Matthew Baxter

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Advisors: 
Wendy Brown (chair), Pradeep Chhibber, Lawrence Cohen, George Hart
Subfields: 
Political Theory
Comparative Politics
South Asia
Academic Subfields: 
Political Theory & Philosophy
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I completed my Ph.D. in 2013 with a dissertation titled For SubContinental Political Theory: On the Non-Brahmin Self-Respect Critique of Gandhian Self-Rule.  I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College in 1999 with a double major in Philosophy and Law & Society and a minor in Religion.  From 2000–2002, I lived, taught, and studied as a Shansi Fellow in Tamil Nadu, India.  My Master’s essay (2004) discussed “the operation in the world of something like a comparative political theory,” while my first presentation, “The Ins and Outs of Political Theory: On Comparing Tamil and Greek Sources” (2005), and my first publication, “The Silence of the South and the Absence of Political Philosophy” (2005), were early efforts to imagine the relationship between Tamil in the world and the world in Tamil as political theory.  My research was made possible through generous support, including multiple Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships (2003–2006) that allowed me to study Tamil and Hindi-Urdu, an American Institute for Indian Studies fellowship (2006–2007) where I began translating materials associated with the Non-Brahmin Cuya-Mariyātai Iyakkam (Self-Respect Movement), and a Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship (2009) to conduct archival research in India for a project then titled “Periyar, Ambedkar, and Gandhi: A Study in Comparative Political Theory.”  From 2012-2014, I served as the Associate Editor for South Asia at the bimonthly journal Asian Survey.  I am currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. 

Presentations

"Home Life vs. Home Rule: The Embrace of the Secular in Non-Brahmin Political Theory" (by invitation), South Asian Studies Program, Rutgers University, 24 October 2014. 

“Self-Rule vs. Self-Respect: Gandhi, Non-Brahmins, and the Limits of Mariyātai in 1927,” Western Political Science Association Conference, Seattle, 17-19 April 2014.

“The Jewish Gandhi Question” (by invitation), inaugural panel of the exhibit Global India: Kerala, Israel, Berkeley, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 21 November 2013.

"The Pariah as Jew: The Hidden Tradition of Subcontinental Political Theory” (by invitation), Theory’s Landscapes: Movements, Memories, and Moments (a conference on comparative political theory), University of Wisconsin, Madison, 10 May 2013.

“The Role of the Jew in the Non-Brahmin Political Theory of Self-Respect,” Seventh Tamil Chair Conference, University of California, Berkeley, 29 April - 1 May 2011.

“Self-Respect in Erode: E.V. Ramasami and the London Missionary Society,” The 39th Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 14-17 October 2010.

“Self-Respect in Erode in the World: E.V. Ramasami and the London Missionary Society,” Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and World Christianity, University of Edinburgh, 1-3 July 2010.

“Periyar’s Non-Brahmin Political Thought and the Communist Manifesto,” Ulakat Tamil Cemmoḻi Mānādu [World Classical Tamil Conference], Coimbatore, India, 23-27 June 2010.

“Non-Brahmin Political Thought and the Communist Manifesto: Reception and Projection” (by invitation), at The Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University, 23 November 2009.

Discussant, “Workshop on Methodology and Tamil Studies for Post-Graduate Students,” French Institute of Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India, 12-13 August 2009.

“Conversion, Marx, and the Dravidian South,” Rethinking Religion in India Conference, New Delhi, India, 10-13 January 2009.

“Periyar, Rationality, and Liberation in the Dravidian South,” The American Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, 30 August - 2 September 2007.

“Goblins against the Fortress: Conversion in Periyar” (by invitation), delivered at The University of Madras, Tamil Nadu, India, 20 July 2007.

“Loss in Recovery: The Figure of the Third World Woman in a Practice, a Theory, and a Dialogue,” The National Association for Ethnic Studies Conference, San Francisco, 30 March - 1 April 2006.

“Subaltern Studies as Philosophy and History,” The American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division), San Francisco, 22-27 March 2005.

“The Ins and Outs of Political Theory: On Comparing Tamil and Greek Sources,” South Asia Conference, University of California, Berkeley, 11-12 February 2005.

 

***I managed the comparative political theory listserv (comparativept@lists.berkeley.edu) from 2007-2014. To join, please now send a message to hossainzadeh@berkeley.edu***

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