Professional and Biographical Information

Degrees

Ph.D., Brown University, 2021
B.A., Morehouse College, 2015 

Research Interests

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 in and beyond capitalism. These interests come together in two separate projects. The first is my book manuscript (in preparation), “Darkwater Insurgencies: The Political Aesthetics of Freedom,” which uses W.E.B. Du Bois's 1920 book Darkwater as the basis for articulating the political, social, religious, and aesthetic character of Black insurgency in the 1910s and 20s--the very moment in which a sharp contest is unfolding in the Black world over the meaning of democracy in the wake of intesifying global dispossession and violence. 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. 

Teaching Interests

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 horizons internal to Black Atlantic life in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These horizons emerge not only by paying attention to the realm of formal politics and protest but also to the realm of oppositional culture as can be found in literature, art, music, and print culture. I teach, for example, a course titled “Democracy's Discontents,” which explores issues of democracy by closely tracking the oppositional cultures and politics of twentieth-century Black freedom struggles. We investigate the extent to which these cultures and movements expanded democracy's meaning through vigourous critique. Students in the course use conceptual tools drawn from aesthetics, political theory, cultural studies, and historiography in order to grapple with the significance of Black movements in modern and contemporary political thought. 

Publications

Book

Loggins, J., & Douglas, A. J. (2021). Prophet of Discontent: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Critique of Racial Capitalism.

Review Essay

Loggins, J. (2022). Who Decides What We Do with Our Despair? American Political Thought, 11(1), 125–140. 

Book Review

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.

Links

Cedric Robinson's Radical Democracy 

A Different World 

The Lost Promise of Black Study

The House That Charles Built