Nicholas Tampio, Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
M.A., Indiana University
B.A., New College of Florida
665 Faber Hall
441 East Fordham Road
Department of Political Science
Bronx, NY 10458
Nicholas Tampio is a professor of political science at Fordham University. He has published books on Kant's legacy in contemporary political theory, the political vision of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, and why democracies should not have national education standards. Tampio is an editor for the journals Politics & Religion and Comparative Political Theory and is the faculty mentor for the Fordham Political Review and the Fordham Pi Sigma Alpha chapter. Tampio often writes for public facing outlets such as Aeon, the Boston Globe, the Conversation, and the Washington Post, and his articles have been translated into Albanian, Chinese, Croatian, Estonian, French, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese. His essay, Look up from your screen, is included in The Norton Reader alongside essays by Maya Angelou, Frederick Douglass, and Benjamin Franklin. He is presently writing a book on Teaching Political Theory for Edward Elgar Publishing.
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- Learning versus the Common Core, University of Minnesota Press, 2019.
- Common Core: National Education Standards and the Threat to Democracy, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.
- Podcasts: Political Theory Review, First Things, No Jargon
- Reviews: Wall Street Journal, Curmudgucation, The American Conservative, Law and Liberty, Independent Institute, Perspectives on Politics, Forbes, The Journal of Politics, Educational Theory, The Journal of Educational Foundations, Democracy & Education
- TV: C-SPAN2 BookTV
- One minute lecture: English, Spanish
- Deleuze's Political Vision, Modernity and Political Thought series, Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
- Kantian Courage: Advancing the Enlightenment in Contemporary Political Theory. Fordham University Press, 2012.
- "The Misguided Quest for a Constitutional Right to Education " Phi Delta Kappan, vol. 102, no. 6, 2021.
- "A Democratic Critique of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards." Democracy & Education, vol. 26, no. 1, 2018.
- "Democracy and National Education Standards." Journal of Politics, vol. 79, no. 1, 2017.
- "Green Allies: Speculative Realism, Evangelical Christianity, and Political Pluralism," Political Theology, vol. 17, no. 6, 2016.
- "Entering Deleuze's Political Vision." Deleuze Studies, vol. 8, no. 1, 2014.
- "Promoting Critical Islam: Controversy, Civil Society, Revolution." Politics & Religion, vol. 6, no. 4, 2013.
- "The Politics of the Garden (pairadaeza)." Theory & Event, vol 16, no. 2, 2013.
- "A Defense of Political Constructivism." Contemporary Political Theory, vol. 11, no. 3, 2012. See also:
- "Constructing the Space of Testimony: Tariq Ramadan's Copernican Revolution." Political Theory, vol. 39, no. 5, 2011.
- "Assemblages and the Multitude: Deleuze, Hardt, Negri, and the Postmodern Left." European Journal of Political Theory, vol. 8, no. 3, 2009.
- "Rawls and the Kantian Ethos." Polity, vol. 39, no.1, 2007.
- "Writing Political Theory: Lessons from an Apprenticeship." PS: Political Science & Politics, vol. 38, no. 3, 2005.
- "What if Neoliberalism Captures the Human Rights Establishment? Sustainable Development Goal 4 and the Global Education Reform Movement." Human Rights Review, vol. 19 no. 3, 2018.
- "Bonnie Honig, Political Theory and the Displacement of Politics." The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory, 2016.
- "Political Theory and the Untimely." Political Theory, 2016.
- "Islamic Political Thought." Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Wiley Blackwell, 2014.
- "Metaphysics and Postmetaphysics." Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Wiley Blackwell, 2014.
- "Pluralism in the Ethical Community." In Kant's Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason: A Critical Guide, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
- "What if the Pious Don't Want to Deliberate?" Political Theory, vol. 42, no. 1, 2014.
- "Multiplicity." Encyclopedia of Political Theory, Sage Publications, 2010.
Book Reviews and Review Essays
- "Derailing Fascism." Kairos, vol. 5, no. 1, 2020.
- "War for peace: Genealogies of a violent ideal in western and Islamic political thought" Contemporary Political Theory, 2020.
- "Who Won the Math Wars?" Perspectives on Politics, vol. 15, no. 4, 2017.
- "Is Perpetual Peace Possible?" Political Theory, October 2017.
- "Democracy, Federal Power, and Education Reform." Perspectives on Politics, vol. 14, no. 2, 2016.
- "On the Coptic Question." Contemporary Political Theory, January 12, 2016.
- "Routledge Companion to Ethics, Politics and Organizations." E-International Relations, 2015.
- "Despots, Systematizers, and the Liberal Quandary." Theory & Event, vol. 8, no. 3, 2015.
- "In the Spirit of Critique; Arts of the Political." Perspectives on Politics, vol. 12, no. 4, 2014.
- "Kant's Political Theory." Perspectives on Politics, vol. 11, no. 1, 2013.
- "Islam and the Arab Awakening." The Journal of North African Studies, vol. 18, no. 2, 2013.
- "Rawls, Constructivism, and the Tragic." H-Net, 2011.
- "The Politics of the Eternal Return." Theory & Event, vol. 13, no. 3, 2010.
- "Kant and the Limits of Autonomy." Perspectives on Politics, vol. 7, no. 4, 2009.
- "Redefining Kant's Legacy." Political Theory, vol. 34, no. 6, 2006.
- "Twenty-first Century Enlightenment." The Journal of Politics, vol. 68, no. 2, 2006.
- "Can the Multitude Save the Left?" Theory & Event, vol. 8, no. 2, 2005.
Popular Articles (selection)
- "Kids need to play this summer, not catch up on school" Washington Post, February 22, 2021.
- "Keep the feds out of civics education" Boston Globe, September 23, 2020.
- With Enzo Rossi. "From racial capitalism to woke capitalism." MarketWatch, August 27, 2020
- "Tapping Jim Malatras to lead SUNY, NY shows how not to hire a leader." Journal News, August 26, 2020
- "AP courses do not deserve college credit." Inside Higher Ed, May 26, 2020.
- "Horse farms and career pathways." Los Angeles Review of Books, May 2, 2020.
- "Children learn best when engaged in the living world not on screens." Aeon, August 2, 2018.
- "Time to ditch the SAT." US News & World Report, April 13, 2018.
- "Why rule by the people is better than rule by the experts." Aeon, October 18, 2017.
- For a complete list of his popular articles, click here.