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Roger D. Masters

Research Professor

Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government, Emeritus
Dartmouth College

Silsby Hall, HB 6108
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755


Email:  roger.d.masters@dartmouth.edu

Roger D Masters (May 2009)

Roger D. Masters is Research Professor at Dartmouth College and Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government at Dartmouth College.  After undergraduate study at Harvard (1955) and service in the Army, Masters completed graduate work in political philosophy at the University of Chicago, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on Rousseau under the direction of Leo Strauss and Joseph Cropsey. 


The central theme of Masters' work is the philosophic and scientific exploration of the role of human nature in political and social behavior. In political philosophy, his studies have emphasized Rousseau and Machiavelli and the implications of contemporary biology for understanding human nature. Recently, his research has focused on cognitive neuroscience, the nonverbal behavior of leaders, and the effects of toxic metals (such as lead and manganese) on human behavior.  He is President of the Foundation for Neuroscience and Society, and serves on the editorial board of Evolutionary Psychology


Information on his work is available via google scholar or wikipedia, or by clicking through to selected articles and books below.



Confirmation of and explanations for elevated blood lead and other disorders in children exposed to water disinfection and fluoridation chemicals, with Myron J. Coplan, Steven C Patch and Marcia S Bachman, Neurotoxicology, 28(5, 2007): 1032-42.

Biology and politics: Linking nature and nurture, Annual Review of Political Science. Vol. 4 (2001): 345-369.

Water treatment with silicofluorides and lead toxicity, with Myron J. Coplan, International Journal of Environmental Studies, 56 (4, 1999): 435-449.

"Environmental Pollution, Neurotoxicity, and Criminal Violence," with Brian T. Hone and Anil Doshi, in J. Rose., ed., Environmental Toxicology: Current Developments (London: Taylor and Francis, 1998), pp. 13-48.

 Emotion and Cognition in Political Information-Processing, with Baldwin M. Way, Journal of Communication 46 (3, 1996), 4865.

 Dominance and Attention: Images of Leaders in German, French, & American TV News, with Siegfried Frey and Gary Bente, Polity, Vol. 23, No. 3 (Spring, 1991): 373-394.

Evolutionary Biology and Political Theory, American Political Science Review, Vol. 84, No. 1 (March, 1990): 195-210.

"Happy Warriors: Leaders' Facial Displays, Viewers' Emotions, and Political Support, with Denis G. Sullivan, American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 32, No. 2 (May 1988): 345-368.



The Collected Writings of Rousseau, with Christopher Kelly, eds. University Press of New England, 12 volumes, 1990-2007.

Fortune is a River: Leonardo Da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli's Magnificent Dream to Change the Course of Florentine History. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998. (See NYT book review.)

The Nature of Politics. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989.

The Political Philosophy of Rousseau. Princeton, N.J., Princeton University Press, 1968. Also available in French, as La philosophie politique de rousseau.  Lyon: ENS Editions, 2002.

The Nation is Burdened: American foreign policy in a changing world. New York: Random House, 1967.