Terry Aladjem is a Lecturer on Social Studies and will teach the junior tutorial “Law and American Society” in the spring and serve on the Board of Advisors for Social Studies. He received his B.A. from Antioch College and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in political theory. His research interests include: American popular culture, memory and identity, liberalism, law and society, feminist theory, and critical theory. Terry was Liberal Arts Fellow of Law and Political Philosophy at the Harvard Law School before joining Social Studies where he investigated problems of legal punishment and the death penalty. His resulting book, The Culture of Vengeance and the Fate of American Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2008) blends cultural analysis, philosophy, and legal analysis to examine the punitive turn in American justice. Terry’s article, “The Philosopher’s Prism: Foucault, Feminism and Critique” appeared in Political Theory (May, 1991) and in Feminist Interpretations of Michel Foucault (Penn State Press, 1996) and another, “Of Truth and Disagreement: Habermas, Foucault and Democratic Discourse,” in History of European Ideas (vol. 20, 1995).
Terry has served as the Executive Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and is a recipient of the Stanley Hoffmann Prize for Excellence in Teaching in Social Studies (2007), and of the Star Family Prize for Excellence in (Faculty) Advising at Harvard College (2015).