I study the contemporary forms of political rationality–the way in which government is taken up as a problem of expert reflection and is constituted as a field of intervention. My research has examined governmental practices such as economic regulation, social welfare, urban planning, and emergency management in Russia, the Republic of Georgia, and in the United States. My past work on Soviet and post-Soviet Russia sought to rethink how neoliberal reforms take up and transform the institutions of the Soviet social modernity. More recently, drawing on Michel Foucault’s work on political rationality, I have examined neoliberalism as an attempt to reanimate and modify the principles of classical liberalism in light of the social welfare state. My current work examines the emergence of “vital systems security” in domains such as natural disaster policy, homeland security, and infrastructure protection.
I am author of Post-Soviet Social: Neoliberalism, Social Modernity, Biopolitics (Princeton University Press, 2011), and co-editor of Biosecurity Interventions (Columbia University Press, 2008), and Global Assemblages (Blackwell, 2005). Currently, I am finishing work on a book with Andrew Lakoff on the government of catastrophes in the United States during the 20th century.
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