Faculty

Davide Panagia

Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Development

Contact Information

Email    davidepanagia@ucla.edu
Office  4345 Bunche Hall
Phone  (310) 825-4331
Davide Panagia is Associate Professor of Political Science at UCLA, where he teaches Political Theory. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Manitoba (with Honors). He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and completed a Masters degree (M.Litt.) in Politics. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at The Johns Hopkins University.

He teaches courses in contemporary political theory, aesthetics and politics, affect theory, political theory and cinema, political theory and algorithmic cultures, and theories of textual interpretation. He was for six years the Co-Editor of the journal Theory & Event and continues to serve as a Coordinating Editor. He is currently the Field Chair in Political Theory and Vice Chair for Alumni Outreach in the Department of Political Science. Prior to coming to UCLA he was the Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies at Trent University (Ontario, Canada).

His research addresses how values emerge from, and organize, political societies and the forms of association that result from these dynamics of valuation. His studies in aesthetics and politics focus on relations of immigration, equality, solidarity, and political participation in democratic societies. He holds expertise in Continental Political Theory, philosophical aesthetics, and the philosophy of film, with a specific emphasis on post-war French political thought.

Panagia has written and published extensively on aesthetics and politics, political theory and media studies, the political theory of cinema, affect theory, and the sentiments. His books include The Poetics of Political Thinking (Duke University Press, 2006); The Political Life of Sensation (Duke University Press, 2009); Impressions of Hume: Cinematic Thinking and the Politics of Discontinuity (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013); Ten Theses for an Aesthetics of Politics (University of Minnesota Press – Forerunners, 2016); and Rancière’s Sentiments (Duke University Press, 2018).

During the 2017-2018 academic year Professor Panagia is co-directing the Clark Professor Core Program with Professor Sarah Kareem (UCLA, English). The Core Program’s theme is “Becoming Media.”


Degrees

B.A. (Hons.), University of Manitoba, 1993

Master of Letters, University of Oxford, Rhodes Scholar, 1998

M.A. in Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, 1999

Ph.D. in Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, 2002