Jishnu Guha-Majumdar

My dissertation, American Captivity: Carceral Humanism and Interspecies Politics, examines the political import of connections between systems of captivity for humans and for other animals in the United States. It re-describes American civil society in terms of “carceral humanism,” a regime of power and personhood in which systems of interspecies captivity and ideals of humanity co-produce each other. American democracy will continue to reproduce systems of captivity should this underlying carceral humanism remain unaddressed. Attention to the interplay between captive “sub-humans” and nonhumans advances debates over the limits of human rights for democratic and liberatory politics by exploring interspecies rather than humanist models of emancipation.