Reid Kleinberg

Assistant Lecturer.
Department of Government
Assistant Lecturer
School of Philosophy and Art History
Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Government
 Reid Kleinberg


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  • left-Populism, Nationalism, the French Revolution, Cosmopolitanism, post-Marxism


Hi! I am a political theorist with an interest in continental philosophy, contemporary left-wing politics, and the fate of the nation-state in our globalizing world. My dissertation research pursues the question, through the perspective of post-structuralist discourse theory and contemporary political theory, of what normative and strategic problems arise when left-populist movements attempt to articulate the 'nation' as empty signifiers or privileged nodes in their discourse. I am studying this theoretical enigma through the case of Jean-Luc Mélenchon's 2017 presidential campaign in France. I am originally from Long Island, New York before relocating to Colchester for the PhD.


  • MA The University of Chicago (2018)

  • BA Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2016)

Research and professional activities


(working title) Towards a Global Populism? Republican Fantasies, Psychoanalytic Ethics, and the Global Demos Amidst Jean-Luc Mélenchons 2017 Presidential Campaign



Colchester Campus