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Christopher Robinson

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Assistant Professor of Political Science
276 Bertrand H. Snell Hall
E-mail: robinscc@clarkson.edu
Website
Phone: 315-268-3986

Education
B.A., Siena College
M.A., SUNY at Albany & University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany

Courses Taught

  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • American Politics
  • Constitutional Law
  • Human Rights Law and Politics
  • Law and Bioethics
  • Political Theory


Scholarly Tnterests

My research interests cleave in two distinct directions. I am completing a book on Wittgenstein and Political Theory; part of a larger study of contemporary political theory as a series of responses to political trauma (genocide, war, the Holocaust) and ecological catastrophe. My second area of scholarly interest is the politics of sustainable development, where I am formulating a position I call "Political Ecology" that considers the larger political effects of acknowledging the illogic of limitless economic growth on a planet of limited natural resources.

Publications
"The Iron Triangle: Why the Wildlife Society Needs to Take a Position on Economic Growth," co-authored with Brian Czech and nineteen signatories, Wildlife Society Bulletin 31.2 (Fall 2003), pp. 574-77.

Presentations
"Seeing As It Happens: Theorizing Through the Eyes of Wittgenstein," a paper presented at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Association, Boston, MA, November 11-13, 2004.

Chair and discussant for "Social Criticism and Political Argument Panel," at 2004 Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Boston, MA, November 11-13, 2004.

"Theorizing Sustainability: An Exercise in Political Ecology," at the Association for Political Theory Conference, October 29-31, 2004, Colorado College Roundtable: Environmental Political Theory: The Art of Politics in a Natural World.

Participant at Oxford Round Table on Regulating Sustainable Development: Adapting Globalization in the Twenty-First Century, University of Oxford, England, August 8-13, 2004, in the keynote presentation: "Theorizing Sustainability: An Exercise in Political Ecology."

"Political Ecology and Sustainability: A Political Defense of Ecological Economics," at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 15-18, 2004.

"Sustainability Science in Policymaking: Santa Rosa National Park (Costa Rica) and Adirondack State Park," co-authored with Tom Langen, presented at the Wildlife Society 2003 Annual Conference, Sept. 8, 2003, Burlington, VT, sponsored by the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.

"Theorizing Politics Lost: Hannah Arendt and Herbert Marcuse," presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Assoc., Chicago, IL, April 3-6, 2003.

Respondent, Panel on "Jacques Derrida and Political Theory" at the Annual Meeting of Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 3-6, 2003.

Respondent, "Did Socrates Believe in Democracy?" at the SUNY Potsdam's Legacy of Greece and Rome Conference, March 13, 2003.

Chair, "Continental Political Philosophy Panel" at the Association for Political Theory Inaugural Conference, Calvin College, Grand Rapids Michigan, Oct. 17-19, 2003.

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