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Stéphanie Martens

Stéphanie Martens

Chairperson | Assistant Professor

Adjunct Professor
Department of Political Science


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I specialize in political theory and the history of political thought. 
I grew up and completed my undergraduate studies in France, at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Rennes before moving to Canada. I have also studied at the University of Queensland, Australia. I hold a M.A. degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Alberta, completed in 2012.  Prior to my appointment with Laurentian University, I was working as a full-time replacement professor at the University of Ottawa.

I am bilingual French-English (French is my mother tongue) and I am currently working on improving my German and brushing up on my (limited) ancient languages skills (Latin and ancient Greek).


  • Ph.D. University of Alberta (2012)
  • M.A. University of Saskatchewan (2003)
  • Diplôme de l'Institut d'Études Politiques de Rennes (2001)

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Political Science

Accredited for supervision in the HUMA program.

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areas of specialization:

→ Contemporary critical theory, Nietzsche, and Foucault.
→ History of political thought: early modern, social contract theories, colonialism and post-colonial studies, Indigenous rights and politics in settler states.
→ Epistemology and interpretation in history of ideas: genealogical and contextual (Cambridge School) approaches and their critiques.




For general information and news items on the department of political science and courses offered, you can consult the following page:

Currently (Winter 21):

POLI 2526, Approaches to Justice - remote delivery

POLI-SOCI 2357, Idées politiques et sociales, XIX-aujourd'hui - à distance

Past classes:

POLI 1006, Politique et Sociétés

POLI 3766, Canadian Political Ideas (W2019)

POLI 3466, Film and Politics

HUMA 5477, Text and Time: Foucauldian Approaches

POLI-SOCI 4466, Marxist Political Theory

POLI 4417, Democracy and Political Theory

POLI-SOCI 3437, The Colonizer and the Colonized

POLI 3056, Epistemological Issues in Political Science


Recent book review:


"Politics of Discomfort: Nietzsche and Foucault against the Pursuit of Happiness"
to be published in Nietzsche's Perspectives on the Political.

2016. The Americas in Early Modern Political Theory: States of Nature and Aboriginality. (London, UK : Palgrave Macmillan)

2015. « Foucault et Skinner : une autre histoire du libéralisme. » dans Foucault Post-Mortem en Europe. Ed. Hintermeyer, P. (Strasbourg : Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg)

2013. « État de nature et la figure du “noble sauvage” chez Rousseau » dans Des apories de l'universalisme aux promesses de l'universel. Ed. Ali-Khodja, M. Collection Mercure du Nord. (Québec : Presses de l’Université Laval)

2012. « Le concept de biopolitique chez Foucault: entre souveraineté et gouvernementalité » publié dans La Biopolitique outre-atlantique après Foucault. Eds. Kiéfer, A. et David Risse. Collection Esthétiques - Culture et Politique. (Paris : L’Harmattan)