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Research Project

The State as History and Theory

2013 – 2014

Project Summary

This project brought together a transatlantic group of scholars to advance a new approach to the study of U.S. democratic power that accounts for the mutual construction of state and society.

Research Team

Elisabeth Clemens

Elisabeth Clemens

William Rainey Harper Professor, Political Science

University of Chicago

Elisabeth Clemens is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago whose research explores the role of social movements and organizational innovation in political change. Clemens's first book, The People's Lobby: Organizational Innovation and the Rise of Interest Group Politics in...

Bernard Harcourt

Bernard Harcourt

Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law; Director, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought

Columbia University

Bernard E. Harcourt is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Founding Director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University; and directeur d'études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris....

Stephen Sawyer

Stephen Sawyer

Chair of the History department and Founder of the Urban Studies program at the American University of Paris

The American University of Paris

Stephen W. Sawyer is the Ballantine-Leavitt Professor of History and Director of the Center for Critical Democracy Studies. Sawyer came to the American University of Paris from the University of Chicago center in Paris and the Ecole Normale Supérieure-rue d’Ulm where he was lecturer in the final...

James Sparrow

James Sparrow

Associate Professor of History, the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, and the College

University of Chicago

James Sparrow is a historian of modern US politics broadly construed, with special interests in the mutual constitution of social categories, democratic publics, and state formation. His first book, Warfare State (Oxford University Press, 2011), is a history of the social politics of...

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