Stéphanie Martens

Stéphanie Martens

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science


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.





POLI 2426, Individual, Community, and the Political Order

POLI 4156, Critical Approaches in Political Theory (W2018)

POLI 3766, Canadian Political Ideas (W2019)

POLI 3466, Film and Politics

HUMA 5477, Text and Time: Foucauldian Approaches

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

POLI 1006, Politique et Sociétés

Past classes:

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


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)