Summer Lovin’ [why ‘time off’ is never ‘time off’]

So it’s officially the summer, and while some may assume that this grants us in the academic trenches some relief, I’d beg to differ. For me, the summer means not having to commute to Miami University, but I am still designing and teaching for Georgetown University’s Intersections program, and catching up on the many, many projects … Continue reading

[New publication] Interpreting Insurrectionary Corpora: Qualitative-Quantitative Analysis of Clandestine Communiqués

It is with great pleasure that I can announce the release of a new journal article. This article appears in the Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and I am happy to say constitutes the first ‘in print’ piece from my doctoral research project.   Interpreting Insurrectionary Corpora: Qualitative-Quantitative Analysis of Clandestine Communiqués   Anyone … Continue reading

“Why we are with the fighters (what do we mean by solidarity?)”

[ED NOTE: I do not typically use this space to repost pieces from the vastness of the internet, but this particular piece embodies a spirit I quite identify with. I’m reposting it here because it’s unlikely many will have seen it. It appeared in the publication, Return Fire #3, a UK-based green anarchist publication. This … Continue reading

Updates from a manic writer

For a great many of us who work on an academic calendar, this week tastes especially sweet. For me, it means that my work load goes from heavy to light as students depart campuses and the year winds down. For those outside of the September-May work cycle, this may not be immediately apparent, but those … Continue reading

[New presentation] Towards the queerest (reading of) insurrection

Thought I’ve been a bit inactive on this blog, I’ve been busy writing. Between teaching 5 simultaneous classes (Georgetown, George Mason, Jessup Correctional Institution), completing 3 simultaneous fellowships (Georgetown, George Mason, Hebrew Union College) and a bit of service work (some club/bar), I’ve managed to churn out several hundred pages of my PhD dissertation which … Continue reading

[New publication] Professor Xavier is a Gay Traitor! An Anti-Assimilationist Queer Framework for Interpreting Ideology, Power & Statecraft

During my first semester of PhD coursework, I wrote a paper focused on Marxist theory, queer normativity and the X-Men.  At the time, my professor did not think too highly of my theoretical approach.  fast forward nearly three years and ten drafts later and we have the latest in a series of publications from yours … Continue reading

What Michael is Reading #3

Over the last few months I have begun writing the background chapters for my doctoral dissertation.  The way I write is that I read a ton, think for a few weeks, and then write WAY more than I should, removing the excess in editing.  Right now and I in that writing sweet spot where every … Continue reading

[New publication] Days of War, Knights of Tempeh: Anarchism, Animal Liberation & A History of Social War

I am excited to announce the completed first draft of a book chapter to be included in “No Bosses, No Masters: Anarchist Perspectives on Animal Liberation” edited by Erika Cudworth, Anthony Nocella and Richard White. The chapter traces the intersection between contemporary insurrectionary anarchism (e.g. Informal Anarchist Federation, Conspiracy of Cells of Fire…) and direct action animal liberation movements (e.g. … Continue reading

Blackfish, Anarcho-Critique & Queer Insurrection?

With the great publicity the film Blackfish is getting, I thought it would be appropriate to review a related article I wrote last year entitled  “Operation Splash Back!: Queering Animal Liberation Through the Contributions of Neo-Insurrectionist Queers“.  Following  the killing of Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau, I became interested in the case of this infamous orca.  After learning more about the … Continue reading

Cops, security & the (thin blue) line that divides

There is a distinct yet convoluted relationship between a nation’s level of (neoliberal) development and the uniformity of its security forces. In the ‘first world’ there are those whom are clearly deputized to wield force, such as cops and soldiers, and those who exist on the margins as keepers of the peace but outside of … Continue reading

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