Welcoming our Fall 2022 Cohort!

Darien Acero


My intended research will focus on shifting landscapes of racialization and subjectivation in increasingly digitized and financialized carceral geographies. Broadly speaking, this will lead me to grapple with questions of political economy, carcerality, economic geography, racial capitalism, technology, bio/necropolitics, cybernetics, and finance. Ultimately, my intention is to gesture towards currents of resistance, subversion, and escape, with particular attention to topographies of insurrection and destitution in the investigation of the relationship between abolition and communism.

Bart Feberwee


Bart Feberwee is currently living in Berlin, where he is enrolled as a PhD student in the philosophy department of the Freie Universität Berlin. His research draws on philosophy, political theory, history, and media studies to bring together questions of carcerality and civility. The coming semester he will conduct a research project at the FU on prison protests and uprisings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before starting his PhD, he worked in the service industry, in a political art institute, and as a teacher at a community college. Apart from his current academic interests, he continues to enjoy contemporary art and thinking about service work in relation to class struggle.

Stefania Cotei


Stefania’s research interests include anthropology, Romani feminist studies, necropolitics, subaltern studies, critical race and ethnic studies. She wants to develop new research methods to look at how the gentrification of Transylvanian villages is made possible by white supremacist and neoliberal mores. She is eager to continue learning how critical theory and political philosophy can give her insights into exploring positionalities and subjectivities in her work.

Ariella Patchen

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Ariella Patchen (she/they) is an activist, artist, and researcher whose work explores the role of women in anti-capitalist, anti-colonial, and anti-statist alternatives. In particular, Ariella has focused her research on women’s movements in Chiapas, Rojava, and Palestine, abolitionist organizing, and mutual aid/global solidarity networks. Her work draws on decolonial feminist theory, ethnographic methodologies, and activist/community-based research approaches. Ariella's most recent work has appeared in the book project Pandemic Solidarity as well as in the Nation magazine.