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Dr Aline-Florence Manent

Lecturer in the History of Political Thought

Telephone: +44 20 78 82 83 68
Room Number: ArtsTwo 2.05


am an intellectual historian of modern Europe with specific expertise in twentieth century political thought and theories of democracy. I am committed to taking scholarly expertise beyond the university and have written and spoken about contemporary politics for various media including OpenDemocracy, The Spectator, the BBC, and France 24 English.

I completed my PhD in History at Harvard University in May 2016 and hold MAs in Political Science and Philosophy from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) and the Université Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne. During my doctoral studies I was a fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. In 2016-2017 I was a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London.


Research Interests:

My research and teaching interests are rooted in an interdisciplinary perspective emphasising the connections between intellectual history and the history of political thought, culture, and institutions in modern Europe. I am primarily interested in the history and theory of democracy in modern Europe and twentieth century continental philosophy. 
My first book, Rethinking Democracy in Postwar Germany, examines the ways in which intellectuals, statesmen, economists, jurists and policy-makers have theorised the challenges of liberal democracy and how their ideas shaped the political culture and institutions of the Federal Republic of Germany.


Rethinking Democracy in Postwar Germany (Harvard University Press, forthcoming)

“Democracy and Religion in the Political and Legal Thought of Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde”
Oxford Journal of Law and Religion (forthcoming)

“In der Bundesrepublik zu Hause sein. Joachim Ritter und die politische Philosophie der Stabilität,” in Ulrich von Bülow and Mark Schweda, eds., Zur Aktualität der Ritter Schule (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2017)

Public Engagement

have written and spoken about current affairs, particularly on French and European politics, for various media including OpenDemocracy, The Spectator, France 24 English, BBC5 Live and BBC Wales. I sporadically tweet at @alineflorencemt.

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