biopolitics, neoliberalism, critical race and ethnic studies, urban studies, political sociology, queer theory.
Craig Willse’s work focuses on neoliberalism, urbanism, biopolitics, and racial formations. He is co-editor, with Patricia Clough, of Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death (Duke University Press, 2011).
His current manuscript-in-progress investigates how housing insecurity becomes organized as an object of knowledge and intervention. The project is especially concerned with how racial subordination and poverty are made productive in the context of neoliberal service and knowledge industries, including social services and social sciences. Willse has published on this research in Economy and Society and Surveillance and Society. Willse also works in queer/LGBT studies in an on-going collaboration with legal scholar Dean Spade. Their joint writing has appeared in Widener Law Review, Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage (ed. Ryan Conrad, 2010) and Left Turn. Their multi-media project Free State Epitaph has been produced and screened in New York, Berkeley, Seattle, and Kansas City, MO.
Willse’s scholarship is informed by his political work outside the academy, which has included community organizing around housing access, social movements for trans justice and prison abolition, and queer anarchist anti-war activism. At Mason he is the faculty sponsor for GMU Students Against Israeli Apartheid.
Willse has a BA in Gender Studies from the New College of Florida and a PhD in Sociology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Prior to joining the cultural studies faculty at Mason, he was a visiting scholar with the Center for Ideas and Society, sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies, at the University of California, Riverside and a visiting professor at the College of Wooster in Ohio.