Craig Willse | Prescott College

Craig Willse

Academic Statement

Craig Willse’s work focuses on neoliberalism, urbanism, biopolitics, and racial formations. He is the author of The Value of Homelessness: Managing Surplus Life in the United States(University of Minnesota Press, 2015). Earlier work on the management of racialized housing insecurity and the homeless services industry has been published in Economy and Society and Surveillance and Society. He is co-editor, with Patricia Clough, of Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death (Duke University Press, 2011). Willse also works in queer/LGBT studies in an on-going collaboration with legal scholar Dean Spade. Their joint writing has appeared in QED: A Journal in GLBTQ WorldmakingWidener Law ReviewAgainst Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage (ed. Ryan Conrad, 2010) and Left Turn. Their multi-media project Free State Epitaph has been produced and screened in New York, Berkeley, Seattle, and Kansas City, MO.

Willse’s scholarship is informed by his community-based work outside the academy in movements for social, racial, and economic justice. 


Ph.D., Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center
B.A., Gender Studies/Social Sciences, New College of Florida


Craig Willse. 2015. The Value of Homelessness: Managing Surplus Life in the United States. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Patricia Ticineto Clough and Craig Willse. 2011. Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Dean Spade and Craig Willse. 2014. "Sex, Gender, and War in an Age of Multicultural Imperialism." QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking 1(1): 5-29. | download pdf

Craig Willse and Dean Spade. 2013. Born in Flames: Special Issue of Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, 23(1).

Craig Willse. 2010. "Neo-liberal Biopolitics and the Invention of Chronic Homelessness." Economy and Society 39(2): 155-184. | download pdf