Benjamin McKean

Assistant Professor
Faculty

Benjamin McKean is a political theorist whose research concerns global justice, populism, and the relationship between theory and practice. His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Political Theory, and the Journal of Politics. His manuscript _Disposed to Justice_ argues that people subject to unjust institutions and practices should be disposed to solidarity with the others who are also subject to them, even when those relations cross state borders. A neoliberal global economy characterized by inequality, financialization, and transnational supply chains creates a widely shared interest in resisting injustice, grounded in the way that existing institutions impair freedom. Identifying this interest as the basis for solidarity provides a new perspective not only on the possibility of achieving global justice, but on the nature and limits of contemporary egalitarian liberalism. He is also at work on a second book project tentatively titled _Political Freedom and Resentment_ about the relationship between democracy and populism. Before coming to Ohio State, he received his PhD from the Princeton University Department of Politics and was a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago.

Peer-Reviewed Publications
"Toward an Inclusive Populism? On the Role of Race and Difference in Laclau’s Politics" Political Theory Volume 44 Issue 6 (2016): 797-820
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0090591716647771

"What Makes a Utopia Inconvenient? On the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Realist Orientation to Politics" American Political Science Review Volume 110, Issue 4 (November 2016): 876-888
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/american-political-science-review/article/div-classtitlewhat-makes-a-utopia-inconvenient-on-the-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-a-realist-orientation-to-politicsdiv/642E576C82E942C8218916B1F2B2CB67

"Ideal Theory After Auschwitz? The Practical Uses and Ideological Buses of Political Theory as Reconciliation" Journal of Politics (forthcoming) http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/692589

Writing for a Popular Audience
"Is it possible to have populism without racism?" The Monkey Cage
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/05/18/is-it-possible-to-have-populism-without-racism/?utm_term=.0777ac75c10a

Presentations
"Democratizing Global Supply Chains" George Mason University's Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program, April 18, 2017