• Bio:

    Leonard Feldman’s research and teaching are in contemporary political theory and public law. He is the author of Citizens Without Shelter: Homelessness, Democracy, and Political Exclusion (Cornell University Press, 2004), which critically examines the policing of homeless people and the criminalization of homelessness using the resources of critical and democratic theory. His articles, on such topics as emergency powers, Locke’s theory of prerogative, and policing, have appeared in Political Theory, Law, Culture and the Humanities, Studies in Law, Politics and Society, Theory & Event and Polity, as well as in several edited volumes. He currently serves as the Associate Editor for political theory of Polity. Prior to coming to CUNY he was a Mellon Foundation post-doctoral fellow at Grinnell College, and an assistant and an associate professor at the University of Oregon. In 2007- 2008 he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His current project brings concepts from legal theories of emergency powers to bear upon policing in the United States and its review by the courts.

  • Recent Publications:
    • “Police Violence and the Legal Temporalities of Immunity,” Theory & Event 20:2 (April 2017).
    • “Police Reform and Neoliberalism,” in Sanford Schram and Marianna Pavlovskaya, eds., Rethinking Neoliberalism (New York: Routledge, forthcoming).
    • “Eminent Domain and the Rhetorical Construction of Sovereign Necessity.” Co-authored with Daniel Skinner. Law, Culture and the Humanities 11:3 (October 2015): 393-413.
    • “Necessity,” in Michael Gibbons, ed., Encyclopedia of Political Thought (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014): 2539–2543.
  • Research Areas: Policing, Political Theory