Robert Wyllie

Robert Wyllie

Fields of Study: Political Theory, International Relations


Areas of interest: History of political thought, political economy

I am a political theorist and a 2020 Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.

My research investigates inequality and the politics of resentment in the history of the political thought. I focus on changes in the way that political philosophers understand and write about envy.

In my dissertation, “Beyond Envy: Spinoza’s Solution to An Ancient Political Problem,” I argue that in contrast to ancient philosophers who see envy as a constant threat to political stability, Spinoza inaugurates a modern tradition in which access to commercial and political opportunities bypass the conditions that generate destructive envy.

Before coming to Notre Dame, I taught history for four years to grades 9-12 at the Miller School of Albemarle in Charlottesville, Virginia. I received my M.A. and B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia.

My work has appeared in Perspectives on Political Science, Res Philosophica, Telos, and other journals.