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Alexander W. Diones - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Alexander W. Diones

Instructor of Political Science | Loyola Marymount University



Alexander Diones’s research looks to the history of political thought, with particular regard to theories of economy and emotion. He received his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Prof. Diones’s research examines theories of organizing, collective action, and social transformation. His dissertation, entitled “Habit in Modern Political Thought,” explores how political theorists have understood repetition—whether through custom, tradition, or routine labor—to be a crucial resource for political action. Although we tend to think of habit and social transformation as contrary ideas, this dissertation demonstrates that there is a minor tradition of political thinking that understands the contest over the meaning and significance of habit to be a contest over the terms of social transformation. This work surveys a set of figures who not only provide arguments for how to act morally but understand the everyday activities of habit as the central dimension of moral and political life. By examining the prehistory of what has come to be known variously as behaviorism, affect theory, Prof. Diones’s work hopes to better understand how action results in but also sometimes frustrates enduring political transformation.

Prof. Diones taches classes on modern political thought, democratic theory, and the history of emotions. While at UCLA, Prof. Diones taught extensively in both the political science department and the honors-level “cluster” program. He has also served as an assistant editor for the journal Political Theory.

For more information, please visit alexdiones.com

Education (3)

UCLA: Ph.D., Political Science 2022

UCLA: M.A., Political Science 2018

Amherst College: B.A., Mathematics and Political Science 2014

Accomplishments (8)

Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA


William S. Minor Dissertation Fellowship, AIPCT


Promise Institute Graduate Fellowship, UCLA Law


Graduate Research Mentorship Grant, UCLA

2017 - 2018

Amherst Memorial Fellowship, Amherst College

2018 - 2019

Forris Jewett Moore Fellowship, Amherst College

2016 - 2018

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Grant, UCLA

2016, 2017

Edwin W. Pauley Fellowship, UCLA

2015 - 2018

Languages (4)

  • Mandarin (fluent)
  • French (intermediate)
  • Spanish (intermediate)
  • Latin (Intermediate writing)

Articles (3)

“As It Regards Poetry.” Review of Anne Boyer, A Handbook of Disappointed Fate

Cleveland Review of Books


On Logic and the Theory of Ensembles: Formalism and Alain Badiou’s Experience of Politics

Theory & Event


Play, Work, and Marcuse’s Critique of Opposition


Under Review