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Cary J. Nederman

Areas of Speciality
  • Political Theory
  • (979) 845-8594
  • LASB 381
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Research Interests

  • Western political theory (historical and contemporary)
  • Comparative political thought
  • Philosophy of the social sciences


Cary J. Nederman is professor of political science. His research concentrates on the history of Western political thought, with a specialization in Greek, Roman, and early European ideas up to the seventeenth century. He focuses on the relationship between historical traditions and contemporary theoretical concerns, focusing especially on early European political thought from 1100-1500. He has also published in the field of comparative political thought. His next book, entitled The Rack and the Chains, continues his interest in Machiavelli’s thought. Nederman previously taught at York University (1983-1984) and the University of Alberta in Canada (1984-1986) and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand (1986-1990), as well as at Siena College (1991-1992) and the University of Arizona (1992-2000) in the United States. He served as Associate Head and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Political Science Department at Arizona, as well as the Director of Graduate Studies in political science at A&M from 2002 to 2005. He has received awards in recognition of his teaching and advising excellence. As well as serving on the Editorial Boards of several prominent national and international journals, Nederman is the President of the Board of Directors of the Journal of the History of Ideas, Inc. He co-founded Politicas: Society for the Study of Medieval Political Ideas, as well as the Cactus League (Arizona) and Lone Star (Texas) chapters of the Conference for the Study of Political Thought. Nederman has been a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies of the International Institute at the University of Michigan and a teaching fellow at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, England. He was the recipient of Fulbright Alumni Initiative and Fulbright Senior Specialist awards. Nederman has delivered keynote and plenary talks concerning his research at major international as well as national conferences. In February of 2017, a conference dedicated to the contributions made by his scholarship was held at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses

  • POLS 203 – Introduction to Political Theory
  • POLS 349 – Early Political Thought
  • POLS 350 – Modern Political Thought
  • POLS 364 – Global Political Thought
  • POLS 369 – Theories of Democracy
  • POLS 454 – Contemporary Political Ideas
  • POLS 455 – Traditions of Political Theory

Graduate courses

  • POLS 604 – Conceptualization and Theory in Political Analysis
  • POLS 650 – Normative Political Theory
  • POLS 654 – Seminar in Theories of Political Legitimacy, Order and Obligation

Representative Publications

Nederman is the author or editor of more than 20 books. Among his recent authored or edited volumes are Inventing Modernity in Medieval European Thought, c. 1100 – c. 1450 (Medieval Institute Press, 2018); Religion, Power and Resistance from the Eleventh to the Sixteenth Centuries: Playing the Heresy Card (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2015); A Companion to Marsilius of Padua (Brill, 2011); Mind Matters: Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Intellectual History (Brepols, 2010); Lineages of European Political Thought (Catholic, 2009); Machiavelli (Oneworld, 2009); Western Political Thought in Dialogue with Asia (Lexington/Rowman & Littlefield, 2008); Princely Virtues in the Middle Ages, 1200-1500 (Brepols, 2007); John of Salisbury (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 2005); and Heresy in Transition (Ashgate, 2005). He has also published well over 100 journal articles and book chapters, including contributions to the American Political Science Review, Journal of PoliticsPolitical Theory, Journal of the History of IdeasHistory of Political ThoughtSpeculum, and many other leading journals in political science, history, philosophy, and medieval studies. His scholarship is widely cited in book and article literature, as evidenced by the link below.

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