Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
: Building 4S
BS, Georgetown University
PhD, CUNY Graduate Center
Biography / Academic Interests
Jeffrey Bussolini was educated at Georgetown University, CUNY Graduate Center, the Sorbonne (Paris I), and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. His primary areas of research inquiry are ethnography of national security institutions, social philosophies of sovereignty and violence, animal-human interactions, and TV/film studies. He has conducted ethnographic and historical research on Los Alamos and related sites since 1990. Dr. Bussolini is the director of the Avenue B Multi-Studies Center, which promotes long-term data intensive research and the fine-grained theoretical interpretation of results, and the Center for Feline Studies/Feline Interaction Laboratory, the first center of its kind conducting non-invasive relational studies on domestic cat social ecology. He is a foremost scholar of Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben in the United States, especially pertaining to issues of sovereignty, violence, biopolitics, war, and the explicit philosophical interpretation of Foucault's work by Agamben.
Professor Bussolini has 15 years teaching experience and teaches introductory sociology, ethnography/community studies, research methods, social theory and sociological thought, Presocratic philosophy, philology, ontology, and the philosophies of science and technology. He emphasizes reading, research, and interpretational skills in his classes.
Scholarship / Publications
Selected publications include:
Los Alamos/National Security:
The Culture of National Security Science: Los Alamos and Wen Ho Lee, Duke University Press, 2010.
"Corporate Involvement with the Defense Industry in Los Alamos and Increase in the Business Management Model," in Securitization of Everyday Life, ed. Vida Bajc, Routledge Press, 2010.
“Activism and Radical Democracy in New Mexico’s Nuclear Ecology: Scale and Participation in Citizen Action,” in Another State is Possible, Activism, Global Justice and Radical Democracy, ed. Neil Smith, Omar Dahbour, Heather Gautney, and Ashley Dawson. Routledge Press, 2009.
"Ongoing Founding Events in the Work of Carl Schmitt and Giorgio Agamben," Telos, Spring 2010.
"Michel Foucault's Influence on the Work of Giorgio Agamben," in Foucault in the 21st Century, ed. Sam Binkley and Jorge Capetillo, Cambridge, Cambridge Press, 2009.
“Geopolitical Interpretation of Serenity,” in Investigating Firefly and Serenity: Science Fiction on the Frontier, ed. Rhonda V. Wilcox and Tonya Cochran, London, I.B. Tauris, 2008.
“Sangue, Vampiri e Cristianità,” in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Legittimare la Cacciatrice, ed Barbara Maio, Bulzoni Editore, Roma, 2007.
“Los Alamos is the Hellmouth,” Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies, no. 18, vol 5, no 2, November, 2005.