Bernard E. Harcourt

Bernard E. Harcourt

Research Interest

Biography

Bernard E. Harcourt is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, Executive Director of the Eric H. Holder Initiative for Civil and Political Rights, and Founding Director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University; and directeur d'études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Critique & Praxis (Columbia University Press, 2020), and, most recently, of The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens (Basic Books, 2018), Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age (Harvard University Press, 2005) and The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order (Harvard University Press, 2011). He is also an active death penalty lawyer, currently representing inmates sentenced to death and to life imprisonment without parole in Alabama. He was recently awarded the Norman J. Redlich Capital Defense Distinguished Service Award for his lifetime advocacy on behalf of individuals on death row.

During the academic year 2018-2019, Professor Harcourt will be leading the seminar series Critique 13/13 and Abolition: A Social Justice Practicum.