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Joseph D. Hankins

Joseph Hankins received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2009. His research focuses on the distribution of ethical, affective, and sensory obligation at the intersections of contemporary capitalism and political representation. His first book, Working Skin: Making Leather, Making a Multicultural Japan, traces rawhide from his hometown in Texas to tanneries in Japan to examine the politics of stigmatized labor. He teaches courses on gender and capitalism, labor and semiotics, and liberalism and sympathy. He is affiliated with Critical Gender Studies, the Studio for Ethnographic Design, and the Center for New Racial Studies.