Associate Professor
Kirby Hall of Civil Rights - Room 101
(610) 330-5588
(610) 330-5397


  • BA, University of Richmond, 1996
  • MA & Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1998 & 2006

Michael Feola is a political theorist who earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007.  Before arriving at Lafayette, he held positions at Northwestern University, Stanford University, Duke University and Williams College.

He has published one book to date: The Powers of Sensibility: Aesthetic Politics through Adorno, Foucault, and Rancière (Northwestern University Press, 2018). His second book, on the racial politics of the far right, will be published in the Spring of 2024: The Rage of Replacement: Far Right Politics and Demographic Fear (University of Minnesota Press).

His article-length work has appeared in a wide range of outlets, including Political Theory, Perspectives on Politics, Political Studies, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Polity, Theory & Event, Contemporary Political Theory, European Journal of Political Theory, Radical Philosophy Review, and Journal of French & Francophone Philosophy. He has also written on politics for a popular audience in SlateThe Guardian, and The Washington Post.


 Teaching and Research interests: Contemporary Political Theory; Critical Theory; the Far Right; Politics and Economy; Mass Incarceration.