
• Theories of Sovereignty, Resistance, Biopolitics
• Prisons, Political Prisoners, and Human Rights
• Middle East Politics, Turkish Politics
American Political Science AssociationAwards and Honors:
Western Political Science Association
Association for Political Theory
Middle East Studies Association
• Janice N. and Milton J. Esman Graduate Prize for Distinguished Scholarship (Best Dissertation Award), Government Department, Cornell University, May 2007CV (pdf):bargu_cv_2014.pdf
• Mellon Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cornell University, 2006-2007
• Luigi Einaudi Fellowship, Institute for European Studies, Cornell University, 2004-2005
• John M. and Emily B. Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching, Office of the Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Cornell University, 2002-2003
• Sage Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cornell University, 2000-2001