Caleb Hamman is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Notre Dame. His research and teaching interests span political theory, international relations, and peace and conflict studies. He specializes in the history of political thought, particularly in political existentialism, critical theory, and theories of violence and human flourishing. He has abiding interests in art and aesthetics, gender and sexuality, and issues of contemplation and action, human experience, and inner peace. He is conversant in ancient, early modern, late modern, and contemporary political thought, with special interest in nineteenth and twentieth century continental thought, particularly Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault, Hannah Arendt, and the Frankfurt School. Themes of interest here include power and marginalization, capitalism, modernity, the politics of technology, and the cultivation of the self.
His dissertation examines the political existence of the soldier in western civilization. Through readings of Homer and Thucydides; Machiavelli and Clausewitz; Carl Schmitt and Ernst Jünger; and Tocqueville and Hemingway, it seeks to understand the types of political significance that attached to the soldier in four historical periods. The historical studies set into relief the figure of the contemporary American soldier, whose essence—the dissertation argues—is to be an object of pity.
He completed his B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy at Butler University, and he holds an M.A. from the School of History and Anthropology, Queen’s University Belfast. He is former US-UK Fulbright Scholar, and he is a Presidential Fellow at the University of Notre Dame.