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Corey Robin
Professor of Political Science
Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  11210; (718) 951-5000, x1752


Ph.D., Yale University, distinction, 1999
A.B., Princeton University, high honors, 1989
Oxford University, Jesus College, 1987-88

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

Mentor of the Year Award, Department of Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center, 2012

Cliopatra Award for Best Blog Writer, History News Network, 2011

Charm Quark Award for Best Blog Writing in Politics and Social Science, 3 Quarks Daily, 2011

Rockefeller Fellowship, Center for Human Values, Princeton University, 2007-8

Fellowship, Program in Ethics and Public Affairs, Princeton University, 2007-8

Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2007-8

Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2007-8 (declined)

Fellowship, National Humanities Center, 2007-8 (declined)

Burkhardt Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2007-8 (declined)

Fellowship, Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University, 2007-8 (declined)

Presidential Authority Award, Russell Sage Foundation, 2005-6

Best First Book in Political Theory Award, American Political Science Association, 2005

Fellowship, International Center for Advanced Studies, NYU, 2002-3

Fellowship, Wolfe Institute for the Humanities, Brooklyn College, 2001-2

Leylan Dissertation Fellowship, 1996-97

Jacob Javits Fellowship, 1990-94

Yale University Fellowship, 1990-94


The Reactionary Mind:  Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Selected Reviews

New York Times (10/07/11, 01/18/12, 02/01/12); New York Review of Books (01/12/12, 02/23/12); New Republic (10/27/11); Guardian/Observer (11/05/11); Times Higher Education (11/17/11); Dissent (Summer 2012); American Conservative (11/03/11); The Daily (10/23/11); The New Criterion (04/12); Journal of American History (September 2012)


Korean: 보수주의자는 왜? Goyang City: Mojosa, 2012.

Russian: Реакционный дух: консерватизм от Эдмунда Берка до Сары Пэйлин. Moscow: Gaidar Institute Press, 2012.

Fear: The History of a Political Idea.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2004


Italian:  Paura:  La Politica del Dominio.  Milano:  Egea, 2005
French:  La peur:  Histoire d’une idée politique.  Paris:  Armand Colin, 2006
Chinese:  Kongju: Zuowei Yizhong Zhengzhi Guannian de Lishi.  Shangai:  Fudan University Press, 2007
Russian: Страх. История политической идеи.  Moscow:  Progress-Tradition, 2007
Spanish:  El Miedo: Historia de una idea política.  Mexico City:  Fondo de Cultura Económico, 2009
Romanian: Frica. Istoria unei idei politice.  Bucharest:  Vremea, 2009
Greek:  ΦόβοςΗ ιστορία μιας πολιτικής  ιδέας.  Athens: Alexandria Publications, 2010

Awards and Honors

Best First Book in Political Theory Award (American Political Science Association, 2005); Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2005); Honorable Mention, Outstanding Book Award (Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights, 2005); Recommended Reading (New York Times, 03/06/05); One of the Best Books of 2004 (Publishers Weekly, 12/06/04)

Selected Reviews

New York Times (11/28/04); New York Review of Books (11/04/04); Los Angeles Times (08/07/05); Foreign Affairs (01/05); Chicago Tribune (01/09/05); Newsday (01/02/05); Financial Times (12/18/04); New Statesman (11/15/04); Political Theory (08/06); American Historical Review (10/05); Political Studies (09/05); Theory & Event (Fall 2005)


“Nietzsche’s Marginal Children.” The Nation (May 27, 2013), 27-36.

“The Language of Fear:  National Security in Modern Politics.”  In Fear: Across the Disciplines, eds. Jan Plamper and Benjamin Lazier (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012), 118-131. Adapted and reprinted as “Yours, Mine, but Not Ours.” Jacobin (Winter 2013), 23-28.

“Achieving Disunity.” Review of Daniel Rodgers, Age of FractureLondon Review of Books (10/25/12), 23-25.

 “The Conservative Reaction.” The Chronicle Review (01/08/12), 1.

“The Conservative Reaction.” The Chronicle Review (January 8, 2012), 1.

“The War on Tax.” London Review of Books (August 25, 2011), 8. Translated into Portuguese: “Contra impostos? ‘Austeridade’? Por quê?!” Tlaxcala (August 22, 2011).

“Reclaiming the Politics of Freedom.” The Nation (April 25, 2011), 18-22. Translated into Polish: “Odzyskać politykę wolności.” Instytut Obywatelski (07/21/11).

“Easy to Be Hard:  Violence and Conservatism.”  In Performances of Violence, ed. Carleen Basler, Thomas Dumm, and Austin Sarat (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2011), 18-42. Adapted and reprinted as “Why Conservatives Love War.”  Chronicle Review (October 24, 2010), 8-10.

“You Say You Want a Counterrevolution:  Well, You Know, We All Want to Change the World.”  In A Century of Revolution:  Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence during Latin America’s Long Cold War, ed. Greg Grandin and Gilbert M. Joseph.  Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.

“Conservatism and Counterrevolution.”  Raritan (Summer 2010), 1-17. Adapted and reprinted as “The Party of Loss.”  Harper’s (December 2010), 17-22.

“Get Over It!”  Review of Joan Biskupic, American Original:  The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin ScaliaLondon Review of Books (06/10/10), 29-31.

“Garbage and Gravitas.”  Review of Anne Heller, Ayn Rand and the World She Made, and Jennifer Burns, Goddess of the MarketThe Nation (06/07/10), 21-27. Selected as one of “’s Top Stories of 2010”

“The First Counterrevolutionary.”  Review of Quentin Skinner, Hobbes and Republican LibertyThe Nation (10/19/09), 25-32. Translated into Latvian: “Pirmais kontrrevolucionārs.”  ¼ Satori:  Literatūras un filozofijas portāls (10/15/09).

“Out of Place.”  Review of Barry Goldwater, The Conscience of a Conservative; Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s, ed. Bruce J. Shulman and Julian E. Zelizer; and Jacob Heilbrunn, They Knew They Were RightThe Nation (06/23/08), 25-33.

“Dragon-Slayers.”  Review of Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, Why Arendt Matters; Hannah Arendt:  The Jewish Writings, ed. Jerome Kohn and Ron Feldman; and Eichmann in Jerusalem:  A Report on the Banality of EvilLondon Review of Books (01/04/07), 18-20. Adapted and reprinted as “Did Kissing up Bring Us Down?”  Los Angeles Times (01/14/07), M3. Translated into French:  “Carriérisme et Barbarie: Une Hannah Arendt peut en cache rune autre.”  La République des Lettres (02/04/08).

“Language and Violence:  From Pathology to Politics.”  Review of William Pfaff, The Bullet’s Song:  Romantic Violence and UtopiaRaritan (Fall 2006), 41-51.

“Was he?  Had he?”  Review of David Johnson, The Lavender Scare:  The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government; David Cole and James Dempsey, Terrorism and the Constitution:  Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security; Nancy Baker, General Ashcroft:  Attorney at War; James Risen, State of War:  The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration; and Eric Boehlert, Lapdogs:  How the Press Rolled Over for BushLondon Review of Books (10/19/06), 10-12.

“Strangers in the Land.”  Review of Caroline Moorehead, Human Cargo, and Seyla Benhabib, The Rights of OthersThe Nation (04/10/06), 28-33.

“The Fear of the Liberals.”  The Nation (09/26/05), 13-18. Adapted and reprinted as “Restless after Four Years of War,” The Seattle Post-Intelligencer (09/25/05), E6.

“Fascism and Counterrevolution.”  Review of Robert Paxton, The Anatomy of Fascism, and Claudia Koonz, The Nazi ConscienceDissent (Summer 2005), 110-15.

“Protocols of Machismo.”  Review of Michael Walzer, Arguing About War; Seymour Hersh, Chain of Command; and Torture, ed. Sanford Levinson.  London Review of Books (05/19/05), 11-14.

“Liberalism at Bay, Conservatism at Play:  Fear in the Contemporary Imagination.”  Social Research 71 (Winter 2004), 927-962.

“Dedicated to Democracy.”  Review of Greg Grandin, The Last Colonial Massacre:  Latin America in the Cold WarLondon Review of Books (11/18/04), 3-6.

“Fragmented State, Pluralist Society:  How Liberal Institutions Promote Fear.”  Missouri Law Review 69 (Fall 2004), 1061-1093.

“The Politics and Antipolitics of Fear.”  Raritan 23 (Spring 2004), 79-108.

“Remembrance of Empires Past:  9/11 and the End of the Cold War.”  In Cold War Triumphalism:  The Misuse of History after the Fall of Communism, ed. Ellen Schrecker (New Press, 2004), 274-297. Adapted and reprinted as “Grand Designs:  How 9/11 Unified Conservatives in Pursuit of Empire,” The Washington Post (05/02/04), B1; and as “Endgame:  Conservatives after the Cold War,” The Boston Review (02/04), 26-30. Translated into Italian:  “I neocon contro il libero mercato,” Micromega 4 (2004), 191-205. Translated into Spanish:  “Remembranza de imperios del pasado.  El 11 de Septiembre y el fin de la Guerra Fría,” Temas 33-34 (04/03), 76-90.

“Reason to Panic.”  The Hedgehog Review 5 (Fall 2003), 62-80.

“Blacklisted and Blue:  On Theory and Practice at Yale.”  In Steal This University:  The Rise of the Corporate University and an Academic Labor Movement, ed. Benjamin Johnson, Patrick Kavanagh, and Kevin Mattson (New York:  Routledge, 2003), 107-22.

“Fear, American Style:  Civil Liberty After 9/11.”  In Implicating Empire: Globalization & Resistance in the 21st Century World Order, ed. Stanley Aronowitz and Heather Gautney (New York:  Basic Books, 2003), 47-64.

“Denied the Fruits of Their Labors.”  Review of Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in Boom-time America and Jill Andresky Fraser, White-Collar Sweatshop: The Deterioration of Work and Its Rewards in Corporate AmericaDissent (Fall 2001), 131-35. Translated into Polish and reprinted in Gazeta Wyborzca (03/15/02).

“The Ex-Cons: Right-Wing Thinkers Go Left.” Lingua Franca (02/01), 24-33. Translated into Polish and reprinted in Gazeta Wyborzca (06/01).

“Primal Fear.”  Theory and Event 5 (2001). Translated into French and reprinted in Vacarme 18 (Winter 2002), 15-18.

“Fear: A Genealogy of Morals.”  Social Research 67 (Winter 2000), 1085-1115.

“Reflections on Fear: Montesquieu in Retrieval.”  American Political Science Review 94 (06/00), 347-60.

“The Battle of Seattle: Theory and Politics in the New Millennium.”  Theory and Event 4 (2000).

“Why Do Opposites Attract?  Fear and Freedom in the Modern Political Imagination.”  In Fear Itself:  Enemies Real and Imagined, ed. Nancy L. Schultz (West Lafayette, IN:  Purdue University Press, 1999).

“Against the Grain:  Organizing TA’s at Yale.”  Co-authored with Michelle Stephens.  Social Text 49 (Winter 1996), 43-74. Reprinted in Will Teach for Food: Academic Labor in Crisis, ed. Cary Nelson (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997).

Shorter Articles and Reviews

“The Fallacy of the Republican ‘Moderate’.” Salon (10/26/13)

“Who Really Said That?” The Chronicle Review (09/20/13), B13-B-15

“David Petraeus’ Shady Coverup.” Salon (07/08/13)

“David Brooks: The Last Stalinist.” Salon (06/11/13)

“The Democrats: The Austerity Party?” Al Jazeera English (10/26/12)

“Radical Writer Alexander Cockburn Dead at 71.” Al Jazeera English (07/23/12)

“When Libertarians Go to Work.” Al Jazeera English (04/10/12)

“Libertarians Get Medieval on Women.” Al Jazeera English (04/07/12)

“Outsourcing Conservatism.” Salon (03/14/12).

“Ron Paul Has Two Problems: One is His, the Others Ours.” Al Jazeera English (01/05/12).

“Why Naomi Wolf Got It Wrong.” Al Jazeera English (11/20/11).

“The Deep Roots of Conservative Radicalism.” Al Jazeera English (11/22/11).

“I’ve Got a Crush on You.” Al Jazeera English (11/18/11).

“Fear American Style.” Al Jazeera English (11/14/11).

“When Ann Coulter Tells the Truth.” Al Jazeera English (11/11/11).

“The Politics of Fear.” Democracy: A Journal of Ideas (Fall 2011), 39-42.

Review of John Brenkman, The Cultural Contradictions of Democracy: Political Thought Since September 11Perspectives on Politics 6 (06/08), 367-68.

“In the Shadow of Tyranny.”  Review of Anne Norton, Leo Strauss and the Politics of American EmpireNew Statesman (06/13/05), 48-49.

“The Ancient Force.”  Review of Joanna Bourke, Fear:  A Cultural HistoryNew Statesman (04/18/05), 50-51.

“History’s Shadow.”  Response to Daniel Richman, “The Right Fight,” New Democracy Forum, The Boston Review (12/04), 20.

“When Fear is a Joint Venture.”  The Washington Post (10/24/04), B1.

“Fear Itself.”  The Chronicle Review (08/13/04), B11.

“State of Confusion.”  Review of Thomas Frank, What’s the Matter with Kansas?  The Washington Post Book World (07/18/04), BW05.

“Nice Place to Study, but I Wouldn’t Want to Work There.”  The New York Times (03/07/03), A27.

“Republic of Denial.”  Review of John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira, The Emerging Democratic Majority, and Thomas E. Patterson, The Vanishing VoterThe Washington Post Book World (11/03/02), BW03.

“Lavatory and Liberty:  The Secret History of the Bathroom Break” and “Ellis Island Blues.”  The Boston Globe (09/29/02), D1, D5.

“In Search of the Forest Warriors.”  Review of Jane Kramer, Lone Patriot:  The Short Career of an American MilitiamanNewsday (06/26/02), D26.

“The Politics of Before and After:  Labor’s War at Home.”  New Labor Forum (Spring/Summer 2002), 63-69.

“Here be monsters.”  Review of Edward Ingebretsen, At Stake:  Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public CultureThe Times Literary Supplement (03/22/02), 36.

“All fashion spent.”  Review of Noreena Hertz, The Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism and the Death of DemocracyThe Times Literary Supplement (02/15/02), 29.

“The Greening of America.”  Review of Micah Sifry, Spoiling for a Fight:  Third-Party Politics in America and Ralph Nader, Crashing the Party:  How to Tell the Truth and Still Run for PresidentNewsday (02/03/02), D30.

“Closet-Case Studies.”  The New York Times Magazine (12/16/01), 23-24.  Translated into Portuguese and reprinted in Correio do Brasil (12/27/01).

“Vietnam’s Legacy.”  Review of David Halberstam, War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the GeneralsNewsday (09/16/01), B12.

“Fear and Loathing in Florida.”  Review essay on 2000 US presidential election.  Newsday (06/17/01), B12.

Review of Arno Mayer, The Furies: Violence and Terror in the French and Russian RevolutionsThe Boston Review 26 (April/May 2001), 64-65.

“Care Packages.”  Review of Peter Edelman, Searching for America’s Heart and Amitai Etzioni, Next: The Road to the Good SocietyWashington Post Book World (April 29, 2001), BW5.

“Missing the Point.”  Review of Robert Putnam, Bowling AloneDissent (Spring 2001), 108-111.

“Political Skeptic.”  Profile of Amy Wilentz, author of Martyrs’ CrossingNewsday (04/01/01), B11.

“Spreading the Kennedy Name.”  Review of Hostage to Fortune: The Letters of Joseph P. Kennedy, ed. Amanda Smith.  Newsday (01/28/01), B13.

Review of Social Justice: From Hume to Walzer, ed. David Boucher and Paul Kelly.  In History of European Ideas 26 (2000), 134-136.

“The New Covenant.”  Review of Joseph Lieberman, In Praise of Public Life (

“From Behind Bars.”  Review of Undoing Time: American Prisoners in Their Own Words, ed. Jeff Evans.  Newsday (11/26/00), B14.

“Campaigning for a University Code of Conduct.”  Co-authored with Julie Kushner.  New Labor Forum 7 (Fall/Winter 2000), 62-64.

“They Weren’t All Angels of Mercy.”  Review of Ron Steinman, Women in VietnamNewsday (07/31/00), B2.

“Getting to the Roots.”  Profile of Myla Goldberg, author of Bee SeasonNewsday (06/04/00), B11.

“How Not to Argue About Labor and Politics.”  New Labor Forum (Spring/Summer 2000), 54-56.

“Lady in Red.”  Article on Kitty Kelley’s Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized BiographyNewsday (05/21/00), B14.

“The Soul of a New Politician.”  Review of Bill Turque, Inventing Al GoreNewsday (04/02/00), B10.

“Bush Lite.”  Review of three biographies of George W. Bush.  Newsday (03/26/00), B13.

“Benito Giuliani.”  Co-authored with Steve Fraser.  The American Prospect (03/13/00), 22-23.

“Power to the People.”  Review of Jim Hightower, If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote, They Would Have Given Us CandidatesNewsday (02/13/00), B12.

 Invited Talks

“Medievalism and Markets: Labor and Value in Burke, Babeuf, and Smith.” Cornell University (November 2013).

“How to Think and Not Think about Counterrevolution” and “The Free Market as a Counterrevolutionary Device.” Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies (May 2013).

“The Reactionary Mind from Edmund Burke to Mitt Romney.” Lone Star College (October 2012).

“Polarized Politics.” Einstein Forum/European Academy (Berlin, May 2012).

“The Reactionary Mind.” Hobart and William Smith Colleges (April 2012).

“Nietzsche and Neoclassical Economics.” Columbia University (March 2012).

“Right-Wing Populism.” Princeton University (February 2012).

“The Counterrevolutionary Currents of Modern Conservatism.” University of Hawaii (August 2011).

“The Reactionary Mind.”  UCSD (February 2011); CUNY Graduate Center (March 2011); Yale University (March 2011).

“Easy to Be Hard: Violence and Conservatism.” Amherst College (February 2009); Stanford University (May 2009); New School (September 2009).

“In Search of Conservatism.”  University of Minnesota (October 2008); Rutgers University (April 2009).

Respondent to Martin Jay, “The Virtues of Mendacity: On Lying in Politics.” The Lionel Trilling Seminar, Columbia University (October 2008).

“You Say You Want a Counterrevolution: Well, You Know, We All Want to Change the World.”  Princeton University (November 2007); Rutgers University (November 2007).

“The Moral Vocabulary of Fear.”  Killen Chair Lecture/St. Norbert College (October 2007); Columbia Law School (October 2007); European University Institute (Florence, Italy, November 2007).

“The Language of Fear:  National Security in Modern Politics.”  John L. Stanley Memorial Lecture/UC Riverside (February 2007).

“Fear, the Day After.”  Oxford (November 2006).

“The Globalization of Fear.”  European Forum for Urban Safety (Zaragoza, Spain, November 2006).

“Quel rôle joue la peur dans une démocratie?”  Institut d’études politiques de Paris (March 2006).

“The Liberalism – and Conservatism – of Fear.”  McGill University (December 2005); UC Irvine (January 2006).

“Louis Hartz at 50:  On the Varieties of Counterrevolutionary Experience in America.”  University of Pennsylvania (November 2005); University of Maryland School of Law (March 2006), CUNY Graduate Center (March 2006), Syracuse University (April 2006).

“The Fear of the Liberals.”  Tufts University (November 2005).

“La Batalla Final: Los Neoconservadores tras el Fin de la Guerra Fría.”  Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (Sevilla, Spain, October 2005).

“Neoconservatives and their Empire.”  Varchi Contemporary History Festival (Rome, Italy, October 2005).

“Fear, Freedom, and the U.S. Constitution.”  Constitution Day Public Lecture/William Paterson University (September 2005).

“Fear and Repression:  An Unexplained Relationship.”  University of Durham (Durham, Britain, July 2005).

“The Constitution of Fear.”  Columbia Law School (April 2005).

“Fear in America:  Its Past, Present, and Future.”  George Mason University (April 2005); Fairfield University (April 2005).

“Fear:  History of an Idea.”  Cambridge (November 2004); Oxford (November 2004); CUNY Graduate Center (February 2005).

“Fear:  Politics of a Practice.”  Newcastle University (November 2004).

“Liberalism at Bay, Conservatism at Play:  Fear in the Contemporary Imagination.”  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (October 2004); Duke University (October 2004); King’s College, University of London (November 2004).

“Fragmented State, Pluralist Society:  How Liberal Institutions Promote Fear.”  University of Missouri School of Law (February 2004).

“Beauty from Cruel Weight:  Fear and Political Imagination.”  New School University (February 2004).

“Fear, American Style.”  CUNY Graduate Center (September 2003).

“Cold War Institutions and Culture.”  CUNY Graduate Center (July 2003).

“Total Terror:  Hannah Arendt on Totalitarianism.”  New York University (November 2002).

“Remembrance of Empires Past:  9/11 and the End of the Cold War.”  New York University (April 2002).

“Civil Liberties and Dissent Today:  The Role of Fear in Civil Society since September 11.”  CUNY Graduate Center (November 2001).

“Romantic Revolutionary: The Unknown Tocqueville.”  Columbia University (November 2001).

“Hamlet on the Hudson:  How Tocqueville Changed the Way We Think About Fear.”  UCLA (November 2001).

“On Fear in Time of War.”  Hunter College (October 2001); Queens College (November 2001); Brooklyn College (November 2001); New York University (December 2001).

“Reason to Panic: How Hobbes Made Fear Safe for Counterrevolution.”  UCLA (May 2001).

“Fear in the Workplace.”  UCLA (May 2001).

“Hobbes on Fear.”  Columbia University (November 1999).

Other Presentations

Debate on “The Politics of Freedom.” Linfield College (February 2013).

“What is Conservatism.” Conversation with Chris Hayes. CUNY Graduate Center (October 2011).

Discussant, “Realism in Political Theory: Postcolonial Realisms.” American Political Science Association. Seattle, WA (September 2011).

On Freedom. Salon hosted by the Governor and First Lady of Hawaii (August 2011).

Moderator.  “Freedom for Sale: Why the World is Trading Democracy for Security.”  Conversation between John Kampfner and Joel Simon on freedom and security in contemporary politics.  Open Society Institute (March 2010).

A Conversation about Fear: The History of a Political Idea.  Lebanon Valley College (February 2009).

A Hard Heart.  Post-performance conversation with Kathleen Chalfant and Epic Theatre Ensemble.  Clurman Theatre/Theatre Row (November 2007).

“Fear in America.”  Conversation with Susan Faludi about The Terror Dream.  CUNY Graduate Center (October 2007).

“National Security and Political Repression.”  American Political Science Association.  Chicago, IL (September 2007).

Roundtable, “Repression, Espionage, and the Red Scare.”  New York University (April 2007).

Discussant, “Fugitive Democracy, Totalitarianism, and Post-Modern Power.”  American Political Science Association.  Philadelphia, PA (September 2006).

Roundtable, “Is it Time to Call it Fascism?”  American Political Science Association.  Washington, DC (September 2005).

Discussant, “Democratic Responses to Terror and Emergency.”  American Political Science Association.  Washington, DC (September 2005).

“National Security:  A Pretext for Repression?”  Department of History, West Virginia University (March 2005).

“On Fear: The History of a Political Idea.”  International Book Fair (Turin, Italy, May 2005); Instituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (Milan, Italy, May 2005); Chappaqua Public Library (January, 2005); Miami Book Fair (November 2004); Harvard Bookstore (Cambridge, October 2004); Seminary Co-Op Bookstore/57th Street Books (Chicago, October 2004); Brecht Forum (New York, October 2004); Barnes and Noble (Brooklyn, October 2004); Korea Roundtable (Washington, DC, September 2004); New American Foundation (Washington, DC, September, 2004).

Moderator of conversation between Christopher Browning and Mark Danner on the Holocaust and the Cold War in Latin America.  Yale University (May 2003).

“Getting Fear Wrong:  How American Intellectuals Evade Repression and Apologize for Power.”  Hacettepe University.  Ankara, Turkey (October 2002).

“What’s Wrong With How We Think About Fear.”  American Political Science Association (Washington, DC, September 1999); New York State Political Science Association (New York, NY, May 1999).

Discussant, panel on Hobbes.  New York State Political Science Association (New York, NY, May 1999).

“Repression in the Fragmented State.”  Western Political Science Association (Seattle, WA, March 1999).

Discussant, “Antebellum Political Institutions and Ideology.”  Western Political Science Association (Seattle, WA, March 1999).

“Why Do Opposites Attract?  Fear and Freedom in the Modern Political Imagination.”  American Political Science Association (Washington, DC, August 1997); New England American Studies Association (Salem, MA, May 1997).

“Civil Society, Political Institutions, and Fear:  The Case of Montesquieu.”  American Political Science Association (Washington, DC, August 1997).

 Selected Media

“Weekend Edition” (NPR, 09/22/13)

Bloggingheads (06/20/13)

Bloggingheads (02/10/13)

“Up With Chris Hayes” (MSNBC, 08/26/12)

Washington Times (08/05/12)

Bloggingheads (03/26/12)

“Contraception and Counterrevolution” (Boston Review, 03/22/12)

“Elke zeloot kan kandidaat zijn” (De Groene Amsterdammer, 01/28/12)

“Online Fracas for a Critic of the Right” (New York Times, 01/18/12)

“Up With Chris Hayes” (MSNBC, 01/01/12)

“After Words” (C-SPAN2, 11/12-14/11)

“Rear Vision” (ABC Radio National, Australia, 10/26/11)

“The Michael Medved Show” (10/21/11)

“How Conservatism Conquered America.” Salon (10/01/11)


“Μη φοβάσαι!”  Epsilon (12/05/10)

 “Philosophy Talk” (National Public Radio, San Francisco, 03/28/10)

 “Angst dient als Politikersatz.”  Frankfurter Rundschau (01/18/08)

“Odyssey” (National Public Radio, Chicago, 06/30/05)

“Look for the Union Label.”  Chronicle of Higher Education (05/26/05)

“Intimidazioni d’ufficio.”  Il Sole-24 Ore (05/08/05)

“La paura, arma della politica.”  Il Giorno (05/07/05)

“The Leonard Lopate Show” (National Public Radio, New York, 03/22/05)

“Primeau” (CHED, Edmonton, Canada, 12/22/04)

 “Encounter” (ABC Radio National, Australia, 11/28/04)

“World Tonight” (BBC Radio 4, United Kingdom, 11/26/04)

“The Bob Edwards Show” (XM Public Radio, 11/01/04)

“Book TV” (C-Span 2, 10/30/04)

“La menace d’al-Qaida prend des proportions démesurées.” Le Figaro (10/28/04)

“France Culture” (Radio France, Paris, France, 10/27/04)

“The Tavis Smiley Show” (National Public Radio, Los Angeles, 10/25/04)

“Odyssey” (National Public Radio, Chicago, 09/22/04)

“L’administration Bush gouverne par la peur, qui est devenue le seul langage de la vie publique.”  Le Monde (09/13/04)

“Amerika ist durch den Krieg unsicherer geworden.”  Basler Zeitung (09/02/04)

“The Politics of Being Afraid.” New York (08/16/04)

“The Leonard Lopate Show” (National Public Radio, New York, 07/08/04)

“The Connection” (National Public Radio, Boston, 10/18/01)

Academic Employment

Professor, Department of Political Science, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2013-

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2005-present

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2004-2005

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, 1999-2004

Dissertation Committees

Eli Karetny, “Freedom as Nationalism: Leo Strauss, Isaiah Berlin and Revolution” (chair)

Jon Keller, “Prophecy and Enervation in American Political Thought” (chair)

Alan Koenig, “The City of Destruction: The Apocalyptic Tradition in American Political Thought” (chair)

Peter Kolozi, “Conservatives against Capitalism:  The Critique of Capitalism in American Political Thought” (chair, defended 2010)

Dan McCool, “Individual Freedom and the Politics of Authenticity” (chair)

Rich Meagher, “Right Ideas: Discourse, Framing, and the Conservative Coalition” (defended 2008)

Nick Robbins, “Civilization of the Living Dead:  The Zombie as Mirror of U.S. Self-Destruction” (chair)

External Committee

Alex Gourevitch, “Servitude and Independence:  Rethinking Liberty, Virtue, and the Republican Tradition,” (Columbia University, defended 2010)

Professional Activities

Reviewer:  American Political Science Review; Perspectives on Politics; Journal of Politics; Political Studies; Political Research Quarterly; Cambridge Review of International Affairs; Millennium; Australian Journal of Political Science; Oxford University Press; Cambridge University Press; Princeton University Press; Routledge; McGill-Queen’s University Press

Reviewer for Dissertation Completion Fellowships of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowship Program (2010-2011)

Committee, Best First Book in Political Theory, American Political Science Association (2009)

Contributing Editor, Jacobin

Editorial Board, Social Research

Advisory Committee, Center for the United States and the Cold War, New York University


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