Lester Andrist, PhD
New York University
My interests include understanding systems of inequality at the intersections of race, class, and gender. In recent work, I have examined the Global War on Terror and its impact on the racialization of Arabs and Muslims in the United States and abroad. In my dissertation, The Guantánamo Trials: Sovereignty and Subject Formation in the War on Terror, I examine how the creation and maintenance of the detention camps at Guantánamo Bay should not only be viewed as an instance of the state reasserting its sovereign power, but also as a means of positioning Arabs and Muslims as racialized enemies of the state. Indefinite detention, by these terms, should be understood as a system that creates the very threats it claims to contain.
I have taught a number of undergraduate-level courses including the Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Gender, Social Problems, and Statistics for Social Science. In previous work I have explored a broad range of topics including guanxi networks among job seekers in Taiwan, patriarchy and the dark side of social capital in India, as well as the changes in marital timing in India. I have contributed to the scholarship on teaching and learning by writing about the emergence of a new form of ironic sexism and how educators can deal with it. I have also co-authored a paper that seeks to develop a video pedagogy.
I hold a PhD and an MA in Sociology from the University of Maryland, and a BA in Sociology from the University of Minnesota.