Connie Caplan Post-Doctoral Fellow
275B Mergenthaler Hall
Jan Dutkiewicz’s research focuses on the relationship between corporate capitalism, political power, and public debates about ethics and values. His work combines political economic concerns with qualitative and ethnographic research methods to examine how big business shapes the contours of American social and political life. He is currently working on a book project, Capitalist Pigs: The Making of the Corporate Meat Animal, that traces how the American meat industry seeks to a 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. This 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 PhD 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 and Jacobin. Jan’s research has been supported by a Doctoral Award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, an Ira Katznelson Dissertation Fellowship from the New School, a Human-Animal Studies Fellowship at Wesleyan University, a Fellowship at the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies, and a Dissertation Fellowship at the University of California – Santa Barbara.