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Dr. Sawyer completed a Phd (2015) in Africana Studies from Brown University. He also holds a B.S. in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland), and Master's degrees from the University of Chicago's Committee on International Relations (International Security Policy) and Brown University's Department of Comparative Literature.
Michael takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the revolutionary potentiality, aspirations, and praxis of subaltern political subjects. His work is primarily in political philosophy and he employs political theory/philosophy, critical race theory, literary theory, history and aesthetics to assemble analytical tools that seek to resolve the mystery of subjects in transition. The central intellectual genealogy he employs takes up the work of thinkers that range from W.E.B. Du Bois, Frantz Fanon, Sylvia Wynter, Herman Melville, Toni Morrison, Malcolm X, G.W.F. Hegel, Merleau-Ponty, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Angela Davis. He has completed the co-editing of a text entitled A Reader on Black Political Thought with Professor B. Anthony Bogues that is forthcoming from Pluto/University of Chicago Press (Spring 2016). His single-authored manuscript Homo Liminalis: The Tears of the Caterpillar as well as a text co-written with Jamal al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown), The Book of the New School (H.) Rap (Brown) Game is currently under review.