Robert B Nichols

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Robert Nichols joined the University of Minnesota after serving as Humboldt Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin (2013-2015). 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.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Postdoc.: Humboldt Universit├Ąt zu Berlin.
  • PhD: University of Toronto.


  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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