Yiftah Elazar

Yiftah new 2019
Doctor, Department of Political Science
Room 4316, Social Science
Office Hours: Monday, 15:30-16:30

I am an historian of political thought and political theorist working as an assistant professor (lecturer) at the Department of Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My primary research and teaching interests lie in the republican tradition and its potential contribution to modern democratic theory, in conceptions of liberty and citizenship, and in the history of political thought in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

My book manuscript, The Revolution of Liberty: Richard Price and the Idea of Liberty as Self-government, is a study of the popular republican account of liberty developed by the philosopher Richard Price and its significance in the Age of Revolutions and in our own time. With Geneviève Rousselière (Duke University), I have edited a volume entitled Republicanism and the Future of Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2019), which offers new perspectives from leading scholars on how republicanism can help transform democratic theory and respond to some of its most pressing challenges. 

My BA (Philosophy and the Amirim Interdisciplinary Honors Program in the Humanities) and my MA (Political Science) are both from The Hebrew University. I completed my PhD in Politics at Princeton University and served as a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University and at The Hebrew University. Before committing to an academic career, I worked as a journalist for some years (Galei-Tzahal, Yedioth Ahronoth, Ynet, Kol Ha’ir, The Seventh Eye).