An American and Italian citizen, David Ragazzoni is currently a Ph.D. student in political theory and a teaching assistant at the Department of Political Science of Columbia University in New York, where he also pursues a 'special minor' in law. His research is fully funded by a Dean's Fellowship and primarily supervised by Nadia Urbinati. Mr. Ragazzoni was trained in the history of political philosophy at Scuola Normale Superiore (the Italian École Normale Supérieure) and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa (Italy), two elite institutions of the Italian academic system, which fully funded his undergraduate and graduate studies. Before embarking on a Ph.D. at Columbia, he was a visiting student at Yale (Department of Politics), a visiting scholar at Columbia (Department of Political Science), and a part-time lecturer and graduate fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (Department of Politics), where he also received the President Amy Gutmann Leadership Award.
Recent publications (selected):
- *“Political Compromise in Party Democracy: An Overlooked Puzzle in Kelsen’s Democratic Theory” (7,000 words): in C. Rostbøll and T. Scavenius (eds.), Compromise and Disagreement in Contemporary Political Theory, Routledge (‘Routledge Innovations in Political Theory’ series), forthcoming in 2018 https://www.routledge.com/Compromise-and-Disagreement-in-Contemporary-Political-Theory/Rostboll-Scavenius/p/book/9781138230620
*Winner of the 2017 Doria Prize for the best paper across the four subfields of Politics submitted by a Ph.D. student at Columbia University’s Department of Political Science in years 1-2-3 of the Ph.D. Program (2017 Prize Committee: Professors Richard Betts, Jon Elster, and Jeffrey Lax)
- "Giuseppe Mazzini's democratic theory of nations" (8,000 words): book chapter currently under peer review.
- Italy’s Second Republic. Genealogy of an Ideology (book coauthored with Nadia Urbinati; in Italian), Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milano, 2016 (202 pp.) http://www.raffaellocortina.it/scheda-libro/nadia-urbinati-david-ragazzoni/la-vera-seconda-repubblica-9788860308108-2306.html
- Theories of Representative Government and Parliamentarism in Italy from the 1840s to the 1920s (book chapter coauthored with Nadia Urbinati; 7,200 words): in P. Ihalainen, C. Ilie and K. Palonen (eds.), Parliament and Parliamentarism: A Comparative History of a European Concept, Berghahn Books (‘European Conceptual History’ series), Oxford-New York, 2016, pp. 243-261 http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/IhalainenParliament
- Review (2,000 words) of R. Muirhead, The Promise of Party in a Polarized Age (Harvard UP, 2014), in “Political Theory. An International Journal of Political Philosophy” (forthcoming)
- Review (2,000 words) of R. Tuck, The Sleeping Sovereign. The Invention of Modern Democracy (Cambridge UP, 2014), in “Constellations. An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory” (forthcoming in 2017)
- Review (1,700 words) of C. Schmitt, Dialogues on Power and Space, eds. F. Finchelstein and A. Kalyvas, transl. S. Garrett Zeitlin (Polity Press, 2015) and of C. Schmitt, Land and Sea. A World-Historical Meditation, Eds. and with Introductions R. A. Berman and S. Garrett Zeitlin (Telos Press Publishing, 2015), in “Cambridge Review of International Affairs” (forthcoming in 2017)
Recent conference presentations (selected):
- (with Nadia Urbinati) “Odium partium at the dawn of party democracy: the Italian case”: coauthored paper presented at the International Workshop Democratic Theory Beyond Deliberation: New Approaches to Representative Democracy (University of Oxford, 22-23 June 2017)
- “Democracy’s Game: How (Not) to Play It. On Norberto Bobbio and ‘le regole del gioco’ (the rules of the game)”: paper presented at the Harvard-Brown Graduate Conference in Italian Studies (Harvard University, 7-8 April 2017)
Service to the Profession (invited peer reviews):
Scholarly journals: Contemporary Political Theory (Palgrave); *Constellations. An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory (Wiley-Blackwell); Materiali per una storia della cultura giuridica (Il Mulino).
* means ‘multiple times’
Teaching and Coursework
At Columbia University, New York
- Teaching Assistant* for Political Theory I (undergraduate course, covering canonical texts from Herodotus to the contemporary debates; 140 students enrolled) taught by Prof. Nadia Urbinati, Department of Political Science, Columbia University (Fall 2017).
*Teaching one-hour weekly sections; grading assignments and papers; holding regular office hours.
- Teaching Assistant* for Political Theory I (undergraduate course, covering canonical texts from Sophocles to Habermas; 80 students enrolled) taught by Prof. Ayten Gündoğdu, Department of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University (Spring 2017); interpolated median: 4.79/5; mean: 4.41/5 – detailed comments and TA’s evaluations available upon request.
*Teaching one-hour weekly sections twice a week; grading assignments and papers; holding regular office hours. Prof. Gündoğdu gave me the chance to design and give a 90-minute lecture on Tocqueville, and kindly observed and provided feedback on both my teaching and lecturing style.
- Teaching Assistant* for Introduction to Human Rights (undergraduate course; 150 students enrolled) taught by Prof. Andrew Nathan, Department of Political Science, Columbia University (Fall 2016); interpolated median: 5.58/6; mean: 5.55/6 – detailed comments and TA’s evaluations available upon request.
*Teaching one-hour weekly sections (with a focus on the history and theory of Human Rights); grading assignments and papers; holding office hours.
At the University of Pennsylvania
- Money and Markets. The Politics of Liberty from Thomas Hobbes to Michael Sandel. Forty hours of lectures and class discussion (for undergraduates); primary and only instructor as a Stipendiary Part-Time Lecturer, College of Liberal and Professional Studies (Division of Political Science), University of Pennsylvania, July-August 2015 (average rating: 3.44/4; syllabus and detailed teacher’s evaluations available upon request).
Coursework in Political Theory: Issues in Political Theory (Nadia Urbinati); Modern Political Thought (Nadia Urbinati); Constitutionalism, Sovereignty, and Religion (Jean Cohen); two-course sequence on Constitution-Making (Jon Elster); Commerce and Civic Virtue in the XVIII century (Turkuler Isiksel); Interpretation and Criticism of Political Ideas (Joshua Simon); Recognition in Moral and Political Theory (Axel Honneth).
Coursework in Law (“Special Minor”): Democratic Theory (John Ferejohn and Jeremy Waldron at NYU Law School); Tortured Confessions: From the Inquisition to Guantánamo (Bernard Harcourt and Jesús Velasco at Columbia Law School); The Rule of Law (Jeremy Waldron at NYU Law School).