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Jaskirat Hothi


race, colonialism, capitalism, and empire; modern liberal thought; Marxist theory; Sikh philosophy

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I am a third-year student and recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship for Graduate Study & 2021-2022 Mentored Research Award. I received my BA (summa cum laude) in English Honors and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies from the University of Washington in 2019.

My research orbits around the philosophies of modern liberalism, Marxism, and Sikhism. By situating the abstract promises and pillars of modern liberal thought in slavery, colonialism, capitalism, and empire, I read Marx’s materialist theory as a refusal of the abstractions that form the backbone of modern liberal onto-epistemologies. Neither commensurable with materialist theory nor incompatible with it, I situate Sikh philosophy against liberalism’s abstract affirmations, as a unique understanding of the entanglement of the material, the political, and the spiritual.