Bard Faculty

Micah White

NEH/Hannah Arendt Center Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Primary Academic Program: Human Rights


BA, Swarthmore College; MA, PhD, European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Micah White is a lifelong activist who co-created Occupy Wall Street, a social movement that spread to more than 80 countries, while an editor at Adbusters. As a teenage activist, he was awarded Americans United’s Religious Liberty Award and the ACLU of Michigan’s Wendy Joyrich Award, among other honors; in college, he sparked a nationwide electronic civil disobedience campaign against voting machine maker Diebold Election Systems. A sought-after public speaker, White has delivered lectures at universities, festivals, and private events in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Indonesia, the Netherlands, and throughout the United States at institutions such as Princeton, Middlebury, University of Chicago, Columbia, Antioch, and University of Colorado. He has been profiled by NPR’s Morning Edition, the New Yorker, and the Guardian. In 2014, Esquire named him one of 37 people under 35 who are reshaping the world. White’s 20-year record of innovative activism also includes conceiving the debt forgiveness tactic used by the Rolling Jubilee and RIP Medical Debt; popularizing the critique of clicktivism, or the use of social media and the internet to advance social causes; and identifying the emerging trend of “social movement warfare.” He is the author of The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution (2016) and his essays and interviews have been published internationally in the New York Times, Guardian, Washington Post, Poder (Brazil), and Los Angeles Review of Books. He has been a featured guests on television shows such as Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect; BBC’s Newsnight; and The National, Canada’s current affairs broadcast. In 2018, White was awarded the Roddenberry Fellowship and Voqal Fellowship to create Activist Graduate School; in 2017, he was a Fulani Fellow at the All Stars Project in New York City, studying the revolutionary potential of electoral social movements. At Bard: 2018–19.