Lucas G. Pinheiro is a political theorist and PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science. He works on historical and contemporary problems around the development of capitalism, aesthetics, race, technology, and empire. His dissertation, “Factories of Modernity: Labor, Aesthetics, and the Racial Politics of Capitalism,” reimagines the factory as a site of capitalist production, discipline, and ideas whose influence on labor, aesthetics, and regimes of racialization predates and outlasts the heyday of industrial manufacturing in nineteenth-century Europe. By reconstructing the emergence of the factory system in the British Empire from 1692 to 1807 as well as its postwar reincarnation in the global high-tech economy, “Factories of Modernity” offers a new account of the places, people, and concepts that define modern capitalism. This project is supervised by Patchen Markell, Jennifer Pitts, Sankar Muthu, and Paul Cheney.

Lucas is the founding coordinator of the Historical Capitalisms Workshop at the University of Chicago and a contributor to the edited volume Disability and Political Theory, published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. Before coming to the University of Chicago, he earned a Masters degree in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in political science from the University of British Columbia.

Lucas’s research has been generously supported by the American Political Science Association, the Nicholson Center for British Studies at the University of Chicago, the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures, the Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago, the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry at the New School, the Graduate Council at the University of Chicago, UChicago GRAD, and the Cambridge Overseas Trust at the University of Cambridge.

Lucas was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil.

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