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Leonard Feldman

Associate Professor

Office: 1702 HW

Phone: 212-396-6246

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Specialization:

  • Democratic Theory and Legal Theory
  • History of Political Ideas
  • Law and Culture
  • Police Powers


Ph.D. University of Washington (2000)
B.A. Yale University (1993)

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Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Police Abuse and Democratic Accountability: Agonistic Surveillance of the Administrative State,” Co-authored with Rosa Squillacote, in M.D. Bonner, G. Seri, M.R. Kubal and M. Kempa, eds., Police Abuse in Contemporary Democracies (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018): 135-164.
  • "Police Violence and the Legal Temporalities of Immunity," Theory & Event 20:2 (April 2017). 
  • "Police Reform and Neoliberalism," in Rethinking Neoliberalism  edited by Sanford Schram and Marianna Pavlovskaya. New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
  • "Necessity," in Michael Gibbons, ed., Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Hoboken NJ: Wiley Blackwell, 2014, 2539-2543.
  • Co-authored with Daniel Skinner, "Eminent Domain and the Rhetorical Construction of Sovereign Necessity," Law, Culture and the Humanities 11:3 (October, 2015), 393-413.
  • "Lockean Prerogative: Productive Tensions," in Extra-Legal Power and Legitimacy: Perspectives on Prerogative, edited by Clement Fatovic and Benjamin A. Kleinerman. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • "Political Criminology, the Plural State, and the Politics of Affect," Studies in Law, Politics and Society 59 (2012): Special Issue: The Legacy of Stuart Scheingold, pp. 81-98
  • "Assuming Responsibility in a State of Necessity," in Subjects of Responsibility: Framing Personhood in Modern Bureaucracies, edited by Andrew Parker, Austin Sarat, and Martha Merrill Umphrey. New York: Fordham University Press, 2011.
  • "The Banality of Emergency: On the Time and Space of 'Political Necessity,'" in Sovereignty, Emergency, Legality, edited by Austin Sarat. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • “Judging Necessity: Democracy and Extra-legalism.” Political Theory 36:4 (August 2008), 550-577.
  • “Status Injustice: The Role of the State,” in Adding Insult to Injury: Debating Redistribution, Recognition, and Representation, edited by Kevin Olson. London: Verso, 2008.
  • "The Citizen-Soldier as a Substitute Soldier: Militarism at the Intersection of Neoliberalism and Neoconservatism,” in Security Disarmed: Critical Perspectives on Gender, Race, and Militarization, edited by Barbara Sutton, Sandra Morgen, and Julie Novkov. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008.
  • “Terminal Exceptions: Law and Sovereignty at the Airport Threshold.” Law, Culture and the Humanities 3:2 (June 2007), 320-344.
  • Redistribution, Recognition, and the State: The Irreducibly Political Dimension of Injustice.” Political Theory 30:3 (June 2002), 410-440.
  • Political Judgment with a Difference: Agonistic Democracy and the Limits of ‘Enlarged Mentality.’” Polity 32:1 (Fall 1999), 1-24.