F. Nick Nesbitt

Office Phone
312 East Pyne
Office Hours
Tuesday: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm


Nick Nesbitt received his PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures (French) with a Minor in Brazilian Portuguese from Harvard University. He has previously taught at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and at Miami University (Ohio), and in 2003-4 he was a Mellon Fellow at the Cornell University Society for the Humanities. He is the author of Caribbean Critique: Antillean Critical Theory from Toussaint to Glissant (Liverpool 2013); Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment (Virginia 2008); and Voicing Memory: History and Subjectivity in French Caribbean Literature (Virginia 2003). He is also the editor of The Concept in Crisis: Reading Capital Today (Duke 2017), Toussaint Louverture: The Haitian Revolution (Verso, 2008); co-editor of Revolutions for the Future: May '68 and the Prague Spring (Suture 2020); and co-editor (with Brian Hulse) of Sounding the Virtual: Gilles Deleuze and the Philosophy of Music (Ashgate 2010). For 2019-21, he is the recipient of a GAČR grant as Senior Researcher at the Philosophical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. His next book is entitled, The Price of Slavery: Capitalism and Revolution in the Caribbean.

Teaching and Research Interests

   •    Haitian, French-Caribbean and African Studies
   •    Postcolonial and Critical Theory
   •    Capitalism and Slavery
   •    Special interest in the work of Aimé Césaire, Althusser, Badiou, John Coltrane, and Marx