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Tim Luke

Interim Director and University Distinguished Professor, Government and International Affairs (GIA)
Tim Luke
140 Otey St
Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • Ph.D., Political Science, Washington University, St. Louis, 1981
  • M.A., Political Science, Washington University, St. Louis, 1977
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Arizona, 1972
  • B.A., Government and English, University of Arizona, 1972
  • PSCI/GIA 5214: Contemporary Political Theory
  • PSCI/GIA 5224: Alternative Perspectives in Political Theory


  • The Arab-African Connection: Political and Economic Realities, Victor T. Le Vine and Timothy W. Luke, (New York: Routledge, 2019), xiv, 155. Reissued new Routledge edition of 1979 Westview edition from the Westview Special Studies on Africa/The Middle East series.
  • Democracy and Populism: The Telos Essays by Alain de Benoist, co-edited with Russell A. Berman (Candor, NY: Telos Press Publishing, 2018).
  • Guns, Violence, and Public Life, co-edited with Ben Agger (Paradigm Publishers, 2014).
  • Putting Knowledge to Work, Letting Information Play, co-edited with Jeremy Hunsinger (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2012).
  • A Journal of No Illusion: Telos, Paul Piccone, and the Americanization of Critical Theory, co-edited with Ben Agger (New York: Telos Press, 2011).
  • There is a Gunman on Campus: Tragedy and Terror at Virginia Tech, co-authored with Ben Agger (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).
  • Museum Pieces: Power Plays at the Exhibition (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002).


  • "Dialectics of Degrading Datafication: The Cultural Politics of Ecological Footprints in Earth System Governance,” The Dialectics of Digital Culture, eds. David Arditti and Jennifer Miller (Lantham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019), 29-46.
  • "Afterword: On Technological Unemployment and Education,” Technological Unemployment and Education, eds. Michael A. Peters, Petar Jandrić, and Alexander J. Means (Singapore: Springer Nature, 2019), 343-349.
  • "Counting Up AR-15s: The Subject of Assault Rifles and Assault Rifles as Subject,” The Lives of Guns, eds. Jonathan Obert, Andrew Poe, and Austin Sarat (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018), 70-92.
  • "The Anthropocene as Eco-Futurology,” Frontiers of Global Sociology: Research Perspectives in the 21st Century, ed. Markus S. Schulz (Berlin: ISA Research, 2018), 11-18.
  • "Lives as Half-Life: The Nuclear Condition and Biopolitical Disaster,” Biopolitical Disaster, ed. Jennifer L. Lawrence and Sarah Marie Wiebe (New York: Routledge, 2018), 47-61.
  • “Caring for the Low Carbon Self: The Government of Self and Others in the World as a Gas Greenhouse,” Towards a Cultural Politics of Climate Change, Devices, Desires, and Dissent, eds. Harriett Bulkeley, Matthew Patterson, and Johannes Stripple (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 66-80.
  • “Sustainability and the City,” Handbook of Cities and the Environment, ed. Kevin Archer and Kris Bezdecny (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2016), 433–53.


  • "The New World Order of Gross Dysfunction and Guided Democracy: ‘Making America Great Again,’” Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary, 188 (Fall 2019), 199-204.
  • "The Nuclear Condition in the Twenty-first Century: Techno-political Aspects in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives” with Richard Beardsworth and Hartmut Behr, Journal of International Political Theory, 15.3 (October 2019), 270-78.
  • "Democracy and Imperialism: The United States and Three Modes of Empire,” Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary, (Winter 2018), 9-34.
  • "Have a Heart for the Holocene: The Politics of Ark Activism, Collaborative Conservation, and Sponsored Survival at Museums,” Fast Capitalism, 15.1 (August, 2018), http//
  • "Reflections from a Damaged Planet: Adorno as Accompaniment to Environmentalism in the Anthropocene,” Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary, 183 (Summer 2018), 9-24.
  • "Spinning Anthropocenarios: Climate Change Narrative as Geopolitics in the Late Holocene,” SPECTRA: The ASPECT Journal, Vol. 6, no. 2 (2018), 42-57.
  • "The Ambiguities of Memory and the Ambivalences of Monuments: Confederate Memorials in America,” Telos, 181 (Winter 2017), 218-222.
  • "Exploring the Chaos of Commodification from the Arcades to the Cascades with Benjamin and Leopold,” Fast Capitalism, 14.1 (August, 2017),
  • "What Must be Done: Sustaining New Political Science After America’s Decades of Decline,” New Political Science, Vol. 39, no. 4 (December, 2017), 487-510.
  • "Science at Dusk in the Twilight of Expertise:  The Worst Hundred Days,” Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary, 179 (Summer 2017), 189-194.
  • “Critical Dialogue,” Timothy W. Luke and Steven Johnston, Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 15, No. 1 (March, 2017), 170-175.
  • “Caught between Vulgar and Effete Realists:  Critical Theory, Classical Realism and the Mythographies of Power,” Journal of International Political Theory 13.1 (February 2017), 18–36.
  • “Seven Days in January: The Trump Administration’s New Environmental Nationalism,” Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary, 178 (Spring 2017), 197-201.
  • “Reconstructing Social Theory and the Anthropocene,” European Journal of Social Theory, Vol. 20, Issue 1 (February, 2017), 80-94.
  • “On the Road to Marrakesh: A Politics of Mitigation or Mystification for Global Climate Change?” Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary, 177 (Winter 2016), 209–18.
  • “Sustainabilization: A Critique of Green Economy(s),” Colorado Critical Review, Vol. 1, no. 1 (Fall 2016),
  • “The Dissipation of Democracy in 2016: On the Emptiness of Elitism and the Poverty of Realism in the Trump Zone,” Fast Capitalism (August, 2016), <>
  • Environment, Ecology, and Politics
  • Governance and Globalization
  • Modern Political and Social Theory
  • Politics of Information Society and Culture
  • Public Culture and Political Economy