Interdisciplinary Studies Field

Rakesh Bhandari

Acting Director - Ph.D., UC Berkeley

Office Hours

Fall 2023

Office hours for my respective courses will be held immediately after class.

Open office hours:

Fridays 11-1 at 267 Evans




Serving as Acting Director for the Department Review in 2022.

Research Interests:  Heterodox political economy, Theories of the Self and the Posthuman in the Age of AI and Biotechnology, History and Theory of Racism, Critical Theory, and Classical social and political theory.  Rakesh’s diverse interests come out of graduate studies in Political Theory at Harvard where he began his graduate work, Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley where he wrote his dissertation, and the History of Science at Princeton University where he studied the history of Social Darwinism. He has also worked at a microprocessor firm and served in the California Board of Education.

Publications include: “The Disguises of Wage Labour”, Historical Materialism; On Luxury Spending in Science and Society; “On the Critique of Marcuse’s One-Dimensional Man”, International Journal of Political Economy; “Wage Labor and Slavery in History”, Rethinking Marxism. Rakesh was recently an invited participant for a conference at the University of Minnesota on the interdisciplinary social science of the early Frankfurt School and participated on a panel on neo-liberalism at a conference sponsored by the Critical Theory Program at UC Berkeley. He was also a participant on a Blum Center panel on political economy.

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