Graduate Students

Cody Trojan

Contact Information

Email    codytrojan@ucla.edu
Office  Bunche 3256
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I explore republican thought in the early modern period in order to rethink how we regard authority in contemporary political life.

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.

Degrees

Ph.D.

Fields of Study

Political Theory

Research

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