History of Consciousness Welcomes New Faculty

September 25, 2023

The History of Consciousness department is delighted to announce we have three new faculty members joining the department in the academic year 2023-2024! Information about their academic foci and recent publications are below.  

Robert Nichols


Robert Nichols is an expert in contemporary social and political philosophy—especially Critical Theory; the history of social and political thought—especially pertaining to imperialism and colonialism in the 19th century; and the contemporary politics of settler colonialism and indigeneity in the Anglo-American world. His work in social and political theory has been published in several books, including Theft is Property! Dispossession and Critical Theory (2020) and The Dispossessed: Karl Marx's Debates on Wood Theft and the Right of the Poor, ed. and trans., (2021)

Dimitris Papadopoulos

Dimitris Papadopoulos is a science and technology studies scholar and research photographer. He works at the intersections of technoscience studies, socio-cultural theory, constructivist photography, and political ecology. His most recent books include Ecological Reparation. Repair, Remediation and Resurgence in Social and Environmental Conflict (Bristol UP, 2023); Reactivating Elements: Chemistry, Ecology, Practice (Duke UP, 2021); Experimental Practice. Technoscience, Alterontologies and More-Than-Social Movements (Duke UP, 2018). He is currently completing a monograph entitled Substance and its Milieu. Anthropochemicals, Autonomy, and Geo-Ecological Justice and a theory photobook entitled Landscape After the Event: Constructivist Photography and Ecocidal Vision.

Maria Puig de la Bellacasa

Maria Puig de la Bellacasa’s research sits at the intersection of science and technology studies, environmental humanities and feminist theory. Her current research focuses on how the sciences, eco-social movements and the arts are contributing to changes in the ways we care for earth soils. She is currently working on a new monograph with the title When the Name for World is Soil examining ongoing formations of ecological cultures around changes in human-soil relations. With a background in contemporary continental philosophy and constructivist and process theory, her earlier work was on feminist epistemologies and the politics of knowledge. Most recent publications include the collections Ecological Reparation Repair. Remediation and Resurgence in Social and Environmental Conflict (Bristol UP 2023) and Reactivating Elements. Chemistry, Ecology, Practice (Duke UP 2022).