Participating Scholars

Arendt on Earth brings together a number of established and emerging scholars from a range of fields for four thematically focused workshops: W1 “Beginnings” (Spring 2019); W2 “Earth & Expropriation” (Fall 2019); W3 “Technologies & Instruments” (Spring 2020); W4 “Plurality: The ‘law of the Earth’” (Fall 2020). Our aim is to create opportunities for productive intellectual and scholarly collaboration among participants of all four workshops, before we reconvene to share our work in a public conference in Spring 2021.

Workshop I: Beginnings

The inaugural workshop focuses on clarifying the ways in which Arendt’s work can be a productive foundation for subsequent thematic workshops.


Peg Birmingham

Peg Birmingham is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. She is the author of Hannah Arendt and Human Rights: The Predicament of Common Responsibility (Indian UP, 2006), co-editor (with Philippe van Haute), Dissensus Communis: Between Ethics and Politics (Koros, 1996) and co-editor (with Anna Yeatman), Aporia of Rights: Citizenship in an Era of Human Rights (Bloomsbury, 2014). She is the editor of Philosophy Today.  

Ayten Gündoğdu

Ayten Gündoğdu is Associate Professor of Political Science at Barnard College–Columbia University. Her research on human rights, migration, and sovereignty draws on modern and contemporary European political thought, critical human rights studies, and international political and legal theory. Gündoğdu is the author of Rightlessness in an Age of Rights: Hannah Arendt and the Contemporary Struggles of Migrants (Oxford University Press, 2015), and is working on a book-length project on migrant deaths resulting from increasingly lethal border control policies. 


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Patchen Markell

Patchen Markell is Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University. He is finishing a book on Hannah Arendt's political thought called Politics Against Rule: Hannah Arendt and The Human Condition. He is one of the general editors of the new bilingual Critical Edition of the Complete Works of Hannah Arendt, whose initial volume, The Modern Challenge to Tradition: Fragmente eines Buchs, was published by Wallstein Verlag in October 2018.

Linda M.G. Zerilli

Linda Zerilli is the Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. She has written extensively on Arendt, including in her most recent book, A Democratic Theory of Judgment (Chicago University Press, 2016), and in Feminism and the Abyss of Freedom (University of Chicago Press, 2005).