Andrew March

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Assoc Prof Political Science; Asst Prof Religious Studies; Assoc Prof (Adj) Law Sch
115 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
Associate Professor of Political Science; DUS of EPE and MMES
Address: 115 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
Political Science: Rosenkranz Hall, 115 Prospect St., Room 135
EPE: 31 Hillhouse Ave, Room 112
DPhil, Oxford (2006)
B.A., University of Pennsylvania (2000)
Research and Teaching Interests
Political theory; Islamic political thought; Islamic law; religion and political theory; comparative political theory.
Editor-in-Chief, “World Thought in Translation” Series (Yale University Press)
Recipient of the Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion, American Academy of Religion (Constructive-Reflective Studies Category)
Representative Articles
Andrew March’s Scholarly Papers
2015. “Political Islam: Theory,” Annual Review of Political Science, vol. 18 (June 2015, forthcoming).
2015. “Naturalizing Sharīʿa:Foundationalist Ambiguities in Modern Islamic Apologetics,” Islamic Law and Society, 22:1-2 (February 2015, forthcoming).
2015. “Democratizing Toleration,” Critical Exchange on Toleration, Contemporary Political Theory (forthcoming).
2015. “What Can the Islamic Past Teach Us about Secular Modernity?” (Review Essay), Political Theory (forthcoming).
2013. “Rethinking Religious Reasons in Public Justification,” American Political Science Review, Vol. 107, No. 3 (August 2013) pp. 523-539.
2013. “Genealogies of Sovereignty in Islamic Political Theology,Social Research (Special Issue on Political Theology),  Vol. 80 No. 1 (Spring 2013), pp. 293-320.
2013. “Ambivalent Universalism? Jus ad bellum in Modern Islamic Legal Discourse,” European Journal of International Law, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2013, pp. 367-389 (with Naz K. Modirzadeh).
2012. “Speech and the Sacred: Does the Defense of Free Speech Rest on a Mistake about Religion?Political Theory, Vol. 40 Issue 3 (June 2012), pp. 318-345.
2011. “Speaking about Muhammad, Speaking for Muslims,” Critical Inquiry, Vol. 37, No. 4, Summer 2011, pp. 806-821.
2011. “Theocrats Living under Secular Law: An External Engagement with Islamic Legal Theory,” Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2011, pp. 28-51.
2011. “Law as a Vanishing Mediator in the Theological Ethics of Tariq Ramadan,” European Journal of Political Theory, Vol. 10, No. 2, April 2011, pp. 177-201.
2011. “Is There a Right to Polygamy? Marriage, Equality and Subsidizing Families in Liberal Public Justification,Journal of Moral Philosophy, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2011, pp. 244-270.
2010. “Taking People as They Are: Islam as a ‘Realistic Utopia’ in the Political Theory of Sayyid Qutb,American Political Science Review, Vol. 104, No. 1, February 2010, pp. 189-207.
2010. “What Lies Beyond Same-Sex Marriage? Marriage, Reproductive Freedom and Future Persons in Liberal Public Justification,” Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 27, No. 1, February 2010, pp. 39-58.
2009. “What is Comparative Political Theory?The Review of Politics, Vol. 71, No. 4, Fall 2009, pp. 531-565.
2009. “Are Secularism and Neutrality Attractive to Religious Minorities? Islamic Discussions of Western Secularism in the ‘Jurisprudence of Muslim Minorities’ (Fiqh al-Aqalliyyat) Discourse,” Cardozo Law Review [Symposium Issue on Constitutionalism and Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival: the Challenge of Local & Global Fundamentalism] Vol.  30, No. 6, pp. 2821-2854.
2007. “Reading Tariq Ramadan: Political Liberalism, Islam and ‘Overlapping Consensus,’Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 21, No. 4 (Winter), pp. 399-413.
2007. “Islamic Foundations for a Social Contract in Non-Muslim Liberal Democracies,” American Political Science Review, Vol. 101, No. 2 (May), pp. 235-252.
2006. “Liberal Citizenship and the Search for Overlapping Consensus: The Case of Muslim Minorities,” Philosophy & Public Affairs, 34.4 (Fall), pp. 373-421.”
2003. “From Leninism to Karimovism: Hegemony, Ideology and Authoritarian Legitimation,” Post-Soviet Affairs, 19.4, pp. 307-336.
2003. “State Ideology and the Legitimation of Authoritarianism: The Case of Post-Soviet Uzbekistan,” Journal of Political Ideologies, Vol. 8, No. 2 (June), pp. 209-232.
2002. “The Use and Abuse of History: ‘National Ideology’ as Transcendental Object in Islam Karimov’s ‘Ideology of National Independence’,” Central Asian Survey, Vol. 21, No. 4 (December), pp. 371-384.
Work in progress
I am presently at work on a number of projects related to modern Islamic political thought. One project examines modern Islamic theories of political sovereignty, particularly how they negotiate between the ideals of divine and popular sovereignty. Another project is a study of modern Islamic justifications and characterizations of shari’a as a socio-political doctrine appropriate for “all times and places,” focusing in particular on the uses of theological anthropology and moral psychology.
2014-15 Classes
Directed Studies, Philosophy (Fall 2014)
Kant’s Political Philosophy (Spring 2015)
Past Classes (contact me for syllabi)
Introduction to Political Theory (PLSC 599)
Islamic Law & Ethics (PLSC 329 (589); YLS 20484; RLST 197 (713))
Islamic Political Thought (PLSC 325)
Terrorism, Ethics, Rule of Law (PLSC 286)
Sovereignty (PLSC 306(635); EP&E 255; PHIL 462)
Introduction to Political Theory: Analyzing Political Concepts (PLSC 315)
Contemporary Political Philosophy: Justification (PLSC 588b)
Comparative Political Theory: Islam and Liberalism (PLSC 321; EP&E 314)
Religion and Political Theory (PLSC 289)