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03-30-2010

Christopher Robinson Receives Tenure & Promotion to Associate Professor at Clarkson University

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Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Christopher C. Robinson has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of political science in School of Arts & Sciences Department of Humanities & Social Sciences.Christopher Robinson Receives Tenure & Promotion to Associate Professor

Robinson has been a faculty member in the department since 1998. He received his Ph.D. from SUNY Albany, his M.A. from SUNY Albany and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and his B.A. from Siena College, all in political science. His scholarly work has focused on political and legal theory in the contemporary era, with particular focus on language and the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In 2009, Robinson’s book, Wittgenstein and Political Theory: The View from Somewhere, was published by Edinburgh and Columbia University Press. This study was the first comprehensive examination of Wittgenstein’s philosophy by a political theorist in almost 40 years. It is receiving significant scholarly attention in both Europe and the United States.

Since completing the book, Robinson has embarked on two new projects. The first is a book length manuscript, Democracy and Ecological Economics: The Politics of Sustainability, which examines the implications of arguments pertaining to the unsustainability of economic growth and impending ecological catastrophe for democratic theory. The second project is a study of the relationship between literature and political theory. Robinson’s recent article on the novel trilogy of Albert Camus is part of this investigation.

Robinson teaches an array of courses in political theory, American politics, and public law, and is co-advisor to the university’s Law and Society Program. For over a decade, Robinson has taught in the HEOP Summer Pre-freshman Experience and has engaged in various diversity initiatives on campus.

He was awarded Clarkson’s first Martin Luther King Jr. Award this past January. In addition to his teaching, Robinson has served on many professional and university committees and is advisor to several groups, including Phi Sigma Sigma, the Philosophy Club, and the Pre-Med Program.

For more than eight years, Robinson has been the co-host of North Country Public Radio’s "Readers and Writers on the Air." In this capacity he has helped bring the voices and thoughts of some of the world’s most important writer’s to the region, while also publicizing the scholarly and literary contributions of local faculty and writers. He is married to Sunhee Sohn-Robinson, a physician assistant and rising star on the local tennis scene.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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