Mathieu Hikaru Desan

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Graduate Student

  • Fields of Study
    • Culture and Knowledge
    • Power, History, and Social Change
  • About

    My name is Mathieu Hikaru Desan and I'm a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Michigan. My dissertation is on the political transformation of dissident French Socialists into fascists during the interwar period and World War II. I'm particularly interested in the discursive mutations that accompanied this transformation and their relation to changes in the political field. My other interests include social theory, the history of sociology, and urban sociology. I've published on these topics in Sociological Theory, History of the Human Sciences, and Thesis Eleven.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan (2016 - expected)
    • M.A., Sociology, University of Michigan (2009)
    • B.A., Sociology (with High Honors), Wesleyan University (2005)
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Social Theory
    • History of Sociology
    • Comparative-Historical Sociology
    • Political Sociology
    • Critical Sociology
    • Social Movements
    • Sociology of Culture
    • Urban Sociology
  • Dissertation Title
    • "Order, Authority, Nation: Neo-Socialism and the Fascist Destiny of an Anti-Fascist Discourse"
  • Dissertation Committee
    • George Steinmetz (Chair), Robert Jansen, Howard Kimeldorf, Howard Brick (History), Gisèle Sapiro (CNRS/EHESS)