Randy Martin, 1957-2015

rmartinphotobioWe are sad to learn of the death of Randy Martin, who passed away on January 28. Martin was Professor of Art and Policy at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Martin was a long time collaborator with Duke University Press, author of three books with us and a member of the Social Text collective.

In his work Martin explored the intersections between art and politics. Martin’s most recent book with us was An Empire of Indifference: American War and the Financial 978-0-8223-3996-0_prLogic of Risk Management (2007), an argument that a financial logic of risk management underwrites U.S. foreign and domestic policy. He was also the author of Chalk Lines: The Politics of Work in the Managed University (1999) and Critical Moves (1998). He was the editor of several special issues of Social Text, including Turning Pro (2004), Corruption in Corporate Culture (2003), and 911-A Public Emergency? (2002).

Martin held degrees in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the City University of New York. A performer as well as a scholar, at NYU he was known as an advocate for the arts. Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues.


  1. I am in shock and profoundly sad for the passing of Randy. Thank to him, me and my partner could leave Cuba twenty three years ago. He was kind, sensible and smart with an exquisite sense of humor. We will always remember your kindness dear friend.


  2. I am deeply saddened that this amazingly beautiful man is no longer here to pass his magic onto all the people he touches. My thoughts are with his family and my heart is heavy.


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