Foucault & The Would-Be Drunk Drivers

To what extent can a thirty-second public service announcement (PSA) released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) marketing office reflect the modern state’s regulation of bodies and movement in time and space? Scenes from the NHTSA’s PSA can be interpreted through analytical devices derived from Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, especially his principle of modern panopticism as diffuse and omnipresent. Interpretation of imagery through this Foucauldian analytical device illustrates aspects of social reality by putting “various political techniques of the body” in dialogue with one another (Foucault 1995:26). Generally speaking, the PSA does this through its empirical manifestation of diffuse panopticism and therefore its reflection of the carceral system in the “invisible cop[s]” and through the ominous vocalized threat of “certain capture.”

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2015-16 UCLA History Undergraduate Advisory Board

UCLA’s history department has been a boon to my education and my personal development. As a member of HUAB, I can tangibly express my gratitude by sharing the many departmental strengths and few areas of improvement that I've observed with appropriate administrators to actualize meaningful change on campus and ultimately to improve the daily experience of professors and students alike

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"Beset Masculinity, Militarism, Modernism, and Imperialism in King Leopold’s Belgium, 1865-1909"

“The problem, as Belgians say, in 1923 as in 1865, ‘The pygmies of Europe have accomplished the work of giants.’ […] [We’re] in this 23 year period of the sudden acquisition by the king of the Congo Free State for a gleeful nation. One of the main themes of my work is that our fascination (which is to be valued) of King Leopold, who was a brilliant, devious exploiter, has deflected attention from the deep entanglement of Belgian society and culture in the 1880s and 90s with King Leopold’s Congo. I’m tracing the ways it goes up and down and across the social and political system.”

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The Historical Development of Democratic Institutions: Theory vs. Practice? Pt. I

I’ve always wanted to explore the nature of the strained relationship between the historical development of democratic political ideology (“oughts”) and the real-world expression of this ideology, especially as it relates to the ethics of power (wirkliche Historie). After an interesting conversation, I discovered that I’d found the perfect “in” to begin research aimed at answering a research question based on these two discourses

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