MA Graduate – Class of 2016

Matthew Mautarelli Profile Photo circleI grew up on Long Island and went to school in Massachusetts, where I studied politics and music in separate capacities, working in the former with questions of ideology, colonialism, and the changing place of dialectical materialism. I struggled, early on, with my positionality in relation to the things I was researching, and thus to which I was professing some sort of commitment—which led to protracted engagements with psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, philosophy of mind, and logic, in the hopes that I could develop a coherent notion of the subject of politics. This consuming anxiety eventually generated a thesis project on the philosophy of Alain Badiou, which, I argue,  contains a definitive theorization of political subjectivity and novelty in the dialectical-materialist idiom. I spend most of my time playing guitar, and I love cooking, black metal, cartoons, and video games.

Research Interests

My current research interests are split between European philosophy, postcolonial theory, biopolitics, and comparative politics.  I want to understand how the contradictions of capital manifest in contemporary apparatuses of governance, and what an orthodox Marxist critique of global governance might look like.

MA Thesis

“Sovereign Debts: Notes Towards an Historical-Materialist Typology of Political Legitimacy”


  • BA, Political Studies, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 2011-2015