Ajay Singh Chaudhary

Director

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Ajay Singh Chaudhary is the founding Director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and Lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society through the MESAAS department specializing in comparative philosophy, an M.Sc. in Culture and Society from the London School of Economics, an M.A. and M.Phil in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies, Religious Studies, and Government from Cornell University. He is currently Core Lecturer in Columbia’s Core Curriculum. His research focuses on comparative philosophy, political theory, cultural theory, Iranian and Islamic intellectual history, the Frankfurt School, modern Jewish thought, global thought, religion, social and critical theory, visual/media studies, and post-colonial studies.  He has written for Social Text, Dialectical Anthropology, The Jewish Daily Forward, Filmmaker Magazine, 3quarksdaily, and The Huffington Post. At any given time he is probably pacing, reading, playing video games or thinking about the relationship between norms, morals, and metaphysics and almost certainly not sleeping.