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Robert Martin


Robert Martin
Robert Martin

Chair, Professor of Government

Kirner-Johnson 113
315-359-4273

Robert Martin is the author of Government By Dissent: Protest, Resistance, and Radical Democratic Thought in the Early American Republic and The Free and Open Press: The Founding of American Democratic Press Liberty. He co-edited, with Hamilton Professor Douglas Ambrose, The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton: The Life and Legacy of America's Most Elusive Founding Father. Martin's work has appeared in History of Political Thought, Polity and elsewhere. A recipient of the Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award, Martin has held research fellowships at the New-York Historical Society and the American Antiquarian Society.

Recent Courses Taught

American Founding: Ideals and Reality
Civil Liberties in Wartime
Democratic Theory
Introduction to Political Theory
Free Speech Theory
Contemporary Political Thought
Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment
American Political Thought

Distinctions

  • Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award, May 2004
  • Finalist, Carnegie Scholars Program, Carnegie Corporation, 2004
  • Research Fellowship, New-York Historical Society (in residence, March 2003)

Selected Publications

  • Government by Dissent: Protest, Resistance, and Radical Democratic Thought in the Early American Republic. New York: New York University Press, 2013.
  • The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton: The Life and Legacy of America’s Most Elusive Founding Father. Co-edited with Douglas Ambrose. New York: New York University Press, 2006 [paperback, 2007].
  • The Free and Open Press: The Founding of American Democratic Press Liberty, 1640-1800. New York: New York University Press, 2001.
  • “The ‘Censorship of Public Opinion’: James Madison, the Sedition Act Crisis, and Democratic Press Liberty,” in Censorship Moments: Reading Censorship Texts, ed. Geoff Kemp. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
  • "In a peaceful and orderly manner". Town meetingsand people's assemblies at the time of the founding of the United States" in Participations. De Boeck Supérieur, (2016): 175 - 202.
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  • “James Madison and Popular Government: The Neglected Case of ‘The Memorial,’” Polity 42 (April 2010): 185-209. [cover article]
  • “‘With Good Motives, For Justifiable Ends’: Hamilton and Democratic Citizenship,”  in Ambrose and Martin, eds., The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton (New York: New York University Press, 2006).
  • “Between Consensus and Conflict: Habermas, Postmodern Agonism and the Early American Public Sphere,” Polity 37 (July 2005): 365-388.
  • “Reforming Republicanism: Alexander Hamilton’s Theory of Republican Citizenship and Press Liberty,” The Journal of the Early Republic 25 (Spring 2005): 21-46.
  • “Context and Contradiction: Toward a Political Theory of Conceptual Change,” Political Research Quarterly, 50 (1997): 413-436.
  • “From the ‘Free and Open’ Press to the ‘Press of Freedom’: Liberalism, Republicanism, and Early American Press Liberty,” History of Political Thought, XV (1994): 505-534.
  • “Book Review: British Political Thought in History, Literature, and Theory, 1500-1800 and Rethinking the Foundation of Modern Political Thought,” Perspectives on Politics, 5 (2007): 803-4.
  • “Press Clause: Framing and History from Colonial Period up to Modern Jurisprudence,” commissioned article (5000 words), for Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (Routledge, 4 vols., 2006).
  • “Freedom of the Press,” commissioned article (2000 words), for Encyclopedia of the New American Nation (Scribners, 2005).
  • “Book Review: Dreams of a More Perfect Union by Rogan Kersh,” American Political Science Review, 96 (2002): 642-3.
  • “Logic and Logistics in the History of Ideas: Mark Bevir, The Logic of the History of Ideas,” Review of Politics, 63:1 (Winter, 2001): 196-7.
  • “Book Review: Emancipation and Illusion: Rationality and Gender in Habermas’s Theory of Modernity by Marie Fleming,” American Political Science Review, 92 (1998): 929-30.
  • “Between Rosanvallon and Rancière: Toward a Theory of Dissentient Democracy,” Contrastes: Revista Internacional de Filosofía, special English language edition, expected 2015.

College Service

  • Planning Committee, 2013-present
  • Government Department chair, 2009-13
  • Committee on Appointments, 2009-11
  • Re-accreditation working group on Standard 6: Integrity, 2009-11
  • Director, semester in Washington program, fall 2005 and fall 2008
  • Committee on Academic Standing, 2004-07
  • Committee on Student Activities, 2002-03
  • Pre-Law Committee, 2002-present
  • Phi Beta Kappa chapter member, 1997-present

Appointed to the Faculty: 1997

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
B.A., University of Connecticut

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