Jonathan Bach


Jonathan Bach is Associate Professor in the Global Studies Program at The New School in New York.

His recent work concerns post-socialist transformations in Germany and China, exploring social change through the politics of memory, material culture, everyday life, and urban space, including a related project on the evolution of special economic zones. Bach draws from anthropology, sociology and political science to explore how received notions of sovereignty, space and identity are reformulated through micro-level practices. He has also written on information technology and organizational change, labor migration and citizenship, and political theory.

He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University and has held visiting positions at Brown and Columbia Universities, the Center for Literature and Cultural Studies in Berlin and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Studies in Hamburg. He has held post-doctoral fellowships at Columbia University (ISERP) and Harvard University (Center for European Studies) where he was also a faculty affiliate.

At The New School Bach was the founding chair of the Global Studies Program from 2010-2017 and before that associate director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs. He is a faculty affiliate at Columbia University’s Center on Organizational Innovation and the New School Department of Anthropology and serves on the editorial board of German Politics & Society and on the executive board of the Memory Studies Association.