Decolonial Thinking & Postcolonial Studies

Much of the work in our department is animated by the problem of thinking about, through, and beyond the colonial. We focus particularly on Europe, Africa, and the Americas – including histories of U.S. empire – and bring together critical theory, literary and cultural studies, political philosophy, linguistics, history and anthropology. We are committed to engaging with diverse historical periods – from the Renaissance and Enlightenment to contemporary political and cultural movements – and to bridging national and linguistic boundaries in the process. Our faculty have played critical roles in defining the debates and terrain of Decolonial Thinking and Postcolonial Studies, and welcome graduate students interested in pursuing a range of projects in this area.