Jan Dutkiewicz studies how business shapes American social and political life. His work focuses on how the interplay of economic and political power influences political communication, media messaging, and public debates about environmental policy and ethics. Jan’s research is primarily concerned with the politics of food production, and he is currently completing a book project, Capitalist Pigs: The Making of the Corporate Meat Animal, that traces how the American meat industry seeks to produce a commodity that best suits changing market conditions – as biological being, financial security, object of social imagination, and subject of political contestation - from conception through consumption. He has also conducted extensive work on the future of food production, including plant-based meat alternatives and cellular agriculture, and on the associated promises and pitfalls of market-based solutions to environmental and moral problems. Throughout, his work sheds light on the tensions and interrelations between market valuation, the value of life itself, and social values in the late-liberal, not-quite-post-industrial United States.
Dr. Dutkiewicz received his Ph.D. and MPhil from the New School for Social Research. His work has been published in numerous academic journals as well as in publications including The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Jacobin. He has also been featured as an analyst by CNN and The Wall Street Journal. Jan’s research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, an Ira Katznelson Dissertation Fellowship and a Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies Fellowship from The New School, as well as Visiting Fellowships at Wesleyan University and the University of California – Santa Barbara.