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Ivan Ascher

Assistant Professor
 Bolton Hall 640

Degree(s)

Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

I specialize in modern political and social theory. My current research is on the continued relevance of Karl Marx and Max Weber for a critique of contemporary capitalism. I am also developing a new research project on the university in the age of neoliberalism.

Courses Taught

  • PolSci 382 – Modern Political Thought
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  • PolSci 386 – Contemporary Political Theory
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  • Karl Marx (Graduate Seminar, UMass)
  • French Theory (Graduate Seminar, UMass)

Selected Publications

Ascher, Ivan. “Specters of Weber: Science as a Vocation in the Age of Neoliberalism.” Contemporary Political Theory.
Ascher, Ivan. “Capitalism.” Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Ed. Gibbons, Michael, Coole, Diana, Ellis, Elisabeth, and Ferguson, Kennan. Wiley-Blackwell, (2014): 430-441.
Ascher, Ivan. Judith Butler. ‘Violence, non-violence: Sartre, à propos de Fanon’ Actuel Marx, no. 55, 2014. 55. Actuel Marx / Presses Universitaires de France, 2014: 12-35.
Ascher, Ivan. “Capitalism: A Horror Story.” Center for International Education. (2014).
Ascher, Ivan. “Difference Theories.” Encyclopedia of Political Theory. Ed. Bevir, Mark. SAGE Publications, Inc., (2010).
Ascher, Ivan. “Max Weber and the ‘Spirit’ of The Protestant Ethic.” Journal of Classical Sociology 10.2 (2010): 99-108.