Faculty & Staff

James Martel

James Martel

Professor, Interim Chair, Spring 2017

E-mail: jmartel@sfsu.edu
Phone: (415) 405-2162
Office: Humanities (HUM) 576

Office Hours:

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 five books: 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); Love is a Sweet Chain: Desire, Autonomy and Friendship in Liberal Political Theory (Routledge, 2001). He currently has a book under contract with Duke University Press entitled The Misinterpellated Subject. He is also co-editor, along with Jimmy Casas Klausen (University of Wisconsin, Madison) 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 above). In addition to The Misinterpellated Subject, he is currently working on another book projects:When Anarchism was Young: Retrieving early 20th Century Spanish Radicalism as a Way of Life.


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