Creolizing Political Institutions


  • Jane Anna Gordon UCONN-Storrs



creolizing, political institutions, Fanon, Rousseau


This essay engages the contributions to the forum by Nathalie Etoke, Kevin Bruyneel, Michael Neocosmos, and Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun to consider what it means to creolize political identities, political memory, and political institutions.

Author Biography

Jane Anna Gordon, UCONN-Storrs

Jane Gordon is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Political Science at UCONN, Storrs. Her first book, Why They Couldn’t Wait: A Critique of the Black-Jewish Conflict over Community Control in Ocean Hill-Brownsville was listed by the Gotham Gazette as one of the four best recent books on civil rights. She is co-editor of The Companion to African American Studies, which was the NetLibrary Book of the Month in February 2007, and Not Only the Master’s Tools: African-American Studies in Theory and Practice, Creolizing Rousseau, and Journeys in Caribbean Thought. She is also co-author of Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age and author of Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Fanon. She is completing a co-edited volume, A Political Companion to Richard Wright and a monograph entitled, Statelessness and Contemporary Enslavement. She was the President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association from 2013–2016 during which time she founded the association’s Summer School and its two book series, Creolizing the Canon and Global Critical Caribbean Thought.