Berkeley English Lecturers

Christopher Chamberlin

Christopher Chamberlin

University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow

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Professional Statement

Christopher Chamberlin completed his Ph.D. in Culture and Theory (with graduate emphases in Feminism and Critical Theory) at the University of California, Irvine in 2018. His research and teaching combine black studies, feminist theories, the medical humanities, and the history of science. His work is particularly interested in facilitating questions of power and democracy through the literature and methods of clinical psychoanalysis.

Currently, Chamberlin is completing his first book manuscript, which deploys an archive of Civil Rights Era case histories—in which Freudian psychiatrists and social workers analyzed the unconscious structures of antiblack racism—to develop a new theory of racial subjectivity.

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered


  • The Subject of Racism: Afterlives of Slavery in the Psychoanalytic Clinic (under advance contract, SUNY Press)


  • "Can the Real of Slavery Speak?" Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture (forthcoming).
  • "Racism is Structured as a Language: Sexual Difference and the 1943 Detroit Race Riot," Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, vol. 24, no. 3 (2019): 239-259.
  • "Desegregation and the Retreat of Clinical Psychoanalysis," Medical Humanities (2019).
  • "Affective Ankylosis and the Body in Fanon and Capécia," Studies in Gender and Sexuality, vol. 19, no. 2 (2018): 120-132.


  • “In the Case of Antiblackness: Anti-Oedipus as Feminist Epistemology,” National Women’s Studies Association, Nov 14-17 (2019) (upcoming).
  • "Is the 'Cure' and Antipolitical Concept?" American Studies Association, Nov 7-10 (2019) (upcoming).
  • "Mental Illness in the Black Power Clinic," American Comparative Literature Association, March 7-10 (2019).
  • "Multiracial Democracy as an Impasse in Formalization," Modern Language Association, January 3-6 (2019).

Recent English Courses Taught

No recent courses taught.