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Brian Lovato

Brian C. Lovato

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Brian Lovato has experience in teaching, research and labor organizing. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his research focuses on social movements, identity politics and critical Marxist theory. His first book, Democracy, Dialectics, and Difference, was released by Routledge in 2016. It draws upon the work of Raya Dunayevskaya, C.L.R. James and Cornelius Castoriadis to argue for a renewal of the Marxist tradition grounded in radical democracy and Hegelian thought.

Dr. Lovato also is a founding editor of “Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics,” an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that seeks to publish radically oriented articles, essays, interviews and art. He is active in the Western Political Science Association, through the Radical and Decolonial Politics working group. He comes to the Quad Cities from Oakland, Calif., with his partner, Stephanie, and their two dachshunds.

Specializations: Political theory, Social movements


  • B.A., Political Science, California Baptist University
  • M.A., Politics, The New School for Social Research, New York
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara