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Ph.D. in Government, Cornell University, 2018
M.A. in Politics, New School for Social Research, 2010
B.A. in Philosophy, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at the New School, 2009

Recent Courses

Michael Gorup’s research focuses on democratic theory, the history of political thought, and the politics of race and colonialism, with an area focus on the United States. He is particularly interested in understanding the unique forms of domination that have accompanied the rise of modern democracy. His current book project, tentatively titled The Counterrevolutionary Shadow: Race and the Making of the American People, examines the vexed relationship between race and democratic peoplehood in the history of American political thought.

At New College, he teaches courses in political theory and U.S. Constitutional Law. Prior to joining the New College faculty he taught in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Recent Publications

2021 “Populism, Political Organization, and the Paradox of Popular Agency,” Constellations:

2020 “The Strange Fruit of the Tree of Liberty: Lynch Law and Popular Sovereignty in the United States,” Perspectives on Politics:

2017 “Subverting the American Paradox: Race, Redemption, and Revolution in David Walker’s Appeal,” Law, Culture and the Humanities: