Andrew Dilts is a political theorist whose work focuses broadly on the history of political thought, and in particular, the discursive relationships between political membership, subjectivity, sovereignty, and punishment. He is especially interested in the connections between penal policy, race, and “identity” in the United States.
Born and raised in the midwest, Prof. Dilts studied economics at Indiana University and the London School of Economics before earning his doctorate in political science at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty at Loyola Marymount in 2011, he was a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago, where he taught exclusively in the College's "Common Core" curriculum as Collegiate Assistant Professor of Social Sciences.
Prof. Dilts is the author of Punishment and Inclusion: Race, Membership, and the Limits of American Liberalism(Fordham University Press, 2014) which gives a theoretical account of felon disenfranchisement as it has been practiced in the United States, drawing widely on early modern political theory, post-structuralist french thought, queer theory, disability theory, and critical race theory.
Currently, Dilts is at work on a book-length study of Michel Foucault's thought in relation to neoliberal economic theories of subjectivity and race, drawing on Foucault's lectures at the Collège de France, his late work on the care of the self, and the theory of human capital developed by "Chicago-School" economists. He is also co-editing a volume (with Perry Zurn of DePaul University) entitled, Active Intolerance: Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition as well as special project (with Natalie Cisneros of Gettysburg College) for Radical Philosophy Review called "Political Theory and Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration." He has published articles in Political Theory, Foucault Studies, New Political Science, PhiloSOPHIA, and The Carceral Notebooks. He is also a founding member of Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics.
Foundations of Political Theory
Modern Political Theory
Contemporary Political Theory
Society and Its Discontents
The Politics of Punishment
Punishment and Mercy
Critical Race Theory
Detention and Incarceration
Ph.D: University of Chicago, 2008
M.A: University of Chicago, 2004
B.A: Indiana University, Bloomington, 2002