I am embedded in a rich intellectual tradition and community centered in Black studies. This is a tradition that has always questioned the boundaries of the university and imagined its intellectual and political vision reaching beyond the campus.”

Adom Getachew, Ph.D.

Adom Getachew teaches in the Departments of Political Science and Race, Diaspora and Indigeneity at the University of Chicago. She is a political theorist with research interests in the history of political thought, theories of race and empire, and postcolonial political theory. Her work focuses on the intellectual and political histories of Africa and the Caribbean. She is author of Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and and Fall of Self-Determination (2019) and coeditor, with Jennifer Pitts, of W.E.B. Du Bois: International Thought (2022).

Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination

Adom Getachew shows that African, African American, and Caribbean anticolonial nationalists were not solely or even primarily nation-builders. Responding to the experience of racialized sovereign inequality, dramatized by interwar Ethiopia and Liberia, Black Atlantic thinkers and politicians challenged international racial hierarchy and articulated alternative visions of worldmaking.

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W. E. B. Du Bois: International Thought

W. E. B. Du Bois was one of the most significant American political thinkers of the twentieth century. This volume collects 24 of his essays and speeches on international themes, spanning the years 1900-1956. These key texts reveal Du Bois's distinctive approach to the problem of empire and demonstrate his continued importance in our current global context.

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Universalism after the Postcolonial Turn: Interpreting the Haitian Revolution,” Political Theory (December 2016)

This essay explores the possibilities and limits of decentering Europe by examining the Haitian Revolution and contemporary invocations of its legacy among political theorist and historians.

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Holding Ourselves Responsible

The aftermath of 2001 continues to influence global politics, with the War on Terror's enduring impact and emergence of two contrasting visions of international responsibility. As the United States remains engaged in counter-terrorism efforts across the world, the conventional model of "responsibility to protect" (R2P) offers a limited duty of intervention during crises, but fails to address the underlying global dynamics that perpetuate inequality and violence.

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