Yiftah Elazar

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Doctor, Department of Political Science
Room 4316, Social Science

I am an historian of political thought and political theorist working as a lecturer (assistant professor) in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My primary research and teaching interests lie in the republican tradition, its critics, and its potential contribution to modern democratic theory; in conceptions of liberty, citizenship, community, and government; and in the history of political thought in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. I have worked on the political philosophy of Richard Price, Jeremy Bentham, Adam Ferguson, and Adam Smith; the history of the negative idea of liberty (with Efraim Podoksik); and on the concept of "ethnorepublican citizenship" in Israel (with Natan Milikowsky). My work was published or is forthcoming in Citizenship Studies, History of Political Thought, Journal of the History of Ideas, Journal of Political Ideologies, Modern Intellectual History, and The Review of Politics. I co-edited (with Geneviève Rousselière) 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 book manuscript, The Revolution of Liberty: Richard Price and the Idea of Freedom 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. I received my BA in Philosophy and in the Amirim Interdisciplinary Program and my MA in MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University, before completing a PhD in Politics at Princeton University, with Philip Pettit as my primary advisor. In 2013-2015, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University.