Banu Bargu is an assistant professor of Political Science at The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College, teaching political theory. She received her PhD from the Department of Government at Cornell University in 2008. She has received numerous teaching and research awards, including the John M. and Emily B. Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching, Luigi Einaudi Fellowship, and the Janice N. and Milton J. Esman Prize for Best Dissertation. She is currently finishing a book manuscript, Human Weapons: The Death Fast Struggle of Turkey, 2000-2007. Her research and teaching interests include modern, late modern, and critical theory, theories of sovereignty, violence (particularly different forms of political self-sacrifice), labor, and democracy.

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