Mateo Taussig--Rubbo

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CSLS Visiting Scholar

Mateo Taussig-Rubbo is a legal anthropologist with degrees from Chicago and Yale and is currently a law professor at SUNY-Buffalo. He has explored the foundational and yet repressed role of sacrifice and sacralization in neoliberal legalities, focusing on the contexts of military privatization, the death penalty, and the 9/11 attacks; and the ways in which the tradition of the stranger-king helps illuminate postcolonial African constitutionalism. Current projects include an exploration of how theories of the event (M. Sahlins) are implicitly impacting climate change law and policy; and an examination of the ritual dimensions and meanings of indigenous land acknowledgments.