Associate Professor, International Affairs
PhD in Anthropology, University of California
Stephen J. Collier is Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School. He has conducted research on governmental practices such as economic regulation, social welfare, urban planning, and emergency management in Russia, the Republic of Georgia, and in the United States. His past work on Soviet and post-Soviet Russia sought to rethink how neoliberal reforms take up and transform the institutions of the Soviet social modernity. More recently, drawing on Michel Foucault’s work on political rationality, he has examined neoliberalism more broadly as an attempt to reanimate and modify the principles of classical liberalism in light of the social welfare state. His current work examines the emergence of “vital systems security” in domains such as natural disaster policy, homeland security, and infrastructure protection. He is author of Post-Soviet Social: Neoliberalism, Social Modernity, Biopolitics (Princeton University Press, 2011), and co-editor of Biosecurity Interventions (Columbia University Press, 2008), and Global Assemblages (Blackwell, 2005). He is completing a book on the government of catastrophes in the United States during the 20th century..
Neoliberalism; Governing International Emergencies; Global Flows; Cities, Infrastructure, and Development; Critical Security Studies
BooksPost-Soviet Social: Neoliberalism, Social Modernity, Biopolitics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2011.Biosecurity Interventions: Global Health and Security in Question (edited with Andrew Lakoff). New York: Columbia University Press, 2008.Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems (edited with Aihwa Ong). London: Blackwell, 2005.Articles“Vital Systems Security: Reflexive Biopolitics and the Government of Emergency.” Theory, Culture, and Society.“Neoliberalism and Natural Disaster: Insurance As Political Technology of Catastrophe.” Journal of Cultural Economy.“Neoliberalism as Big Leviathan, or…? A Response to Wacquant and Hilgers” Social Anthropology 20, 2, 2012, pp. 186-195.“Topologies of Power: Foucault’s Study of Political Government beyond ‘Governmentality.’” Theory, Culture, and Society 26, 6, 2009, pp. 1-31.“Enacting Catastrophe: Preparedness, Insurance, Budgetary Rationalization.” Economy and Society 37(2), 2008, pp. 224-250.“Distributed Preparedness: Notes on the Genealogy of ‘Homeland Security.’” (with Andrew Lakoff). Environment and Planning D: Space and Society 26, 2008, pp. 7-28“Vakuutuskelvottomasta riskistä” uusiin turvallisuuden sommitelmiin (Finnish translation of “From ‘Uninsurable Risk” to New Security Assemblages.”) Tiede & edistys 33 (1), 2008.“Notes on the Anthropology of Neoliberalism.” (with Lisa Hoffman and Monca DeHart). Anthropology News 47(6), 9-10. 2006.“Global Assemblages.” In Problematizing Global Knowledge. Special issue of Theory, Culture, and Society 23(2-3), 2006, pp. 399-401.“Beyond the Deficit Model: Welfare in Post-Soviet Georgia” (with Lucan Way). Post Soviet Affairs 20 (July/September), 2004.“Ethics and the Anthropology of Modern Reason” (with Andrew Lakoff). Anthropological Theory 4(4) 2004.“Biosecurity: Proposal for an Anthropology of the Contemporary” (with Andrew Lakoff and Paul Rabinow). Anthropology Today 20(5) October 2004.“Oikos/Anthropos: Technology, Rationality, Infrastructure” (with Aihwa Ong), Current Anthropology, Summer 2003.Chapters“Health, Security, and New Biological Threats: Reconfigurations of Expertise.” With Andrew Lakoff. In Chloe Bird, Peter Conrad, Allan Fremont, and Stefan Timmeman, eds., Handbook of Medical Sociology, 6th edition. Vanderbilt University Press, 2010.“Infrastructure and Event.” With Andrew Lakoff. In Bruce Braun and Sarah Whatmore, eds., The Stuff of Politics: Technoscience, Democracy, and Public Life, University of Minnesota Press, 2009.“The Vulnerability of Vital Systems: How ‘Critical Infrastructure’ Became a Security Problem.” With Andrew Lakoff. In Myriam Dunn and Kristian Soby Kristensen, eds., The Politics of Securing the Homeland: Critical Infrastructure, Risk and Securitisation. Routledge, 2008.“Distributed Preparedness: Security, Space-Making, and Citizenship in the United States” With Andrew Lakoff. In Deborah Cowen and Emily Gilbert, eds. War, Citizenship, and Territory, Routledge, 2007.“Budgets and Bio-politics.” In Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems. Edited with Aihwa Ong. Malden, Mass: Blackwell, 2005.“On Regimes of Living” With Andrew Lakoff. In Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems. Edited with Aihwa Ong. Malden, Mass: Blackwell, 2005.“Pipes.” In Patterned Ground, edited by Steve Pile, Nigel Thrift, et al., Reaktion Press, 2004.Other Writing Working Papers"The Political Ontology of Catastrophe: Inventing the Vulnerable Society, 1953-1958” (2011) International Affairs Working Paper 2011-09, The New School, New York“On Vital Systems Security” (2009)(with Andrew Lakoff) International Affairs Working Paper 2009-1, The New School, New York“What is a Laboratory in the Human Sciences” (2006)(with Andrew Lakoff and Paul Rabinow). Berkeley, California: Anthropology of the Contemporary Research Collaboratory“The Spatial Forms and Social Norms of ‘Actually Existing Neoliberalism’: Toward a Substantive Analytics” (2005) International Affairs Working Paper 2005-04, The New School, New York“Local Welfare Regimes, Fiscal Crisis, and Institutional Change in Post-Socialist Georgia” (2004) National Council for East European and Eurasian Research Working Paper, Washington D.C. Magazine Articles“Introduction: Systemic Risk.” With Andrew Lakoff.“System Vulnerability and the Problem of National Survival.” With Andrew Lakoff. Reviews“Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network Theory” Contemporary Sociology 38(1), 2009. Interviews“Assemblages and the Conduct of Inquiry.” Interview with Simon Curtis and Michele Acuto in Reassembling International Theory: Assemblage Thinking and International Relations (Palgrave, 2013).“Post-Soviet Social” (audio file) Interview with Sean Guillory about Post-Soviet Social at the New Books Network site on New Books on Russia and Eurasia, June 20, 2012.“Foucault, Assemblages, Topology” Interview with Simon Dawes at the Theory, Culture, and Society blog, March 23, 2011.
Post-socialism, neoliberalism, infrastructure, social welfare, and contemporary security.
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