Graduate Students

Cody Trojan

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Office  Bunche 3256

My dissertation explores republican thought in the early modern period in order to rethink how we regard authority in contemporary political life.  I analyze the nature of political legitimacy by evaluating early modern iterations of republican exclusivism, the claim that only republican government is legitimate.   For some, the republic’s unique claim to legitimacy lies in its political constitution: the entwinement of aristocratic virtue and popular liberty that improves upon the ancient model of the mixed constitution.  For others, republican authority hinges on the psychic and bodily constitution of the citizen rather than the political constitution of the state.  I demonstrate how competing images of authority respond to the specific contexts of political illegitimacy facing early modern authors, crises both historically distant and thematically proximate to our own.  



Fields of Study

Political Theory


History of political thought (Enlightenment, republicanism, American political thought, African American political thought), Contemporary political theory (democratic theory, liberalism, postcolonial studies, feminist studies, critical theory), and American political development (Reconstruction era, constitutional law)


Revolution as Restoration or Foundation?  Frantz Fanon’s Politics of World Building.” Contemporary Political Theory, 15:4 (2016): 399-416.

"Republican Auctoritas: Harrington's Dual Theory of Political Legitimacy." The European Journal of Political Theory.  First published online January 9, 2019,