Adam Sandel

Adam Sandel

Lecturer on Social Studies
Adam Sandel

Adam Sandel is Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University and the author of The Place of Prejudice: A Case for Reasoning within the World (Harvard University Press, 2014).  Described by reviewers as “bold and invigorating,” and “a remarkable, deeply humanizing book,” The Place of Prejudice draws on the history of philosophy from Aristotle to Heidegger and Gadamer to explore the role of background understandings and pre-judgments in moral, political, and legal reasoning, historical understanding, and scientific knowledge.

Sandel received his B.A. summa cum laude in Government from Harvard in 2008, and his D.Phil. (2013) in political philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Clarendon Scholar. The American Political Science Association awarded his doctoral dissertation the 2014 Leo Strauss Award for “best dissertation in the field of political philosophy.”

His research and teaching interests include ancient and modern political philosophy, and contemporary debates about justice, rights, and constitutional law. Sandel’s current projects include two articles on Plato, an article on the concept of violence, and an article on Nietzsche’s concept of the will to power and the television series Breaking Bad.  His new book project, What's Wrong with Tyranny, is on the self-defeating character of the drive for dominion over others.

Sandel has taught courses in contemporary political theory, nineteenth and twentieth century social theory, the American political tradition, and political rhetoric.  He is a five-time recipient of the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching awarded by Harvard’s Derek Bok Center.

Sandel has played and coached baseball, is an amateur meteorologist, loves to cook, and is a sports enthusiast. In December 2016, he set the Guinness World Record for most pull-ups in one minute.

2019-20 Courses
Social Studies 98qk: The Ideal of the Open Mind (Fall)

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