David Marcus

Co-editor at Dissent and PhD Candidate at Columbia

David is a PhD candidate focusing on U.S. intellectual and political history at Columbia University. His research interests include modern political thought, American intellectual culture, and the history of social movements and state formations in the North Atlantic. His dissertation “Fugitive Democracy: Political Thought and Action in Dark Times” is a study of democratic thought and activism in the United States from the 1950s to the 1980s. A Hofstadter Fellow from 2010 to 2015, he teaches the history of political thought in Columbia College’s Core Curriculum program.

Outside of graduate school, he is co-editor of Dissent and contributes essays and reviews for, among other places, The New Republic, n+1, and Bookforum.

Selected publications:

Men in Space: Tom McCarthy and the Novel of Disenchantment,” The New Republic (2015)

Into the Cave: Sheldon Wolin and the Political Theory Enterprise,” Dissent (2015)

Always Come Late! The Radical Life and Times of Irving Howe,” The New Republic (2015)

In Praise of Amateur Politics: Protest Movements and the American Left,” Dissent (2015)

A Washington, une bombe ennemie des libertes,” Le Monde (2015)

Permanent Emergency: National Security and the Democratic Process,” Dissent (2015)

Dangling Man: Joseph O'Neill and the Cosmopolitan Novel,” Bookforum (2015)

Citizen Politics: The Left and the New Protest Movements,” (editorial note) Dissent (2015)

Beyond Indecision: On Benjamin Kunkel’s Utopia Or Bust,” Bookforum (2014)

Optimism of Intellect: Little Magazines and the Left,” (interview) Krytyka Polityczna (2014)

The Soapbox Left: City Politics and the Democratic Left,” (editorial note) Dissent (2014)

The Gunshot Concert: What Happened to the Political Novel?” Dissent (2014)

Marxism with Soul: On the Life and Cultural Criticism of Marshall Berman,” n+1 (2013)

Post-Hysterics: Zadie Smith and the Austerity Novel,” Dissent (2013)

The Horizontalists: Intellectual and Political Origins of Occupy Wall Street,” Dissent (2012)

Los horizontalistas: las ideologia politica de nueva izquierda,” Horizontal (2012)

The Ambivalence Artist: The Reluctant Anarchism of J.M. Coetzee,” Dissent (2009)

Memory as Homeland: George Konrad and the Question of Antipolitics,” Dissent (2008)