William Selinger

William Selinger

Lecturer on Social Studies
William Selinger

William Selinger is a Lecturer in Harvard’s Committee on Degrees in Social Studies. He received his PhD in political theory from Harvard in 2015.

Selinger’s research addresses a wide variety of topics, such as political corruption; the history of French and English liberalism; parliamentary government vs. presidentialism; political representation; twentieth-century continental thought; and contemporary democratic theory in France and the United States. His work has been published in numerous political theory and intellectual history journals, including European Journal of Political Theory, Modern Intellectual History, History of European Ideas, The Tocqueville Review, and Constellations.

Selinger is presently completing his first book, entitled Liberalism and Parliamentary Government. It shows that two of the great challenges associated with political institutions today, corruption and constitutional stalemate, were also at the center of French and English liberal political thought in the century after the French Revolution. Selinger examines the wide-ranging and neglected debates among authors such as Benjamin Constant, John Stuart Mill, Alexis de Tocqueville, Francois Guizot, and Walter Bagehot over how to overcome these challenges and reform representative government. 

2016-17 Courses
Social Studies 10a: Introduction to Social Studies (Fall)
Social Studies 10b: Introduction to Social Studies (Spring)

Contact Information

336 William James Hall