Charles Clavey

Charles Clavey

Lecturer on Social Studies
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Charles Clavey is a Lecturer on Social Studies. He received his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 2019. Prior to coming to Harvard, Charles earned his B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University (2010) and an M.Phil. in History (Political Thought and Intellectual History) from Cambridge University (2011), where he was the Euretta J. Kellett Fellow. A specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century intellectual history, he studies the intersection of the social sciences and political thought in European and transatlantic contexts. His research interests include the histories of philosophical concepts, social-scientific knowledge, political culture, and subjectivities and emotions. He is currently preparing a manuscript, tentatively entitled Experiments in Theory: Empirical Social Science at the Frankfurt School, that recovers the long-neglected role of the social sciences—from cultural anthropology to industrial sociology—in the development of critical theory. A second research project traces the emergence and transformation of the concept of “authoritarianism” across the twentieth century. In addition to this historical research, Charles is interested in methodological and philosophical debates within the social sciences. His work has appeared in Modern Intellectual History, The Los Angeles Review of Books, New Rambler Review, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

2020-21 Courses
Social Studies 10a: Introduction to Social Studies (Fall)
Social Studies 98pv: The Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School (Spring)

Contact Information

William James Hall 307