Isaac D. Balbus

Professor Emeritus


Ph.D.University of Chicago, 1970

Fields of Interest:
Political Theory: Feminism, Psychoanalysis, Ecology, Critical Theory

Selected Publications:
Governing Subjects: Introduction to the Study of Politics, Routledge, (forthcoming December 2009).

"The Psycho-Dynamics of Racial Reparations," Psychoanalysis, Cultural & Society (9) 2004.

"Mourning the Movement," Soundings 14 (Spring 2000), 39-52. 

Emotional Rescue: The Theory and Practice of a Feminist Father. (Routledge, 1998).

Marxism and Domination, (Princeton University Press, 1982).
The Dialectics of Legal Repression, (Russell Sage Foundation, 1973)

"De-Kleining Feminist Mothering Theory?", Theory & Society, 21 (1992), 817-835.

"Disciplining Women: Michel Foucault and the Power of Feminist Discourse", in Seyla Benhabib and Drucilla Cornell, eds., Feminism as Critique, (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1987),110-127.

"The Missing Dimension: Self-Reflexivity and the 'New Sensibility'", in John Bokina and Timothy J. Lukes, eds., Marcuse: From the New Left to the Next Left, (University of Kansas Press, 1994), 106-117.

Emotional Rescue: The Theory and Practice of a Feminist Father.(Routledge, 1998).

Mourning and Modernity:  Essays in the Psychoanalysis of Contemporary Society (Other Press, 2005).

Current Research Areas:

A psychoanalytically informed study of Fundamentalism.

Selected Activities and Honors:

Co-winner of the C. Wright Mills Prize of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, for - The Dialectics of Legal Repression, 1974.

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Contact Information

Office: 1122C BSB, MC 276
Office Phone: (312) 413-2185
Fax: (312) 413-0440