The Ideology of Creole Revolution: Imperialism and Independence in American and Latin American Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
The American and Latin American independence movements emerged from distinctive settings and produced divergent results, but they were animated by similar ideas. Patriotic political theorists throughout the Americas offered analogous critiques of imperial rule in the years leading up to their rebellions, designed comparable constitutions immediately after independence had been won, and expressed common ambitions for their new nations’ future relations with one another and the rest of the world. This book adopts a hemispheric perspective on the revolutions that liberated the United States and Spanish America, offering a unified interpretation of their most important political ideas. It argues that the many points of agreement it describes amongst revolutionary political theorists in different parts of the Americas can be attributed to the problems they encountered in common as Creoles, that is, as the descendants of European settlers born in the Americas. The book illustrates and supports this interpretation by comparing the political thought of three important Creole revolutionaries: Alexander Hamilton of the United States, Simón Bolívar of Venezuela, and Lucas Alamán of Mexico. By showing that the ideas of the American independence movements were more similar than has usually been acknowledged, the book challenges established accounts not only of American and Latin American political thought, but also of the Americas’ comparative political and economic development, and the history of inter-American relations.
Table of Contents and Sample Chapter
Reviews in: Perspectives on Politics, Political Theory.
"The Americas' More Perfect Unions: New Institutional Insights from Comparative Political Theory" Perspectives on Politics (December 2014), 808-828.
“Simón Bolívar’s Republican Imperialism: Another Ideology of American Revolution" History of Political Thought, (Summer 2012), 280-304.
“From the American System to the Anglo-Saxon Union: Scientific Racism and Supra-Nationalism in Nineteenth Century North America” in Andrew J. Arato, Jean L. Cohen, and Astrid von Busekist, eds., Forms of Pluralism and Democratic Constitutionalism (Columbia University Press, 2018).
"A Conversation with Karl Marx on Why there is no Socialism in the United States" in Richard Ned Lebow, Peer Schouten, and Hidemi Suganami, eds., The Return of the Theorists: Dialogues with Great Thinkers in International Relations (London: Palgrave Macmillan 2016), 134-142.
“Here’s why Obama honored Cuban hero José Martí in Havana” Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog, 23 March 2016.
Reviews and Review Essays:
“Beyond Origins: Rethinking Founding in a Time of Constitutional Democracy by Angélica Maria Bernal”, Political Theory, forthcoming 2018.
“Living Ideology in Cuba: Socialism in Principle and Practice by Katherine A. Gordy”, Inter-American Journal of Philosophy, forthcoming 2018.
"Reordering the World: Essays on Liberalism and Empire by Duncan Bell" Review of Politics (Forthcoming 2017).
“State and Nation Making in Latin America and Spain: Republics of the Possible by Miguel A. Centeno and Agustin E. Ferraro”, Perspectives on Politics volume 13, no. 3 (September 2015), 51-2.
“State and Citizen: British America and the Early United States by Peter Thompson and Peter S. Onuf”, Journal of American Studies volume 47, number 1 (February 2015), 187-88.
“The Color of Citizenship: Race, Modernity, and Hispanic/Latin American Political Thought by Diego A. von Vacano”, Perspectives on Politics, volume 11, number 1 (March 2013), 303-5.
“The United States as Settler Empire”, settler colonial studies, volume 2, number 1 (2012), 253-67.
“The Empire of Civilization: Evolution of an Imperial Idea by Brett Bowden”, Yale Journal of International Affairs, volume 5, issue 2 (Spring-Summer 2010), 151-5.
Work in Progress:
Article: "Institutions, Ideologies, and Comparative Political Theory" (revise and resubmit).
Article: "José Martí's Immanent Critique of American Imperialism".
Article: “Hugo Chávez and the Latin American Tradition of Populist Internationalism” (with Gina Parody).
Article: “Canonization, Comparative Political Theory, and the Problem of Anachronism” (with Paulina Ochoa-Espejo and Thomas J. Donahue).
Article: "Authoritarianism with Adjectives" (with Thea Riofrancos).
Book: Our Americas: Internationalism and the Intellectual Evolution of Inter-American Relations