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Rob Goodman is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Theory, with a minor in Law. He is an instructor in Columbia's Core Curriculum and is a 2017-18 Heyman Center for the Humanities Fellow. His interests include rhetoric, classics, and the history of political thought. Before beginning graduate study at Columbia, Rob worked as speechwriter for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Sen. Chris Dodd. He studied at Duke University (B.A., English, 2005) and George Washington University (M.A., Public Policy, 2011).
Rob is the co-author of two books: A Mind at Play, a biography of Claude Shannon (Simon & Schuster, September 2017), and Rome's Last Citizen, a book on Cato the Younger and the Roman Republic (Thomas Dunne, 2012). His academic work has appeared in History of Political Thought (2016), The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (2014), and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal (2010). His paper "Edmund Burke and the Deliberative Sublime" was the co-winner of the Review of Politics Award for best paper in normative political theory at the 2016 Midwest Political Science Association Conference. He has also written for Slate, The Atlantic, Politico Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Democracy online, and The Millions. He has served as an editorial assistant for several books, including The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World That He Made by Philip Bobbitt, Washington's Farewell by John Avlon, and Resilience by Eric Greitens.