Political Science


Eloy (EJ) Toppin, Jr. is a first-year graduate student in political theory. He is interested in the intersections of structural racism and capitalism as well as subject formation in racially hierarchical societies. His research, in part, involves examining how it is that racial stratification is converted into differential economic valuation. His interests also include, more broadly, history of economic thought, philosophy of science, Marxism, critical theory and the Frankfurt School, critical race theory, and the Black radical tradition. Prior to Brown, EJ worked as a researcher for the Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on housing justice policy and the conceptual development of belonging. EJ received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College and also holds a Masters in Public Policy from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.