Dr K Steven Vincent


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Teaching and Research Interests

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


Current Project:   Western Socialism: An Intellectual History


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). https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520074606/between-marxism-and-anarchism

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).  https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9780230110090

Elie Halévy: Republican Liberalism Confronts the Era of Tyranny (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020).  https://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/16077.html

 Articles and Book Chapters (since 2007)

“The Republican Moment(s) in Modern France,” European Journal of Political Theory, 6:2 (2007), pp. 239-48.

“Elite Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century France: Salons, Sociability, and the Self,” Modern Intellectual History, 4:2 (2007), 327-51.

“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 @http://www.historiaconstitucional.com].

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

“Equality in the Age of Singularity.”  Review article of Pierre Rosanvallon’s Society of Equals, in The European Legacy, 20:8 (2015), 852-57.

“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.


  • B.A. in Philosophy from University of CA, Berkeley, 1970
  • Ph.D. in History from University of CA, Berkeley, 1981