Reid Kleinberg

Fixed Term Teacher
Department of Sociology and Criminology
Assistant Lecturer
School of Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies
 Reid Kleinberg


Ask me about
  • left-Populism, Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, post-Marxism


I am a political theorist with an interest in continental philosophy, contemporary left-wing politics, and the fate of the nation-state in our globalizing world. My dissertation utilized post-structuralist discourse theory and contemporary political theory to investigate the normative and strategic problems that arise when left-populist movements attempt to articulate the 'nation' as empty signifiers or privileged nodes in their discourse. I focused on the case of Jean-Luc Mélenchon's 2017 presidential campaign in France. I have been published in The New Pretender, the Journal of Political Power and with Bloomsbury.


  • MA The University of Chicago (2018)

  • BA Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2016)

Research and professional activities


On the Limits of a Left-Populist Nationalism: A Radical Democratic Critique of Jean-Luc Mélenchons Neo-Republicanism, 2015-2017



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