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 a lecturer (assistant professor) in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I grew up in Tel-Aviv and worked as a journalist for some years. After a BA in Philosophy and in the Amirim Interdisciplinary Program and an MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University, I completed a PhD in Politics at Princeton University, with Philip Pettit as my primary advisor. I served as a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University before taking on my current position.

    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; on 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 has been published or is forthcoming in Citizenship Studies, History of Political ThoughtJournal of the History of Ideas, Journal of Political Ideologies, Modern Intellectual History, and The Review of Politics

    I have 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.