Rob Goodman is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 2018. His dissertation, Eloquence and Its Conditions, investigates the development of models of skilled speech in classical antiquity, as well as their translation into modern institutional settings. It proposes that these models remain a valuable resource for critiquing the current state of political speech.
At Columbia, Rob worked as an Core Curriculum instructor and was a Heyman Center for the Humanities Fellow. Before beginning his doctoral studies, Rob worked as speechwriter for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Senator Chris Dodd. He also studied at Duke University (BA, English, 2005) and George Washington University (MA, 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 the American Political Science Review (2018), Redescriptions (2018), 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, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aeon, and Nautilus, and he has served as a research or editorial assistant for ten additional books.