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  • Adam Dylan Hefty

  • Job Title :

    Assistant Professor

  • College :

    College of Sciences and Human Studies

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    Humanities & Social Sciences

Dr. Adam Hefty is an assistant professor of humanities and social sciences in the Core Curriculum program at PMU. Before joining PMU Dr. Hefty was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Humanities Research Institute and taught in the Political Science department at San Francisco State University. He completed his Ph.D. in History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz (with a designated emphasis in Philosophy) in 2013. His dissertation, Labor and Lamentation: A Genealogy of Acedia, Alienated Labor, and Depressed Affects, examines the social structures of dejected affective states and work from the medieval era to the present. He studied in El Salvador as a Fulbright Scholar in 1997. As an undergraduate, he studied at Harvard University (Philosophy and Government, A.B. cum laude 1996) and Deep Springs College. His research interests intersect with areas of critical social and political theory, cultural studies, continental philosophy, sociology/history of mental health, sociology/history of work, and political economy.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • 2014          “Cultivating a New Normal: Mood Disorders in the DSM-III to -5 Era.” PhaenEx 9, No. 2 (Fall 2014).

Other Publications

  • 2015          Humanities/Work, a collaborative, online publication featuring scholarly, contemporary, and critical interventions from our 2013-14 research/working group at UC Humanities Research Institute, for which I served as managing editor and a contributor: https://humanitieswork.wordpress.com/
  • 2012          “Progressive Third Parties in U.S. National Elections: a Review.” The North Star, December 2012.
  • 2011          “After the Oakland General Strike, Tactical Debates Emerge: Let 99 Flowers Blossom.” Solidarity Webzine, November 9, 2011.
  • 2010          “Public Education in California: What’s Next after March 4?” Reclamations 2, April 2010.
  • 2010          “Questions for a New Movement.” Against the Current 145, March-April 2010.


Conference Panel Organized

  • 2014          “Humanities Labor in the Neoliberal University: Luxury, Crisis, and Changing Conceptions of Work,” Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, November 6-9, co-organized with Preeti Sharma (PhD Candidate, Gender Studies, UCLA) and Amy Lee (PhD Candidate, English, UC Berkeley).

Conference Presentations

  • Adam Dylan Hefty, 18th May 2016,  "Alienation, Depression, Techniques of Self-Management", International Social Theory Consortium Conference.
  • 2016          “Alienation, Depression, Techniques of Self-Management,” International Social Theory Consortium 2016, Iowa State University, 9 June.
  • 2016          “Emotional Management and Mental Health in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University Research Day, Phase II, 14 May.
  • 2015          “Subjective Labor and Alienation under Late Capitalism,” Historical Materialism Rome: Revolution and Restoration, 17-19 September.
  • 2014          “Dialectics of Fulfillment and Dissociation in Hospital and University Labor,” Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Los Angeles, CA, November 6-9 (via video).
  • 2014          “Precarious Labor, University Labor,” The Humanities and Changing Conceptions of Work: Culminating Conference, UC Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Berkeley, May 9.
  • 2013          “Humanism, Concern for the Non-Human, and Philosophies of Praxis Today,” Scholarship toward a Better World: A Symposium in honor of Barbara Epstein, Berkeley, CA, October 5.
  • 2013          “The Mood Disorder: Emergence of a Problematic.” 2013 Annual Meeting of the California American Studies Association, San Diego State University, April 26-27.
  • 2013          “Towards an Immanent Critique of the Theory of Immaterial Labor: Subjective Labor and Alienation as Dissociation.” The Laboring Body, University of California, Irvine, March 15.
  • 2011          “The Mood Disorder: Social Function of a Therapeutic Category; Mood: A Problem to Be Managed.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting: Imagination, Reparation, Transformation, Baltimore, MD, October 20-23.
  • 2011          “Valences of Discipline in the Times of Imperiled Institutions.” Between the Disciplines: Interdisciplinary Work in a Time of Crisis, University of California, Santa Cruz, June 4.
  • 2010          “Notes for an Intervention: Crisis Theory and Desire in the Student Movement.” System Crash: Risk, Crisis, Literature, Simon Fraser University, June 10-12.

Invited Symposium Participant

  • 2016    Harvard Kennedy School-Human Resources Development Fund Symposium: Evidence-Based Policy Design for the Saudi Labor Market. Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, October 25.


  • Critical social and political theory
  • Cultural studies
  • Continental philosophy
  • Sociology/history of mental health
  • Sociology/history of work
  • Political economy

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