Stephen Sawyer

Director and Founder of Tocqueville 21


Director of the Center for Critical Democracy Studies and Director of publications of The Tocqueville Review/La Revue Tocqueville, Stephen Sawyer specializes in the history, theory, pedagogy and practice of democracy.

Professor at The American University of Paris, Sawyer earned his PhD at the University of Chicago after teaching at the University of Chicago and the Ecole Normale Supérieure, receiving fellowships from the EHESS, Fulbright, and Sciences Po and serving as part-time assistant to Pierre Rosanvallon at the Collège de France.

He has received multiple grants from the City of Paris, The Florence Gould Foundation, the Neubauer Collegium, and the Mellon Foundation. He gives conferences and has published internationally in a wide range of venues. His translation of Michel Foucault’s lectures, Wrong-Doing, Truth-Telling (University of Chicago Press) appeared in 2014. He has edited and co-edited numerous volumes including Boundaries of the State in US History (University of Chicago Press, 2015), Beyond Stateless Democracy (Tocqueville Review, Spring 2015), In Search of the Liberal Moment (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2016), Michel Foucault, Neoliberalism and Beyond (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming) and will publish the first volume of his history of democracy in Spring 2018 entitled Demos Assembled: Democracy and the International Origins of the Modern State, 1840-1880 (University of Chicago Press).