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Robyn Marasco

Associate Professor

Office: 1705 HW

Phone: 212-772-5666
Email:rmarasco@hunter.cuny.edu

Areas of Specialization:

  • History of Political Thought 
  • Critical Theory
  • Feminist Theory
  • Psychoanalysis

Recent Courses:

  • PolSc 200: Introduction to Political Ideas
  • PolSc 204: Political Theory & Film (summer)
  • PolSc 302: Critical Theory & Politics
  • PolSc 304.01: On Authority
  • PolSc 304.02: Machiavelli and Methods
  • PolSc 305: Democratic Theory
  • PolSc 309: Feminist Political Theory
  • PolSc 311: Utopian Theory

Education:
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (2006)

M.A., University of California, Berkeley (2000)

B.A. Smith College (1999)

Publications:

  • Books:
  • The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory After Hegel (Columbia University Press, 2015)
  • Edited Collections:
  • The Political Encounter with Louis Althusser, co-edited with Banu Bargu, a special issue of Rethinking Marxism, vol. 31, no. 3, July 2019.
  • The Authoritarian Personality, a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 117, no. 4, 2018.
  • Articles and Review Essays:
  • "Heliotropes" (an essay on Seyla Benhabib's Exile, Statelessness, and Migration: Playing Chess with History from Hannah Arendt to Isaiah Berlin, forthcoming in Philosophy and Social Criticism)
  • "Gender, Politics, and the State: A Feminist Reading of Wendy Brown" (forthcoming)
  • "On Womanly Nihilism: Beauvoir and Us," boundary2, vol. 47, no. 1, 2020.
  • "Althusser's Gramscian Debt: On Reading Out Loud," Rethinking Marxism, vol. 31, no. 3, 2019.
  • "There's a Fascist in the Family: Critical Theory and Anti-authoritarianism," South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 117, no. 4, 2018.
  • "It's All About the Benjamins: Considerations on the Gambler as a Political Type," New German Critique, vol. 133, no. 1, 2018.
  • "Critical Theory and the Task of Political Education," Theory & Event, vol. 20, no. 3, 2017.
  • "The Epic as Form," Contemporary Political Theory, vol. 16, no. 1, 2017 (special symposium on Sheldon Wolin's Theoretical Practice).
  • "Toward a Critique of Conspiratorial Reason," Constellations, vol. 23, no. 2, 2016 (special issue on "Critical Theory and Psychoanalysis").
  • "Terms and Conditions: The Sexual Contract Twenty-Five Years Later," History of the Present, vol. 3, no. 2, 2013.
  • “Defining Romnesia,” Theory & Event, vol. 13, no. 1, 2013.
  • "Machiavelli contra Governmentality," Contemporary Political Theory, vol. 11, no. 4, 2012.
  • "'I would rather wait for you than believe you are not coming at all': Revolutionary Love in a Post-Revolutionary Time," Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 36, no. 6, 2010.
  • "A Grammar of Hope in An Age of Empire?" Review of Paolo Virno's Grammar of the Multitude, Theory & Event, vol. 9, no. 4, 2010.
  • "'Already the Effect of the Whip': Critical Theory and the Feminine Ideal," differences, vol. 17, no. 1, 2006.