Graduate Students

Cody Trojan

Contact Information

Office  Bunche 3256

The Anglophone and Francophone republicans I examine share our understanding that political legitimacy requires both checks on executive prerogative and responsiveness to popular sentiment; however, they regard these important criteria as insufficient to secure legitimate government.  A specifically Roman conception of authority supplies the missing ingredient in order to secure political legitimacy.  I argue that the diversity of republican literature of the period can be productively understood as attempts to instantiate a Roman conception of auctoritas in modern conditions of commerce and print culture.  The project is supported by funding from the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library where I am a scholar in residence for the 2017-2018 academic year.



Fields of Study

Political Theory


Contemporary Political Theory, History of Political Thought, American Political Development