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Jeffrey Bussolini

Associate Professor

Jeffrey Bussolini was educated at Georgetown, CUNY Graduate Center, the Sorbonne (Université de Paris I) and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and is a sociologist, philosopher, and historian of technology by training. His areas of inquiry are: ailourography (etho-ethnography), ethnography of national security institutions, ancient and contemporary philosophy (including presocratics and critical philosophies of violence, war, and state power), and television studies.  He has conducted ethnographic and historical study of Los Alamos and related nuclear security sites since 1991 and etho-ethnographic study of feline-human interactions since 1995.  He has translated French and Italian works for English publication.  He has been visiting professor at Macquarie University (CRSI, CISAB) and University of New South Wales (Environmental Humanities).

His classes emphasize reading, research, and interpretational skills.


BS, Georgetown University

PhD, CUNY Graduate Center

Scholarship and Publications

“Recent French, Belgian and Italian work in the cognitive science of animals: Dominique Lestel, Vinciane Despret, Roberto Marchesini and Giorgio Celli” Social Science Information, vol. 52 no. 2,   June 2013, 187-209Feline Sociologist, Lil Bub and Friendz, VICE Media, Tribeca Film Festival, 2013“Television Intertextuality After Buffy: Intertextuality of Casting and Constitutive Intertextuality” Slayage: The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association 10.1 [35] Winter 2013, 1-38“Los Alamos as Laboratory for Domestic Security Measures: Nuclear Age Battlefield Transformations and the Ongoing Permutations of Security,” Geopolitics, 16:2, 2011, 329-358“What is a Dispositive?” Foucault Studies 10, November 2010, 85-107“Toward Cat Phenomenology: A search for animal being,” Found Object 8, Spring 2000, 155-185(Forthcoming) Translation of Dominique Lestel Les Amis de mes Amis/ The Friends of My Friends: On Animal Friendship, Columbia University Press.


Contact Information

Office: Building 4S Room 232
Fax: 718.982.3794