Corey Robin

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Corey Robin (born 1967) is an American political theorist, journalist and professor[1] of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has devoted his scholarly attention to the study of the contemporary forms of American conservatism and neoconservatism as well as of the difficulties of both liberals and the New Left in dealing with American supremacy after the end of the Cold War. Raised in Chappaqua, New York,[2] Robin graduated from Princeton University and received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1999.[3]


Robin is the author of the books Fear: The History of a Political Idea and The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin. A second edition of The Reactionary Mind was released in 2018 with a new subtitle, From Edmund Burke to Donald Trump. Robin's articles have appeared in many reviews and newspapers, including American Political Science Review, Social Research, Theory and Event, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Review of Books, The Nation, Jacobin and Dissent.

As interim director at the Graduate Center for Worker Education at Brooklyn College in 2013, Robin was part of the decision-making process to restructure the program. In a Portside essay, Robin urged readers to ignore a petition protesting the elimination of funding.[4] On August 1, 2013, Portside published a statement by Immanuel Ness, editor of WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society, also of Brooklyn College, countering Robin and urging that the petition be signed.[5] Robin responded to these criticisms, providing a litany of details regarding his opinions about mismanagement and questionable use of the facility.[6]


  • "Endgame" (2004). Boston Review (February/March 2004).
  • "Strangers in the Land" (2006). The Nation (March 23, 2006).
  • "Out of Place" (2008). The Nation (June 4, 2008).
  • "The Fear of the Liberals". The Nation (September 26, 2005).
  • "The Ex-Cons: Right-Wing Thinkers Go Left!". Lingua Franca (January 2001). pp. 24–33.
  • Fear: The History of a Political Idea (2004). New York and London. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-515702-8.
  • The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin (2011). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-979374-3.
  • The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump (2018). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0190692001.


  1. ^ "Faculty Profile - Brooklyn College". Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Is Corey Robin the Ultimate Facebook Lefty, Twitter Radical, and Anti-Zionist Scourge?". Tablet Magazine. January 7, 2015.
  3. ^ Robin, E. Corey (24 August 1999). "Fear: Biography of an idea". Dissertation Abstracts International. Retrieved 24 August 2018 – via Library Catalog.
  4. ^ "Corey Robin: Please Do Not Sign Brooklyn College Worker Ed Petition". Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Support Worker Education at CUNY - Response to Corey Robin - Still Another Perspective on Worker Ed Program". Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  6. ^ "More Information on Brooklyn College Worker Ed Center". Retrieved 24 August 2018.

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