Graduate Student Directory

Emmett Joseph Peixoto
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History of Consciousness Department
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 115
    • Online Zoom Room
  • Office Hours Varies
  • Mail Stop History Of Consciousness

Summary of Expertise

Emmett's thought is highly influenced by Plato, Aristotle, Paul, Augustine, Luther, Marx, the French Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida’s deconstruction, Hayden White’s metahistory and figural realism, Norman O. Brown’s psychoanalytic reading of history, and Robert Meister’s work. Topical expertise includes political theory, political economy, political theology, human rights discourse, colonialism (post-colonial theory), financialization, globalization, and Trump/Trumpism. 

Research Interests

Emmett's current research is an attempt to understand: 1) the appeal of Donald Trump, 2) how his presidency squares with American history (both what we do and what we tell ourselves about what we do) and the US Constitution, 3) what has changed after Trump, and 3) what is new about our current conjuncture, especially in relation to geo-political considerations. 

Biography, Education and Training

MA in Philosophy from Boston College and BA in the same from UC Berkeley. Emmett's also a decent handball player and musician. 

Honors, Awards and Grants

2022 Tribeca Summer Research Fellowship 

2022 Histcon Spring-Quarter Fellowship

2020 Tribeca Summer Research Fellowship

QE Fellowship Fall 2019

2019 Tribeca Summer Research Fellowship

The Regent’s Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year

Selected Publications

Peixoto, Emmett. "A Trumpian Mechanism." CLCWEB: Comparative Literature and Culture 23.1 (March 2021): <>