Andrew Tyner is interested in justice movements and anti-racism in higher education.
I’m currently a graduate student studying political theory, with a particular emphasis on the history of political thought. My academic goals include tracing the history of some of the foundational concepts in justice movements with the goal of revealing any insights they may contain for thinking through contemporary conditions. In other words, to borrow a phrase from Michel Foucault, I’m interested in studying the “history of the present.”
Inspirations and Influences
As a student of twentieth century political thinking, I’m most inspired by the people who were able to look at their present world – with all of its complexities and contradictions – and provide an honest, clear-eyed account of the injustices they saw and the road that would have to be taken to overcome them. Although there is no shortage of such inspirational writers and activists who fulfilled this task, I’m most influenced by Hannah Arendt, whose unique way of thinking and writing about the world continues to guide my own work.
Personal Quote: “Either we all live in a decent world, or nobody does.” – George Orwell
I’ll let Emma Goldman have the last word here: “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.”