Dr. Utz McKnight

Dr. Utz McKnight



  • PhD, Lund University, Sweden, 1996
  • BA, Swarthmore College, 1986

Research Areas

  • Political Theory


Office Hours

By Appointment Only

Research Interests

Dr. McKnight’s current research considers the importance of theoretical work on sovereignty, the state, and politics. He is interested in how race is used to describe social communities in the US. His next research project will focus on the theoretical description of racial violence, the irruption of sovereignty, and the politics of race after Obama.

Selected Publications

  • Race and the Politics of the Exception: Equality, Sovereignty, and American Democracy (Routledge Press, 2013).
  • The Everyday Practice of Race in America: Ambiguous Privilege (Routledge Press, 2010).
  • Political Liberalism and the Politics of Race (Lund University Press, 1996).