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Dr. Matthew MacLellan

Adjunct Professor
Political and Canadian Studies

An alumnus of Mount Saint Vincent University, Dr. MacLellan is an interdisciplinary scholar who holds an M.A. from McMaster University, a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, and he held a two-year SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University before coming to MSVU to teach courses in political studies, cultural studies, and philosophy. During his time teaching at MSVU, Dr. MacLellan has been nominated for the Alumnae Part-Time Faculty Teaching Award, and in 2018 he received the Commitment to Students Faculty Award from the MSVU Students’ Union.

Dr. MacLellan researches and publishes in the fields of political philosophy, political theory, cultural theory, and Canadian politics. His current research project draws on the political theory of Michel Foucault (especially the latter’s posthumously published lectures at the Collège de France) in order to examine the paradoxical manner in which the state marginalizes or excludes various populations through an “inclusive” liberal discourse of political and legal equality, and how this counter-intuitive form of exclusion has lead to a mutation of citizenship, characterized by a “biopolitical rationality,” whereby political or social justice shifts away from notions of individual rights and instead targets structural inequalities at the level of population. And in addition to his original research, Dr. MacLellan is also an experienced translator (French and German) of academic work in the fields of political theory and philosophy.

Selected Publications:

“Indigenous Infopolitics: Biopolitics as Resistance to White Paper Liberalism in Canada.”
Theory and Event, vol. 21, no. 4 (Fall 2018).

“The Tragedy of Limitless Growth: Re-Interpreting the Tragedy of the Commons for a Century of Climate Change.” Environmental Humanities, vol. 7 (2016)

“Marx’s Vampires: An Althusserian Critique.” Rethinking Marxism, vol. 25, no. 4 (October 2013).

“Capitalism’s Many Futures: A Brief History of Theorizing Post-Capitalism Technologically.” Mediations, vol. 26, no. 1 (2012).

“The Burden of Metaphor: Marx’s Vampires, Populist Politics and the Dialectics of Cultural Abstraction.” The Economy as Cultural System: Theory, Capitalism, Crisis, eds. Todd Dufresne and Clara Sacchetti. New York: Bloomsbury, 2012.

Academic Translations:

Geoffroy de Lagnaserie, The Neoliberal Hypothesis: On Foucault, Theory, and Politics. New York: Roman and Littlefield, 2019 (pp. 125).

Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval, Common: On Revolution in the Twenty-First Century. London: Bloomsbury, 2018 (pp. 496).