Dr. Derek Denman

Dr. Derek Denman

Political Science

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Derek’s research interests include the militarization of cities and borders, postcolonial theory, the politics of infrastructure, democratic theory, and the history of space, place, and scale in political thought. His doctoral dissertation explored the concept of scale, the relative size of a polity, that has shaped ideas of citizenship and belonging in political thought.

His current research considers the implications of fortification, understood as a distinct form of power, for democratic society and social justice. It examines how the discourse and material practice of fortification, including wall building, electronic surveillance, and the expansion of military and police power, shapes borderscapes and urban spaces.

Derek holds a PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins University. He served as an assistant editor for Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy from 2012-2015. In 2017 he was a participant in the National Endowment for the Humanities (US) Institute, City/Nature: Urban Environmental Humanities. He has taught political theory at Goucher College, Towson University, and Loyola University Maryland.

Selected presentations

“The Mobile Fortress: Armored Personnel Carriers and the Boomerang Effect of Colonization” to be presented at Spaces & Flows: International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, October 2018.

“Targeting Sanctuary: Operation ‘Safe City’ and the Government of Immigration,” to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, March 2018.

“Fortress Architecture and the Politics of Spatial Control,” City/Nature: Urban Environmental Humanities Summer Institute, University of Washington, July 2017.

“Machiavelli’s Cityscapes and the Fortress Architecture of Neoliberalism,” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, March 2016.