Assistant Professor of Political Science
Fields of Study:
Modern political theory (19th-20th century, empire and settler colonialism)
Native American and Indigenous Political Thought
David Temin is a political theorist whose research and teaching spans American political thought, Native American studies and politics, comparative and global political thought, and postcolonial and critical race studies. His research explores how the diverse strands of anticolonial thought help to reconsider central dilemmas of social and environmental justice in empire’s wake, as well as refashioning political concepts such as sovereignty and land. In this vein, Temin is currently finishing a book entitled Remapping Sovereignty: Indigenous Political Thought and the Politics of Decolonization, which bridges political-intellectual history and conceptual analysis to show how key 20th-century Indigenous intellectuals and activists in lands today claimed by Canada and the United States reshaped the philosophical substance and normative goals of “decolonization.” The book traces how these conceptual moves and practical efforts to enact decolonization hinged on heavily debated projects of disentangling self-determination from the sovereign-state, the restitution of dispossessed land, autonomy and safety for Indigenous women, and care-based duties of ecological stewardship. He has also published research in venues such as Political Theory, Perspectives on Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and European Journal of Political Theory. Temin will be the John Rich Faculty Fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities in 2021-22.
You can view his personal website here and academia.edu website here for a more complete list of publications, teaching, and other professional activities.