Barnor Hesse

Associate Professor of African American Studies, Political Science, and Sociology

Northwestern University

Barnor Hesse is an Associate Professor of African American Studies, Political Science, and Sociology. He received his PhD in Ph.D. in Government (Ideology and Discourse Analysis) at the University of Essex. His research interests include post-structuralism and political theory, black political thought, modernity and coloniality, blackness and affect, race and governmentality, conceptual methodologies, postcolonial studies. His book, Un/settled Multiculturalisms: Diasporas, Entanglements, Transruptions, reconsiders the meanings of multiculturalism in the West. In introducing a new conceptual language, the volume stresses the importance of distinguishing between the multicultural as a signifier of the unsettled meanings of cultural differences, and multiculturalism as the signified of attempts to “fix” their meaning in national imaginaries. The book also casts the debates about multiculturalism in the contexts of globalization, post-colonialism, and what Barnor Hesse calls “multicultural transruptions”--which he sees as resurgent, irrepressible multicultural issues.