Andrew Dilts

Professor+Andrew+Dilts‌Assistant Professor


Phone:    (310) 338-5165
Office:   University Hall 4134


Spring 2014 Course Schedule:
POLS 220.02 Foundations of Political Thought
Monday/Wednesday: 12:00-1:15pm
POLS 220.03 Foundations of Political Thought
Monday/Wednesday: 1:30-2:45pm
POLS 581.01 Honors Seminar
Wednesday: 4:30-7:00pm
Fall 2014 Office Hours:


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. Before joining the faculty at Loyola Marymount, 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’ work has been published in Political Theory, Foucault Studies, New Political Science, PhiloSOPHIA, and The Carceral Notebooks. Currently, he is working on two interrelated book projects. The first 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. The second project is a study of Michel Foucault's thought in relation to neoliberal economic theories of subjectivity, 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. 

Foundations of Political Theory
Modern Political Theory
Contemporary Political Theory 
Society and Its Discontents
The Politics of Punishment
Punishment and Mercy
Critical Race Theory

Ph.D: University of Chicago, 2008
M.A: University of Chicago, 2004
B.A: Indiana University, Bloomington, 2002