Cary J. Nederman is professor of political science. His research concentrates on the history of Western political thought, with a specialization in Greek, Roman, and early European ideas up to the seventeenth century. He emphasizes the relationship between historical traditions and contemporary theoretical concerns. He has also published in the field of comparative political thought. His forthcoming book, entitled The Rope and the Chains, continues his long-standing interest in Machiavelli’s ideas. Nederman previously taught at York University (1983-1984) and the University of Alberta in Canada (1984-1986) and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand (1986-1990), as well as at Siena College (1991-1992) and the University of Arizona (1992-2000) in the United States. He served as Associate Head and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Political Science Department at Arizona, as well as the Director of Graduate Studies in political science at A&M from 2002 to 2005.
He has received awards in recognition of his teaching and advising excellence. In addition to membership on the Editorial Boards of several prominent national and international journals, Nederman served three terms as the President of the Board of Directors of the Journal of the History of Ideas, Inc. He co-founded Politica: Society for the Study of Medieval Political Ideas (and currently holds the position of Secretary of the organization). Nederman has been a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies of the International Institute at the University of Michigan and a teaching fellow at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, England. He was the recipient of Fulbright Alumni Initiative and Fulbright Senior Specialist awards. Nederman has delivered keynote and plenary talks concerning his research at major international as well as national conferences. In February of 2017, a conference honoring his scholarship was held at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. A volume arising from that conference dedicated to his scholarly career will be published by Routledge in 2023.
Nederman is the author or editor of over 25 books, recent among which his include The Bonds of Humanity: Legacies of Ciceronian Social and Political Thought, c.1100-c.1550 (Penn State, 2020); Thomas Becket: An Intimate Portrait (Paulist Press, 2020); Inventing Modernity in Medieval European Thought, c. 1100 – c. 1450 (Medieval Institute Press, 2018); Religion, Power and Resistance from the Eleventh to the Sixteenth Centuries: Playing the Heresy Card (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2015); A Companion to Marsilius of Padua (Brill, 2011); and Mind Matters: Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Intellectual History (Brepols, 2010). He has also published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, including contributions to the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Political Theory, Journal of the History of Ideas, Review of Politics, History of Political Thought, Speculum, and many other leading journals in political science, history, philosophy, and medieval and Renaissance studies. His scholarship is widely cited in book and article literature.
In addition to writing further articles and book chapters, Nederman is currently at work on a new monograph about receptions of Aristotelian political and moral thought in Western Europe during the period from roughly 1100 to 1325. He is also in the process of co-editing the Elgar Research Handbook on the History of Political Thought, which, when completed, will include 42 entries and run to approximately 250,000 words.