Lucas Pinheiro is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Political Science where he specializes in political theory and comparative politics. His primary areas of research and teaching are in the history of modern political thought and contemporary political theory. With the support of a Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Lucas is currently completing his dissertation, “Factories of Modernity: Labor, Aesthetics, and the Racial Politics of Historical Capitalism,” under the supervision of Jennifer Pitts (Co-Chair), Patchen Markell (Co-Chair), Sankar Muthu, and, in the Department of History, Paul Cheney.

In his dissertation, Lucas argues that factories acted as decisive yet under-recognized stages for political thought and practice in Britain and the Atlantic world from 1688 to 1807. From this historical study, he develops a new conceptual framework for understanding capitalist society and confronting its longstanding structures of political domination, especially as these relate to questions of poverty, inequality, and racialization.

Before coming to the University of Chicago, Lucas 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. Way before that, he was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil.

If you would like to learn more about Lucas’s dissertation and publications, please visit his personal website: http://lucasgpinheiro.com/