Esther Allen is a graduate student in the Global Studies Program at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her M.A. thesis takes a look at the emotions behind the opposition to Critical Race Theory (CRT) in the U.S. Specifically the emotions and feelings pertaining to ‘Abstract Liberalism’ (Bonilla-Silva 2014), and how this shapes conservative whites’ relationship to CRT. During her graduate program, she studied at FLACSO (Argentina) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (India). She completed her undergrad in political science at San Francisco State University. Her research interests include social theory, the history of neoliberalism, and how emotions shape the affective life of social inequality and race in the U.S.