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Gopal Balakrishnan

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Gopal Balakrishnan
Born (1966-02-27) February 27, 1966 (age 54)[1]
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D., 1998) (M.A., 1993)
Cornell University (B.A., 1989)[2]
Thesis'The Enemy: An Intellectual Portrait of Carl Schmitt' (1998)
Doctoral advisorRogers Brubaker, Robert Brenner, Perry Anderson[3]
Academic work
Sub-disciplineEuropean Intellectual History
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Santa Cruz (2005-2019)
University of Chicago (2001-2005)[4]

Gopal Balakrishnan was a professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, working on political thought, intellectual history, and critical theory.

Balakrishnan studied European intellectual history and historical sociology at UCLA during the 1990s with Perry Anderson, Robert Brenner, Rogers Brubaker, and Michael Mann.

Prior to moving to Santa Cruz, he was an assistant professor at the University of Chicago.

In 2017, a number of people published allegations that Balakrishnan had committed sexual assault on multiple occasions. UC Santa Cruz launched an investigation in 2017 that was extended in May 2018.[5][6] In October 2018, Balakrishnan remained on paid administrative leave.[7][8][9][10] He was subsequently dropped as a member of the editorial board of the New Left Review.[4] In September 2019, he was fired from his position at UCSC over his actions of sexual misconduct, becoming the first tenured faculty member to be fired at UCSC.[11][12]

Selected publications


  • Balakrishnan, Gopal; Anderson, Benedict, eds. (1996). "Mapping the nation". Verso. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  • Balakrishnan, Gopal (2000). "The enemy: an intellectual portrait of Carl Schmitt". Verso. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  • Balakrishnan, Gopal, ed. (2003). "Debating Empire". Verso. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  • Balakrishnan, Gopal (2009). "Antagonistics: capitalism and power in an age of war". Verso. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)


Review of the book Empire by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri.
Review of the book The Shield of Achilles by Philip Bobbitt.
Review of the book Valences of the Dialectic by Frederic Jameson.


  1. ^ Balakrishnan, Gopal (1998). The Enemy: An Intellectual Portrait of Carl Schmitt (Ph.D.). University of California, Los Angeles. p. iv. OCLC 41036825. ProQuest 304448547.
  2. ^ a b Balakrishnan 1998, p. iv.
  3. ^ Balakrishnan 1998, p. ii.
  4. ^ a b Faculty Homepage at UC Santa Cruz
  5. ^ "Some Called It "Vigilante Justice." But An Anonymous Campaign Triggered A Real Investigation Into A UC Santa Cruz Professor". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  6. ^ Gladu, Sydney. "Sexual Harassment and Assault Allegations Build Against UCSC Professor | City on a Hill Press". Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  7. ^ Johnson, Laretta (2018-10-04). "Balakrishnan Case Closed". City on a Hill Press. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  8. ^ "Professor at UC-Santa Cruz Disputes Sexual-Assault Accusations". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2017-12-03. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  9. ^ Coleman, Mary (2017-12-04). "Multiple allegations against UCSC professor claim he sexually assaulted/harassed them". KION-TV. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  10. ^ Kulkarni, Bhargavi (2018-01-19). "Calif. professor denies sexual harassment charges". India Abroad. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  11. ^ "Statement on dismissed faculty member|". UCSC Public Affairs. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  12. ^ "UC Santa Cruz Has Fired A Professor After He Violated The University's Harassment Policy". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2018-09-24.

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