Professor Roberto Sirvent

Roberto Sirvent

Adjunct Visiting Associate Professor of Politics


Political Science


1105 Milstein


Roberto Sirvent is a political theorist who studies race, law, and social movements.  He also works at the intersection of ethics, philosophy of religion, and science and technology studies (STS). Roberto is co-author, with Danny Haiphong, of the book, American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People’s History of Fake News―From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror (Skyhorse, 2019).  He serves as a Contributing Editor of Parapraxis Magazine and has co-edited special issues of the Journal of Sport and Social Issues and the Journal of Disability and the Global South

Roberto’s research considers how Marxist, psychoanalytic, and anarchist frameworks can inform debates in bioethics, public health, and environmental justice.  Central to his scholarly interests are the ways that colonialism, imperialism, and U.S. militarism fuel various health injustices and ecological crises around the globe. Roberto is especially interested in helping health professionals find creative ways to engage the theoretical work of disability justice advocates, queer and trans liberation movements, Black Studies scholars, mutual aid networks, and anti-colonial revolutionary struggles. 

Roberto received an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, and a Ph.D. from the London School of Theology (UK).  In addition to Barnard, he has taught at Harvard Medical School, Yale Divinity School, Pomona College, Scripps College, and Hope International University, where he served as Professor of Political and Social Ethics, Chair of the Social Sciences Department, and Director of the Center for Public Leadership.