Daniel Nichanian: Curriculum Vitae

Academic Appointments

2016-present
University of Chicago

Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow in the Division of the Social Sciences
Lecturer in the Political Science Department


Education

2010-2016
University of Chicago

Ph.D. in Political Science, December 2016
M.A., June 2012

Dissertation: “Seizing a Seat at the Table: Participatory Politics in the Face of Disqualification”
Advisers: Patchen Markell and Linda Zerilli (Co-Chairs), Robert Gooding-Williams, John McCormick

Master’s Thesis: “Contesting Claims to Mastery: Rancière’s ‘Politics of the As If'”

Qualifying examinations: Political Theory, Comparative Politics (with distinction)

2009-2010
Paris VII Diderot

Master, Political Sociology and Philosophy
Master’s Thesis: “La politique entre incorporation et réincorporation”
Adviser: Martine Leibovici

2004-2008
Yale University

B.A., Political Science and Philosophy
Graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with distinction in both majors.

Political Science Thesis: “Carl Schmitt’s Critique of Depoliticization and 20th century Critiques of Liberal Antipolitics”
Adviser: Karuna Mantena

Philosophy Thesis: “The Problem of Evil and the Viability of Spinoza’s Moral Terms”
Adviser: Michael Della Rocca


Publications

“A Matter of Dispute, or Just a Misunderstanding? Woman’s suffrage, Constitutional Struggles and the Ambivalence of Writing”

Philosophy & Rhetoric, Volume 49, Number 4 (2016). Pages 500-523. Link.

“A Politics of Surprises: Review of The Lessons of Jacques Rancière, by Samuel Chambers”

Syndicate Theology (November 2016). Link.


Awards and Fellowships

2014-2016
Hanna Holborn Gray Fellowship

Social Sciences Division, University of Chicago

2015
Grodzins Prize Lectureship

Political Science Department, University of Chicago

2014
Global Excellence Scholarship (declined)

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

May 2013
Patricia Lynn Baker Prize, University of Chicago

Best paper analyzing forms of institutionalized inequality and promoting social reform

2010-2015
University of Chicago Graduate Fellowship
May 2008
Philo Sherman Bennett Prize, Yale University

Best bachelor’s thesis written in political theory during the 2007-2008 school year

May 2008
Branford College Fellows Prize, at graduation, Yale University
June 2007
Frank M. Patterson Grant, Yale University
June 2006
European Union Studies Council Grant, Yale University

Research on the Impact of French Politics on the Construction of European Identity


Conference and Workshop Presentations

October 2016
Association of Political Theory

“Seizing Standing: Frederick Douglass and the Politics of Claiming Oneself Already Authorized”

September 2016
American Political Science Association Conference

“Seizing Standing: Frederick Douglass and the Politics of Claiming Oneself Already Authorized”

March 2016
Western Political Science Association Conference

“A Matter of Dispute, or Just a Misunderstanding? Woman’s suffrage, Constitutional Struggles and the Ambivalence of Writing”

Nov. 2015
Univ. of Chicago Political Theory Workshop

“AIDS Treatment Activism and the Borrowing of Capacities”

April 2015
Western Political Science Association Conference

“Seizing A Seat at the Table: The Experience of Disqualification and the Borrowing of Capacities”

August 2014
American Political Science Association Conference

“Threads of Reciprocity: Michel Foucault and Seyla Benhabib on Freedom.”

May 2014
The Society of Fellows, University of Chicago, Weissbound Conference

“The Paradoxical Decision: Politics and Truth in Carl Schmitt and Saint Paul.”

April 2014
University of Chicago Political Theory Workshop

“Threads of Reciprocity: Michel Foucault on Freedom.”

August 2013
American Political Science Association Conference

“Arguing with Unresponsive Institutions: Jacques Rancière’s Critique of Ontology and the Expansion of Democratic Possibilities.”

April 2013
Midwest Political Science Association Conference

“The Paradoxical Decision: Politics and Truth in Carl Schmitt and Saint Paul.”

October 2012
University of Chicago Political Theory Workshop

“Carl Schmitt, Saint Paul and Paradoxical Truth.”

April 2012
Midwest Political Science Association Conference

“Contesting Claims to Mastery: Jacques Rancière’s Politics of the ‘As If.'”


Courses Taught

Lecturer
American Antislavery: Antebellum Political Thought and Political Strategy

Spring 2017 (syllabus forthcoming)

Politics and Antipolitics

Winter 2015 (see syllabus)

Classics of Political and Social Thought

Fall 2016 (see syllabus)
Syllabus covered Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Machiavelli
Winter 2014, Winter 2017 (see syllabus)
Syllabus covered Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft.

Teaching Assistant
Interpretive Methods

Professor Lisa Wedeen: Spring 2014

Classics of Political and Social Thought, III

Professor Robert Gooding Williams: Spring 2013

Classics of Political and Social Thought, II

Professor Julie Cooper: Winter 2013

Classics of Political and Social Thought, I

Professor James Wilson: Fall 2012


Service

2013-2015
Coordinator, Political Theory Workshop

University of Chicago

2011-2015
Discussant, Political Theory Workshop

University of Chicago.

August 2013
Facilitator, Methods Café

American Political Science Association Conference

2007-2008
Yale Philosophy Review

Executive Editor for Continental Philosophy


Selected Popular Publications

“A Voting Rights Manifesto.” Vox. December 2016.
“What Makes a GOP Leader Resist Trump.” FiveThirtyEight. June 2016.
“France’s Obama Fixation.” OpenDemocracy. March 2009.
“McCain’s Armenia Problem.” The Atlantic. October 2008.
Regular contributor to The Washington Post‘s WhoRunsGov, and creator/writer of Campaign Diaries. 2008-2010.

Language Skills

Fluent French, Fluent Armenian.

References

Patchen Markell (dissertation committee co-chair)

Associate Professor, University of Chicago
E-mail: p-markell@uchicago.edu

Linda Zerilli (dissertation committee co-chair)

Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago
E-mail: lmgzerilli@uchicago.edu

Robert Gooding-Williams

M. Moran Weston/Black Alumni Council Professor, Columbia University
Email: rg2944@columbia.edu

John McCormick

Professor, University of Chicago
Email: jpmccorm@uchicago.edu