Faculty Fellows

2016 – 2017

2017 – 2018 Faculty Fellows

Sanjay Ruparelia is Associate Professor of Politics, and Faculty Advisor at the India China Institute, at the New School for Social Research. His current project investigates the rise of rights-based constitutionalism to expand social welfare and political accountability in the global South. He is currently writing a book, provisionally titled Contesting a Right to Welfare: Law, Citizenship and Accountability in India, which explains its genesis, character and ramifications in the world’s largest democracy since the 1970s, and a set of papers that analyze comparative developments in China, South Africa and Brazil.

Clara Mattei is Assistant Professor of Economics at The New School for Social Research. She holds a PhD jointly from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (SSSUP) in Pisa, Italy, and Université de Strasbourg, Ecole Doctorale Augustine Cournot in Strasbourg, France, an MA in Philosophy from Pavia, and a BA in Philosophy from Cambridge University. Her research explores a comparative view of post-World War I monetary and fiscal policies with a focus upon the relation between economic ideas and policy making. She brings broad interdisciplinary engagements to her work in the history of economic thought and methodology. Her recent published articles are: “Austerity and Repressive Politics: Italian Economists in the first years of the Fascist government” (2017) in European Journal of the History of Economic Thought and “The guardians of capitalism: International consensus and the technocratic implementation of austerity” (2017) in Journal of Law and Society. 

Mark Setterfield is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the New School for Social Research. As a Heilbroner Fellow, he will investigate the ways in which neoliberal capitalism has succeeded in reconciling low wage growth, re-assertion of capitalist control of the workplace, and heightened employment insecurity with social stability. His working hypothesis is that in addition to coercion (e.g., the mass incarceration of young, and especially black, males) and efforts to redirect attention towards divisive social politics, social stability under neoliberalism has had a fundamentally material basis: the ability of households to accumulate debt in order to limit the growth of consumption inequality in the face of burgeoning income inequality. This debt accumulation mechanism broke down in the financial crisis of 2007-09, however. One result appears to be a new “bottom-up” pressure on neoliberal social order, of which Trumpism, Brexit, and the recent (June 2017) British parliamentary elections are reflections.

Jessica Pisano is Associate Professor and Chair of the Politics Department at the New School for Social Research. Her current project focuses on the political economy of illiberal regimes. Much analysis of contemporary illiberalism focuses on the erosion of political rights or the renegotiation of the boundaries of the demos through nationalist discourse. However, contemporary regimes of this type also exhibit a distinct political economy. Pisano’s research shows how their strategies of governance catalyze shifts from welfare to caritas, reframing the basis of citizen-state relations from rights to obligations, changing the meaning of political participation and producing new forms of citizenship and political subjectivity. In 2017-2018, she is completing a monograph on the subject entitled Political Theatre.

Ying Chen is Assistant Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research. Her recent research focuses on the sustainable development in contemporary China from the perspective of social, economic and environmental sustainability. Her project at the Heilbroner Center studies how the education system reproduces class inequalities in the context of China.



Victoria Hattam is a Professor of Politics working on political economy and inequality. While at the Heilbroner Center, Hattam will pursue her research along the US-Mexico border. Considerable media attention has been given to border walls and to the regulation of labor that walls entail. Hattam’s research shifts the focus from walls to the movement of capital. Capital does not flow naturally: it is carried across the Rio Grande. Examining specific policies that enable capital to cross the US-Mexico border changes the political calculus behind calls for border security and makes apparent new coalition possibilities in support of open borders.