Lecturer, Humanities Program and Department of History
Fields of interest:
modern European social and political thought; radical ideologies; resistance movements; socialism; human rights; critical theory
Terence Renaud received his Ph.D. in history and critical theory from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently he is finishing his first book, New Lefts: A History of Radical Antifascism and Anti-Authoritarianism in Europe, 1920-1970, which argues that the New Left activism that swept across Europe during the 1960s drew on organizational debates dating back to the interwar years. The book’s main case study is the small German group Neu Beginnen, which sought to transcend the limits of social democratic and communist politics. By analyzing the historical process by which “new lefts” emerged out of “old lefts,” only themselves to become old lefts in turn, the book identifies the patterns of militant behavior, non-party forms of organization, and recurrent theoretical problems that made up the phenomenon of neoleftism. Avant-garde antifascists and anti-authoritarians in Germany, France, Britain, and elsewhere represented the twentieth century’s most creative attempts to transform capitalist society. His work has appeared in academic journals such as Modern Intellectual History, The Historical Journal, and New German Critique as well as popular magazines such as The Los Angeles Review of Books. His new research project concerns the visual history of capitalism in Europe and North America, as represented in cartoons, caricatures, and other representations of social hierarchy around the turn of the twentieth century. At Yale he teaches in Directed Studies and offers seminars on European intellectual history, theories and practices of resistance, and modern revolutions.