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Feisal Mohamed
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-8432
Room Number: 4406.09
Office Hours: Thursdays 10:00-11:00
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., U of Toronto (2003)
Research Interests: early modern poetry, with emphasis on John Milton; literature and legal history; political theory; religious studies.
Specialization: Early Modern Literature|Philosophy and Literature|Postcolonial, Transnational, and Global Literature and Theory
Feisal Mohamed is currently at work on two book projects. The first will extend his work on sovereignty and legitimacy into consideration of England’s rapidly evolving international role in the seventeenth century, with a focus on colonial corporations and varieties of unfree labor. The second book seeks to develop a theory of tyrannicide for our time, exploring among other possibilities the value of resistance theory in confronting the tyrant against the environment.

A past president of the Milton Society of America, his work has been supported by a Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship, which provided second-discipline training in law. He has been awarded the Milton Society of America’s James Holly Hanford Award for Milton and the Post-Secular Present, and, with co-editor Mary Nyquist, its Irene Samuel Award for the collection Milton and Questions of History. In addition to scholarly venues, his writing has appeared in The Yale Review, The American Scholar, The Chronicle ReviewDissent MagazineHuffington Post, the website of The New Republic, and The New York Times.

With Marcus Keller and Ellen McClure, Mohamed edits the Northwestern University Press series “Rethinking the Early Modern.”

Selected publications:

Sovereignty: Seventeenth-Century England and the Making of the Modern Political Imaginary. Oxford UP, 2020

Milton and the Post-Secular Present: Ethics, Politics, Terrorism. Stanford UP, 2011.

In the Anteroom of Divinity: The Reformation of the Angels from Colet to Milton. U of Toronto P, 2008.

Edited collections:
with Patrick Fadely. Milton’s Modernities. Northwestern UP, 2017.

with Gordon Hutner. A New Deal for the Humanities: Liberal Arts and the Future of Public Higher Education. Rutgers UP, 2015.

with Mary Nyquist. Milton and Questions of History: Essays by Canadians Past and Present. U of Toronto P, 2012.

Recent articles and book chapters:
Raison d’´etat, Religion, and the Body in The Rape of Lucrece.” Special issue, “Religions in Shakespeare’s Writings.” Ed. David V. Urban. Religions 10.7 (2019): 426.
“Milton’s Late Poems as Anti-Liturgy.” Special issue, “Renaissance Futures.” Eds. John Garrison and Marissa O. Nicosia. Explorations in Renaissance Culture 45 (2019): 71-90.
“The Military, the Islamists, and the Battle over Egypt’s Constitution.” Making the New Middle East: Politics, Culture, and Human Rights. Ed. Valerie J. Hoffman. Syracuse UP, 2019. 90-108.
“‘I Alone Can Solve’: Carl Schmitt on Sovereignty and Nationhood under Trump.” Trump and Political Philosophy. Vol. 2: Leadership, Statesmanship, and Tyranny. Eds. Marc B. Sable and Angel Jaramillo Torres. Palgrave Macmillan/Springer, 2018. 293-309.
“The Political Theology of Betrayal: Hobbes’ Uzzah, and Schmitt’s Hobbes.” Special issue, “The Varieties of Political Theology.” Eds. Jason A. Kerr and Ben LaBreche. Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 18.2 (2018): 11-33.
Memorial, Performance, and Tragic Action in Samson Agonistes.” A New Companion to Milton. Ed. Thomas N. Corns. Oxford: Wiley, 2016. 493-502.

"Milton's Enmity toward Islam and the Intellectus Agens." Special issue, "Reading Milton through Islam." Ed. David Currell and Fran├žois-Xavier Gleyzon. English Studies 96 (2015): 65-81.
Selected essays:
Do They Dare to Impeach?Yale Review (online), Jan 2020.
What is an Emergency?Yale Review (online), Jan 2019.
Letter from Israel: Occupational Hazards.” The American Scholar, Fall 2017: 6-13.
Arendt, Schmidt, and Trump’s Politics of ‘Nation.’” “The Stone,” moderated by Simon Critchley. New York Times Opinionator 23 July 2016. Available at