Davide Panagia

Davide Panagia

Ladder Faculty

Office: 4345 Bunche Hall

Email: davidepanagia@ucla.edu

Phone: (310) 825-4331

Curriculum Vitae


Davide Panagia is 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 (2010-2015) and continues to serve as a Coordinating Editor. Prior to coming to UCLA he was the Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies at Trent University (2004-2014; 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 20th Century French  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 publications include the following books: 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).


B.A. (Hons.), University of Manitoba, 1993Master of Letters, University of Oxford, Rhodes Scholar, 1998M.A. in Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, 1999Ph.D. in Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, 2002

Selected Publications

Rancière′s SentimentsIn Rancière’s Sentiments Davide Panagia explores Jacques Rancière’s aesthetics of politics as it informs his radical democratic theory of participation. Attending to diverse practices of everyday living and doing—of form, style, and scenography—in Rancière’s writings, Panagia characterizes Rancière as a sentimental thinker for whom the aesthetic is indistinguishable from the political. Rather than providing prescriptions for political judgment and action, Rancière focuses on how sensibilities and perceptions constitute dynamic relations between persons and the worlds they create. Panagia traces this approach by examining Rancière’s modernist sensibilities, his theory of radical mediation, the influence of Gustave Flaubert on Rancière’s literary voice, and how Rancière juxtaposes seemingly incompatible objects and phenomena to create moments of sensorial disorientation. The power of Rancière’s work, Panagia demonstrates, lies in its ability to leave readers with a disjunctive sensibility of the world and what political thinking is and can be. Introduction