BRIAN MILSTEIN


Research Associate and Lecturer in International Political Theory at Goethe University Frankfurt

Education and Academic Career

Research Associate and Lecturer (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), Chair of International Political Theory, Excellence Cluster “On the Formation of Normative Orders,” Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, September 2016 to present
 

Postdoctoral Fellow, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, January 2015 to September 2016

 

Postdoctoral Fellow, Collège d’études mondiales, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, Paris, January to December 2014

 

Postdoctoral Fellow, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, January to December 2013

 

Postdoctoral Fellow, Einstein Foundation Workgroup on “Crisis of Democracy,” John-F.-Kennedy Institut für Nordamerikastudien, Freie Universität Berlin, May 2011 to December 2012

 

Ph.D. (Politics), New School for Social Research, 2011

  Major field: Political Theory
  Minor field: Comparative Politics
  Cumulative GPA: 3.97
  Dissertation: “Commercium: Toward a Critical Social Theory of the Cosmopolitan”
  Selected for the 2011 Hannah Arendt Award in Politics
  Nominated for the APSA 2012 Leo Strauss Award
  Dissertation committee: Nancy Fraser (chair), Andreas Kalyvas, Richard J. Bernstein, Rainer Forst, Terry Williams (dean’s representative)
  

M.A. (Politics), New School for Social Research, 2003

  M.A. portfolio: “Critique and Vision in the Body Cosmopolitic” and “On ‘Postmodern Tyranny,’ or conversely: How to Be an Intelligent Globaphobiac”
  Selected for the 2003 Outstanding M.A. Graduate Award, Politics
  Readers: Nancy Fraser, Jeffrey C. Goldfarb
  

A.B. (Political Science), Vassar College, 1999

  Concentration in political theory

 

Books

Commercium: Critical Theory from a Cosmopolitan Point of View (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015)

 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Perpetual Peace and Cosmopolitical Method: The Systematic Grounds of Kant’s Cosmopolitan Vision,” Danish Yearbook of Philosophy 50, no. 1 (forthcoming 2017)
 
A Tale of Two Demoi: Boundaries and Democracy beyond the Sovereign Point of View,” Philosophy and Social Criticism, OnlineFirst, doi: 10.1177/0191453716658691 (2016)
 
Thinking Politically about Crisis: A Pragmatist Perspective,” European Journal of Political Theory 14, no. 2 (2015)
 
Kantian Cosmopolitanism beyond ‘Perpetual Peace’: Commercium, Critique, and the Cosmopolitan Problematic,” European Journal of Philosophy 21, no. 1 (2013)

 

Articles under Peer Review

“Emergency Powers and Democratic Equality”

 

Invited Contributions

The Diversity and Unity of Critical Theory in Prague,” Philosophy and Social Criticism 43, no. 3 (2017)

 

Articles in Preparation

“Justification Crisis: A Discourse-Theoretic Critique of Faltering Hegemony” 
 
“Whither Justice in Times of Crisis?” 
 
“A Kantian Argument for Civil Resistance” 
 
Preservation, Progress, and Pathology: Three Paradigms of Crisis Thinking in Modern Political Thought 

 

Non-Academic Publications

Emergency Politics Are the Wrong Path for Today’s Europe,” openDemocracy, 8 February, 2016

 

Translation Work

Wolfgang Streeck, “Small-State Nostalgia? The Currency Union, Germany, and Europe: A Reply to Jürgen Habermas,” Constellations 21, no. 2 (2014)
  Translated from the German, “Nostalgische Kleinstaaterei? Die Bayern, die Währungsunion, Deutschland und Europa. Eine Replik auf Jürgen Habermas”
 
Daniel Gaus, “Rational Reconstruction as a Method of Political Theory between Social Critique and Empirical Political Science,” Constellations 20, no. 4 (2013)
  Originally appeared in German as “Rationale Rekonstruktion als Methode politischer Theorie zwischen Gesellschaftskritik und empirischer Politikwissenschaft,” Politische Vierteljahre-schrift 13, no. 2 (2013)
 
Rahel Jaeggi, “What (if Anything) Is Wrong With Capitalism? Dysfunctionality, Exploitation, and Alienation: Three Approaches to the Critique of Capitalism,” Southern Journal of Philosophy 54, Spindel supplement (2016)
  Translated from the German, “Was (wenn überhaupt etwas) ist falsch mit Kapitalismus? Drei Wege der Kapitalismuskritik” (unpublished draft)

 

Invited Talks and Presentations

“Whither Justice in Times of Crisis?”
Annual Joint Colloquium, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, December 2016
 
“Emergency Powers and Democratic Equality”
Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, July 2016
 
“Global Consciousness, Injustice, and the Rigidities of ‘Perpetual Peace’: An Attempt to Think with Kant beyond Kant” 
Research Seminar, “Towards Perpetual Peace: Politics, Culture, and Education,” University of Aarhus, Copenhagen, November 2015
 
“Toward a Critique of Crisis: A Research Agenda” 
Workshop on “Crises, Order, and Knowledge,” Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien, Universität Erfurt, December 2015
 
“A Tale of Two Demoi: Boundaries and Democracy beyond the Sovereign Point of View” (and variants)
Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, July 2015
Political Theory Colloquium of Professor Regina Kreide, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, June 2015
Department of Social Sciences, NYU-Abu Dhabi, November 2014
Collège d’études mondiales, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, Paris, May 2014
 
“Preservation, Progress, and Pathology: Three Paradigms of Crisis Thinking in Modern Political Thought” 
Collège d’études mondiales, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, Paris, December 2014
 
“Thinking Politically about Crisis” (and variants)
Social Philosophy Colloquium of Professor Rahel Jaeggi, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, November 2013
Political Theory Colloquium of Professor Regina Kreide, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, October 2013
Political Theory Colloquium of Professor Rainer Forst, Cluster of Excellence: “The Formation of Normative Orders,” Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, April 2013
 
“Taming the Boundary Paradox in Democratic Theory” 
Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, November 2013
 
“What Is Crisis?” (with Ethan Miller and Stefanie Wöhl)
Politics Colloquium of Professor Margit Meyer, John-F.-Kennedy Institut für Nordamerikastudien, Freie Universität Berlin, October 2011
 
“Kant, Commercium, and the Domain of the Cosmopolitan” 
“Works in Progress” Series, Department of Political Science, New School for Social Research, New York, March 2007

 

Conference Presentations

“Justification Crisis: A Discourse-Theoretic Critique of Faltering Hegemony” (and variants)
ECPR General Conference, Oslo, September 2017 (scheduled)
Philosophy and Social Sciences Conference, Prague, May 2017
 
“Emergency Powers from a Cosmopolitan Point of View”
Philosophy and Social Sciences Conference, Prague, May 2016
 
“Global Consciousness, Injustice, and the Rigidities of ‘Perpetual Peace’: An Attempt to Think with Kant beyond Kant” 
Justitia Amplificata Workshop, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, February 2016
 
“Reimagining Critical Theory from a Cosmopolitan Point of View” (and variants)
Course on Critical Theory, Inter-University Center Dubrovnik, June 2015
Philosophy and Social Sciences Conference, Prague, May 2015
 
“Thinking Politically about Crisis” (and variants)
Symposium of the Swiss Philosophical Association, St. Gallen, June 2014
Philosophy and Social Sciences Conference, Prague, May 2013
Einstein Crisis Research Group Workshop, Berlin, November 2012
 
“A Tale of Two Demoi: Boundaries and Democracy beyond the Sovereign Point of View” (and variants)
Philosophy and Social Sciences Conference, Prague, May 2014
Einstein Crisis Research Group Workshop, Berlin, March 2014
 
“Cosmopolitanism, Crisis, and Critical Theory: Habermas contra Habermas” 
Philosophy and Social Sciences Conference, Prague, May 2012
 
“A Critical-Hermeneutic Approach to Conceptualizing Boundaries” (and variants)
Global Studies Association Annual Conference, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, May 2009
Philosophy and Social Sciences Conference, Prague, May 2008
 
“Kant and the Cosmopolitan Problematic” (and variants)
Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, August 2007
Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 2007
 
“The Crisis of External Sovereignty” 
Global Studies Association Annual Conference, University of California at Irvine, May 2007
 
“Toward a Critical Social Theory of the Cosmopolitan” 
New England Political Science Association Annual Conference, Boston, April 2007
 
“Critique and Crisis in Global Society” 
Union of Political Science Students Annual Conference, “Sovereignty and the World Order,” New School for Social Research, New York, May 2004

 

Awards and Honors

Nomination for APSA Leo Strauss Award, 2012
  Submitted on behalf of the New School for Social Research, Department of Politics
 
The Hannah Arendt Award in Politics, 2011
  Given annually by the New School to one Ph.D. graduate for excellent dissertation work in politics
 
Dean’s Fellowship, 2007/08
  Given to select University Teaching Fellows to teach up to two additional courses during the academic year following the Teaching Fellowship
 
Frank Altschul Fellowship/Brecht Dissertation Fellowship, 2006/07
  Non-renewable fellowship given by the New School to select Ph.D. Candidates for the first year of dissertation writing
 
University Teaching Fellowship, 2006/07
  Given to select New School graduate students to design and teach one course during the academic year, usually at either Eugene Lang College or the New School for General Studies
 
Outstanding M.A. Graduate Award (Politics), 2003
  Given annually by the New School to one member of the graduating M.A. class in each department
 
New School Tuition Scholarship, 2001-2005

 

Teaching Experience

Instructor, “Theorizing Crisis,” M.A.-level political theory seminar, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Wintersemester 2015/16
 
Instructor (with Ethan Miller), “History and Philosophy of American Pragmatism,” M.A.-level interdisciplinary seminar, Graduate School of North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Sommersemester 2012
 
Instructor, “Modern Political Philosophy,” B.A.-level seminar, Humanities Department, New School for General Studies
Spring 2008
Fall 2007
Fall 2006

 

University and Professional Involvement

Peer-Reviewer: American Journal of Political Science; Constellations; European Journal of Political TheoryJournal of International Political Theory; Philosophy and Social Criticism; Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy; Revista Idéias; Incipiens
 
Panel or Paper Discussant: commentator, Manuscript Workshop on Simon Caney’s On Cosmopolitanism, University of Birmingham, January 2017 (scheduled); commentator, Manuscript Workshop on John Baker’s Arguing for Equality, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, December 2016; panel on “Eurocrisis and the End of Cosmopolitanism?,” Critical Theory Roundtable, Yale University, New Haven, October 2015; paper by Charles Sabel, “Producing Justifiable Pluralism,” Justitia Amplificata Annual Conference, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Bad Homburg, July 2015; panel on “Capitalism’s Polities: Crisis of Europe, Crisis of Democracy,” Rethinking Capitalist Crisis: Ecology, Society, Democracy, Freie Universität Berlin and Einstein Stiftung Berlin, November 2014; paper by Albena Azmanova, “The ‘Crisis of Capitalism’ and the State,” Workshop on Crisis, Capitalism, Critique II, Collège d’études mondiales, Paris, November 2013; paper by Rahel Jaeggi, “Critique of Captialism as Life Form,” Workshop on Crisis, Capitalism, Critique I, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, November 2012
 
Co-Organizer (with Darrel Moellendorf and Merten Reglitz), workshop on Simon Caney’s On Cosmopolitanism (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), University of Birmingham (UK) and Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, January 2017
 
Coordinator, Guest Lecturer Series on “Crisis of the American Democracy,” J.F.K.-Institut für Nordamerikastudien, Freie Universität Berlin, Wintersemester 2011/12
 
Editorial Assistant, Constellations Journal, September 2003 to October 2008
 
Student Representative, Political Theory Faculty Search Committee, New School for Social Research, Fall 2006
 
Research Assistant to Professor Rainer Forst, New School for Social Research, February to May 2006
 
Admissions Liaison for Political Science, New School for Social Research, January 2005 to June 2007
 
Conference Organizer and Co-Chair (with Maya Joseph), “20 Years after Foucault,” Graduate Student Conference, New School for Social Research, April 2004
 
Participant, Graduate Institute on “Democracy and Diversity,” Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, Cracow, Poland, July 2002

 

Areas of Specialization         

Critical social theory
Contemporary political thought
Crisis theory
Political and social thought of Kant and Habermas
Nationalism and the state

 

Areas of Competence            

International theory
Comparative politics
Enlightenment political thought
Classical social theory
American pragmatism

 

Languages

English (native); German (proficient, B1); French (beginner, A2)

 

 

 

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