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Robyn Marasco

Associate Professor

Office: 1705 HW

Phone: 212-772-5666

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Areas of Specialization:

  • History of Political Thought
  • Critical Theory
  • Feminist Theory


  • PolSc 200: Introduction to Political Ideas
  • PolSc 201: Ancient Political Theory
  • PolSc 202: Modern Political Theory
  • PolSc 203: Political Theory from 1900-Present
  • PolSc 304.01: Marx and Marxism
  • PolSc 304.02: Machiavelli and Methods of Interpretation
  • PolSc 304.03: Radical Political Thought
  • PolSc 302: Critical Theory and Politics
  • PolSc 309: Feminist Political Theory
  • PolSc 311: Utopian Theory

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

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

B.A. Smith College (1999)


  • "On Womanly Nihilism: Beauvoir and Us" (forthcoming in boundary2)
  • "It's All About the Benjamins: Notes on the Gambler as a Political Type" (forthcoming in New German Critique)
  • "Critical Theory and the Task of Political Education" (forthcoming in Theory & Event)
  • "The Epic as Form" (forthcoming in Contemporary Political Theory, 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")
  • The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory After Hegel (Columbia University Press, 2015)
  • "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, 339-361.
  • "Five Theses on Neoliberalism and the Financial Crisis" in Burden of Our Times: The Intellectual Origins of the Financial Crisis, ed. Roger Berkowitz (Fordham University Press, 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, July 2010, 643-662.
  • "A Grammar of Hope in An Age of Empire?" Review of Paolo Virno's Grammar of the Multitude, Theory & Event, vol. 9, no. 4, 2006.
  • "'Already the Effect of the Whip': Critical Theory and the Feminine Ideal," differences, vol. 17, no. 1, Spring 2006, 88-115.