Jonah Clifford

Jonah Clifford

Program
MA, Political Science

I am a MA student in the Political Science and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought program. My research interests include contemporary political theories of modernity, anthropogenesis, anthropotechnics, philosophy of transmission/inscriptions, critical geopolitics of immigration, and politics of emotions. My current work focuses on developing a history of western political theory’s utilization of anxiety (starting from the 15th century until the present) and its intertwining relations to medical discourse in psychology and neuroscience; theo-ontological perspectives; and psychoanalysis. I focus on how discourses concerning anxiety are utilized to create category divisions of human/animal, soul/body, Being/non-being, citizen/alien, as well as tenuous reversals of those categories.