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    Stephen J. Collier

    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..

    Courses Taught

    Neoliberalism; Governing International Emergencies; Global Flows; Cities, Infrastructure, and Development; Critical Security Studies

    Research Interests

    Post-socialism, neoliberalism, infrastructure, social welfare, and contemporary security.