Faculty & Staff
Professor, Interim Chair, Spring 2017
Phone: (415) 405-2162
Office: Humanities (HUM) 576
Tuesdays 2:00-4:00PM and by appointment
James Martel is a professor in and the chair of the Department of Political Science. He teaches courses in political theory, continental philosophy, anarchism, post colonial theory and theories of gender and sexuality. He is the author of six books: Most recently, he has published The Misinterpellated Subject (Duke University Press, 2017). He has also written a trilogy of books on Walter Benjamin: The One and Only Law, Walter Benjamin and the Second Commandment(Michigan 2014); Divine Violence: Walter Benjamin and the Eschatology of Sovereignty (Routledge/GlassHouse 2011); and Textual Conspiracies: Walter Benjamin, Idolatry and Political Theory (Michigan, 2011). He is also the author of Subverting the Leviathan: Reading Thomas Hobbes as a Radical Democrat (Columbia, 2007) and Love is a Sweet Chain: Desire, Autonomy and Friendship in Liberal Political Theory (Routledge, 2001). He is also co-editor, along with Dr. Jimmy Casas Klausen (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro) of How not to be Governed: Readings and Interpretations from a Critical Anarchist Left (Lexington, 2011). He is also the author of many essays, encyclopedia entries, book chapters and book reviews (for CV, see link). He currently has a book under review with Amherst College Press entitled Unburied Bodies: the Subversive Power of the Corpse. He is also working on another book projects tentatively entitled When Anarchism was Young: Retrieving early 20th Century Spanish Radicalism as a Way of Life.