Albena Azmanova

I was born and grew up in Bulgaria, and took part in the dissident movement that brought down the dictatorship in 1989. I was educated in Bulgaria, France and the United States and have been living in Brussels, Belgium since 1997. I have worked as a policy advisor on issues of social justice, rule of law and democracy for a number of international institutions such as the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Commission.

My academic research focuses on social justice, political judgment and modern ideologies. My book The Scandal of Reason: A Critical Theory of Political Judgment (Columbia University Press, 2012) was one of the first systematic articulations of the notion of political epistemology; I investigated democratic deliberations to discern their critical, emancipatory capacity. My new book Capitalism on Edge (Columbia University Press, 2020) traces tensions within contemporary capitalism that could set off radical transformative shifts.

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