Focus areas: Middle East politics, colonialism, energy politics, histories of capitalism, politics of expertise

Timothy Mitchell writes about colonialism, political economy, the politics of energy, and the making of expert knowledge. Trained in the fields of law, history, and political theory, he works across the disciplinary boundaries of history and the social sciences. Many of his writings explore materials from the history and contemporary politics of Egypt, where he has conducted research over many years.

He is based at Columbia in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. He also teaches occasionally in SIPA, where his courses explore what he calls technopolitics:  how forms of technical and economic knowledge that claim to master the present and provide a path to the future repeatedly turn out to be speculative, misguided, or damaging.

For more information, please visit his personal academic website.

Research & Publications

January 2020|E-Flux Architecture|Timothy Mitchell

Infrastructures Work on Time

December 2016|City|Timothy Mitchell, Omar Jabary Salamanca , Nasser Abourahme
September 2016| Qoqnoos Publishing|Timothy Mitchell

Persian translation Dimukrasi Karboni (Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil)