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 researches the history of political thought, contemporary political theory, and education policy. His first book, Kantian Courage, considers how Anglo-American, Continental, and Islamic political theorists renovate Kant's critical philosophy. Tampio's second book, Deleuze's Political Vision, explains why A Thousand Plateaus ought to enter the political theory canon. His third book is Common Core: National Education Standards and the Threat to Democracy, and his fourth book, Learning versus the Common Core, collects articles about education that he has published in Aeon, CNN, the Conversation, US News & World Report, and other outlets. He is the political theory editor of Politics & Religion and the co-editor-in-chief of Comparative Political Theory. He is presently writing a book on Teaching Political Theory for Edward Elgar Publishing. Tampio serves as the faculty mentor of the Fordham Political Review and the department's Pi Sigma Alpha chapter. His work has been translated into Albanian, Chinese, Croatian, 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. Click here for his CV.
- 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.
- "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)
- "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.
- "Gates launches lobbying arm – higher education on agenda." The Conversation, June 26, 2019.
- "Why read slowly?" Phi Delta Kappan, January 2, 2019.
- "Regents should turn down PR grant from Gates Foundation." The Journal News, December 11, 2018.
- "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.