David Isaac Zeglen

David Isaac Zeglen

David Isaac Zeglen

Graduate Research Assistant

Marxist political economy, Frankfurt school, uneven and combined development, globalization theory, international relations, nationalism, visual culture, the holocaust, celebrity studies, North Korean culture

David started the PhD program in Cultural Studies at George Mason University in 2014. Prior to his PhD studies, David worked for the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, volunteered with Project Hope in the West Bank, worked on a traveling circus ship in Eastern Europe, and taught in South Korea for three and a half years.

For his doctoral dissertation, David is researching the applicability of Trotsky’s concept of uneven and combined development as a theory of cultural globalization.

David currently teaches in the Honors College, and has previously taught in the Cultural Studies department, and in Global Affairs.

Grants and Fellowships

2022: Graduate Residential Fellowship (GMU Center for Humanities Research)

2018: Office of the Provost Summer Research Fellowship (George Mason University)

2018: College of Humanities and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Curriculum Collaborative Grant (George Mason University)

2014-2018: PhD Graduate Fellowship (George Mason University)


Ph.D. Cultural Studies (George Mason University)

M.Sc. Globalization: Politics and Culture (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

M.A. Film and Television Studies (University of East Anglia)

B.F.A Film Studies (Concordia University)

Book Chapters

"It’s The Thought That Counts: North Korea’s Glocalization of the Celebrity Couple and the Mediated Politics of Reform." In Shelley Cobb and Neil Ewen (eds.) First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship, and Cultural Politics (London: Bloomsbury, 2015) 188-210.

Peer-reviewed Articles

“Temporal Ideologies in Uneven and Combined Development,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs (2020)  https://doi.org/10.1080/09557571.2020.1858027

“A Practical Gaze at the Warsaw Ghetto: Excess and Lack in A Film Unfinished,” Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 34.5. 763-775 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2020.1798877

"National Populists: Right-wing Celebrity Politicians in Contemporary Europe,” Celebrity Studies, 11.3. Co-authored with Neil Ewen. 271-286 (2020) https://doi.org/10.1080/19392397.2020.1800665

“The Cult of Russianicity: Mobilizing Anti-Fascist Affect in Putin’s Russia,” Celebrity Studies, 11.3. 351-365 (2020) https://doi.org/10.1080/19392397.2020.1800671

"Basic Income as Ideology from Below," Lateral, 7.2. (2018). http://csalateral.org/section/universal-basic-income/basic-income-ideology-from-below-zeglen/

"Introduction: Political Economies of Basic Income,"Lateral, 7.2. (2018). http://csalateral.org/section/universal-basic-income/basic-income-introduction-zeglen/

"Rockin’ in the unfree world: North Korea’s Moranbong Band and the Celebrity Dictator." Celebrity Studies, 8:1. (2017) 142-150 (2017). doi.org/10.1080/19392397.2016.1272861

Book Reviews 

"'The Foucault Fetish' - A Review of Daniel Zamora and Michael C. Behrent’s Foucault & Neoliberalism," Lateral, 6.2 (2017). http://csalateral.org/reviews/foucault-and-neoliberalism-zamora-behrent-zeglen/

"'How Green was my Media' – A Review of Richard Maxwell and Toby Miller’s Greening the Media," Jump Cut, 57 (2016). https://ejumpcut.org/archive/jc57.2016/-zeglenGreeningMedia/index.html