Paul A PassavantProfessor of Politics

Joined faculty in 1997

Ph.D., Wisconsin at Madison
M.A., Wisconsin at Madison
B.A., Michigan

Contact Information

Stern HallPhone (315) 781-3431

Scholarly Interest

Neoliberalism and the state
Policing protest in urban space
Torture and Surveillance
Is there a politics or society beyond law and the state?

Courses Taught

Constitutional Law
Civil Liberties
Civil Rights
Governing through Crime
Law and Society


No Escape: Freedom of Speech and the Paradox of Rights (New York University Press, 2002)
Empire's New Clothes: Reading Hardt and Negri (Routledge, 2004) (editor, with Jodi Dean)
"The Strong Neoliberal State: Crime, Consumption, Governance," Theory and Event (2005)
"The Contradictory State of Giorgio Agamben," Political Theory (2007)
"We Should be Liberals (at least)" Law, Culture, and the Humanities (April, 2009)
"Policing Protest in the Post-Fordist City," Amsterdam Law Forum 2 (December, 2009)
"Yoo's Law, Sovereignty, and Whatever," Constellations (December 2010)


American Political Science Association
Law and Society Association
Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities (Organizing Committee Member)

Visiting Affiliation:
Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London (2001)