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Kristofer Petersen-Overton

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Academic Division: History & Society

Bio

Kristofer J. Petersen-Overton is a scholar of political theory. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 2017 from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) and his scholarly work centers on atrocity, transgressive violence, and structural injustice. His writing has appeared in Contemporary Political Theory, Arab Studies Quarterly, The Guardian, Politics/Letters, and WarScapes, among others. He is a co-translator of a forthcoming book, Lex Icon (Ugly Duckling Press, 2022), by the Portuguese writer Salette Tavares and he is currently writing a book on the concept of atrocity in global political thought. He is a co-editor at Sputnik & Fizzle, a small press that publishes annotated lectures by artists, activists, and scholars. Kris lives in Cambridge, MA with his partner and daughter.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
  • MS, Aalborg University
  • BA, San Diego State University

Academic Interest / Expertise

Violence, structural injustice, political responsibility, ignorance, green political thought, American political thought, music and politics, etc.

Courses

  • Degree Courses 2022

    • FCI 1000 FOUNDATIONS OF CRITICAL INQUIRY
    • HSS 2030 US POLITICS
    • CVA 2015 POLITICAL THOUGHT
  • Degree Courses 2021

    • FCI 1000 FOUNDATIONS OF CRITICAL INQUIRY
    • HSS 2030 US POLITICS
    • CVA 2015 POLITICAL THOUGHT

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Petersen-Overton, K.J. (2021). Perpetuation as perpetration: Wrongful benefit and responsibility for historical injustice. Contemporary Political Theory. Page: 22. link
  • Petersen-Overton, K.J. (2011). Academic Freedom & Palestine. Arab Studies Quarterly. Vol: 33, Issue: 3/4. Pluto Journals. link
  • Petersen-Overton, K.J. (2008). Counting Heads: Israel’s Demographic Imperative. Interdisciplinary Journal of International Studies.

Books

  • Petersen-Overton, K.J. (2022). Lex Icon. Ugly Ducking Presse. link

Book Chapters

  • Petersen-Overton, K.J. (2017). A Problem Grows in Brooklyn: We Will Not Be Silenced: The Academic Repression of Israel's Critics. Page: 84-97. AK Press. link
  • Petersen-Overton, K.J. (2010). Retooling Peace Philosophy: A Critical Look At Israel’s Separation Strategy: Peace Philosophy in Action. Page: 43-76. Palgrave-MacMillan. link

Presentations

  • The Bull of Phalaris: Atrocity and Political Theory Petersen-Overton, K. Association For Political Theory, Irvine, CA (2019)
  • Overlooking Atrocities: On Liberal-Democratic State Violence Petersen-Overton, K. American Political Science Association, Boston, MA (2018)
  • Thresholds of Atrocity: Liberal Violence and the Politics of Moral Vision Petersen-Overton, K. American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA (2017)
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Professional Services

  • Reviewer, Journal Article Journal of Social Philosophy (2016 - Present)