Robert B Nichols

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Robert Nichols is McKnight Land-Grant Professor in Political Theory and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. His areas of research specialization include contemporary European philosophy and political theory (esp. Critical Theory, Marx and Marxism, Foucault); the history of political thought (esp. pertaining to imperialism and colonialism in the 19th century); and the contemporary politics of settler colonialism and indigeneity in the Anglo-American world. Before joining the University of Minnesota, Professor Nichols was Alexander von Humboldt Faculty Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the Humboldt Universit├Ąt zu Berlin. He has also held academic posts at the University of Alberta, University of Cambridge, and Columbia University. He is the recipient of grants and awards from the Fulbright, Humboldt, Killam, McKnight, and Trudeau Foundations, as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: University of Toronto.

Specialties

  • Modern and Contemporary Political Theory; Critical Theory; Empire, Imperialism, and Colonialism in the History of Political Thought; Indigeneity and Settler Colonialism
Courses Taught
  • Undergraduate: Imperialism and Modern Political Thought
  • Graduate: Colonialism, Capitalism, and the Commons
  • Undergraduate: Indigenous Peoples, Settler Colonialism, and Political Theory
  • Graduate: Ancient and Medieval Political Theory
Publications
  • The World of Freedom: Heidegger, Foucault, and the politics of Historical Ontology. Nichols, Robert, Stanford University Press, Author, 2014.
  • Disaggregating Primitive Accumulation: Nichols, Robert, Radical Philosophy, 194 , 2015.
  • Freedom and Democracy in an Imperial Context: Dialogues with James Tully. Nichols, Robert, Jakeet Singh, Routledge, Co-Editor, 2014.
  • The Colonialism of Incarceration: Nichols, Robert, Radical Philosophy Review, 17.2 , 2014.
  • Contract & Usurpation: Enfranchisement and Racial Governance in Settler Colonial Contexts: Nichols, Robert, A.Simpson and A.Smith, eds., Duke University Press, Theorizing Native Studies.
  • Indigeneneity and the Settler Contract Today: Nichols, Robert, Philosophy & Social Criticism, 39.2 , 2013.
  • Theft is Property! The recursive logic of dispossession: Nichols, Robert, Political Theory, Online First , 2017.
Awards
  • McKnight Land Grant Professorship, 2016 - 2019
  • National Endowment for the Humanities- Enduring Questions Grant, 2016-2018
  • Mellon Sawyer Seminar, "The Politics of Land", 2016 - 2017
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship; Humboldt Universit├Ąt zu Berlin, 2013 - 2015
  • Fulbright Scholar Award; Columbia University, NYC, 2011 - 2012