Marcus, David

Field: United States; Advisor: Blake; Year: 2010

David Marcus is a PhD candidate focusing on twentieth-century U.S. intellectual and political history. His research interests include modern political thought, the history of social movements and political institutions in the North Atlantic, and American intellectual culture. His dissertation—“Fugitive Democracy: the 'Long New Left' and the Revival of Democratic Thought in America”—is a study of political thought and protest movements in the United States from the 1950s to the 1970s. A Hofstadter Fellow from 2010 to 2015, he has taught in the Contemporary Civilization Program and recently helped edit a volume of Marshall Berman's essays, Modernism in the Streets.

Outside of Columbia, David is the literary editor of The Nation and editor-at-large of Dissent, where he was  formerly co-editor. He also contributes essays on politics and literature to, among other places, The New RepublicBookforum, and n+1.


Selected publications:

“Men in Space: Tom McCarthy and the Novel of Disenchantment,” The New Republic 

“In Praise of Amateur Politics: Protest Movements and the American Left,” Dissent 

“Dangling Man: Joseph O'Neill and the Cosmopolitan Novel,” Bookforum

“Into the Cave: Sheldon Wolin's Search for Democracy,” Dissent

“Always Come Late! The Radical Life and Times of Irving Howe,” The New Republic

“Marxism with Soul: The Cultural Criticism of Marshall Berman,” The Nation

“States of Emergency: French and American Terror Politics,” (editorial note) Dissent

“La gauche Americaine peut l'emporter en exigeant l'impossible,” Le Monde 

“The Next Majority: Prospects of the Sanders Campaign,” Dissent

“Steady Work: On the Political Work Between the Long and Short Terms,” (editorial note) Dissent

“The Horizontalists: Intellectual and Political Origins of Occupy Wall Street,” Dissent

“A Politics of Ambition: On the Sanders campaign and the Fight for $15,” (editorial note) Dissent

“Worlds in Waiting: The Promise of Little Magazines,” Dissent

“The Ambivalence Artist: The Reluctant Anarchism of J.M. Coetzee,” Dissent

“Meme si Bernie Sanders perdait, un changement radical est en marche,” Le Monde 

“Permanent Emergency: National Security and the Democratic Process,” Dissent

“Citizen Politics: The Left and the New Protest Movements,” (editorial note) Dissent 

“A Washington, une bombe ennemie des libertes,” Le Monde 

“On the Life and Times of Marshall Berman,” n+1

“The Soapbox Left: City Politics and the Left,” (editorial note) Dissent

“Optimism of Intellect: Little Magazines and the Left” (interview), Krytyka Polityczna

“The Gunshot Concert: What Happened to the Political Novel?” Dissent

“Post Hysterics: Zadie Smith and the Austerity Novel,” Dissent

“Los horizontalistas: las ideologia politica de nueva izquierda,” Horizontal

“Memory as Homeland: George Konrad and the Question of Antipolitics,” Dissent