University of Essex
Reid Kleinberg is a PhD candidate at the University of Essex’s Centre for Ideology and Discourse Analysis. His research interest lies in continental philosophy, contemporary left-wing politics, and the fate of the nation-state in our globalizing world. His doctoral research pursues the question, through the perspective of post-structuralist discourse theory and contemporary political theory, of what normative and strategic problems arise when left-populist movements attempt to articulate the 'nation' as empty signifiers or privileged nodes in their discourse. He is studying this theoretical enigma through the case of Jean-Luc Mélenchon's 2017 presidential campaign in France. Other avenues of Reid’s work addresses the concept of the paranoid style and grassroots politics in the United States, as well as the history of political thought.