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K. Steven Vincent


Department of History

Withers Hall 254

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Current Projects:

Western Socialism: An Intellectual History

Development Policy: Peru


Research Publications

Books and Edited Collections

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon and the Rise of French Republican Socialism (New York:  Oxford University Press, 1984).

Between Marxism and Anarchism:  Benoît Malon and French Reformist  Socialism (Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1992).

The Human Tradition in Modern France, edited with Alison Klairmont Lingo (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 2000)

Benjamin Constant and the Birth of French Liberalism (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011).

Elie Halévy: Republican Liberalism Confronts the Era of Tyranny (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020).

Articles and Book Chapters (since 2008)

“Martin Malia and the European Revolutionary Tradition,” European Journal of Political Theory, 7:4 (2008), 492-512.

“Constant and Women,” The Cambridge Companion to Constant, H. Rosenblatt, ed. (Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press, 2009), 173-205.

“Visions of Stateless Society.”  Cambridge History of Nineteenth Century Political Thought, G. Stedman Jones and G Claeys, eds. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 433-75.

“Liberal Pluralism in Early Nineteenth Century France,” Pluralism and the Idea of the Republic in France, H.S. Jones and J. Wright, eds. (London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012), 41-65.

“Condorcet’s Utopianism: Faith in Science and Reason,” Utopian Moments, J.C. Davis and M.A. Ramiro, eds.(London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2012), 86-91, 161-62.

“Elie Halévy, French Liberalism, and the Politics of the Third Republic” and “Elie Halévy on England and the English,” Modern Intellectual History, 12:1 (2015), 121-26, 173-96.

“Benjamin Constant and Constitutionalism,” Historia Constitucional, n. 16 (2015), 19-46.  [e-journal @].

“Elie Halévy, Between Liberalism and Socialism, 1870-1937,” Perspecives Journal: Réseau français des instituts d’études avancées, no. 13 (printemps-été 2015, 20-21.

“Rousseau and Proudhon:  Human Nature, Property, and the Social Contract,” Thinking with Rousseau from Machiavelli to Schmitt, H. Rosenblatt, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 252-67.

“Elie Halévy and French Socialist Liberalism,” History of European Ideas, 44:1 (2018), 75-97.

“Elie Halévy et l’éclipse du socialisme modéré après la Première Guerre mondiale,” Etudes:  Elie Halévy et L’Ere des tyrannies, V. Duclert and M. Scot, eds. (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2019), 153-70.


Ph.D. History University of California, Berkeley 1981

B.A. Philosophy University of California, Berkeley 1970

Area(s) of Expertise

Modern Europe, 1450-present. Emphases on modern European intellectual history; late-modern French political, social and cultural history.