Professional and Biographical Information
Ph.D., Brown University, 2021
B.A., Morehouse College, 2015
My research interests span political theory, religious studies, historiography and intellectual history, Black studies, philosophy of race and racism, and aesthetics with special attention to the conceptual resources these fields offer in theorizing Black social life and resistance within and beyond capitalism. These interests come together in two separate projects. The first is my book manuscript (in preparation), tentatively titled "Black Beyond the Wound: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Political Theory of Darkwater". The book takes up Du Bois's 1920 book as a cohesive work of political theory; more specifically, I interpret it as an outstanding meditation on the politics of injury, woundedness, and loss. The second is my book (co-authored with Andrew J. Douglas), Prophet of Discontent: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Critique of Racial Capitalism (UGA Press, 2021), which reconstructs, in the work of Martin Luther King Jr., a critical theory of racial capitalism. The book shows how his notion of a "radical revolution of values" was coupled with a sophisticated analysis of capitalist imperialism, state violence, and racial formations, as well as unflinching solidarity with the Black working class.
I teach courses in black studies and political science. In one way or another, all of my courses examine the various and conflicting political-philosophical debates animating Black Atlantic political culture in the twentieth century. These horizons emerge not only by paying attention to the realm of formal politics and protest but also to the realm of oppositional cultural production via literature, art, music, and performance. I teach, for example, a course titled "Lovers and Friends" which explores democratic sociality through the lens of Black writers, artists, and activists. We trace ideas about about love, trust, sacrifice, civic obligation, and frienship as central ideas to how Black people in the United States and beyond sought to build democratic political culture in the face of their domination and oppression. We read across discplines, genres, artistic mediums, geographies, time periods, and movements in order to paint a more or less cohesive picture of political resistance.
Loggins, J., & Douglas, A. J. (2021). Prophet of Discontent: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Critique of Racial Capitalism. Athens: University of Georgia Press.
Loggins, J. (forthcoming). “Revisiting ‘Beyond Vietnam’: King and the Politics of Black Internationalism” in A New History of American Political Thought, ed. Susan McWilliams and Nicholas Buccola. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Loggins, J. (2022). “W.E.B Du Bois, the Negro Problem, and the Case Against Black Involvement in War” in Globalizing Political Theory, ed. By Katherine Adams Gordy, Shirin Deylami, and Smita Rahman. New York, NY: Routledge Press.
Loggins, J. (forthcoming). "Whistling Past the Graveyard" in 50th Anniversity Issue of Political Theory.
Loggins, J. (2022). "Who Decides What We Do with Our Despair?" American Political Thought, 11(1), 125–140.
Loggins, J. (forthcoming). “Black Radicalism in the United States” in Routledge Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, ed. Alana Lentin and Maria Elena Indelicato.
Loggins, J.A. (2019). [Review of the book To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr ed. by Tommie Shelby and Brandon M. Terry]. The Pluralist 14(3), 116-122.
Cedric Robinson's Radical Democracy
The Lost Promise of Black Study