Samuel Moyn

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Samuel Moyn (born 1972) is a professor of law and history at Yale University, which he joined in July 2017. Previously, he was a professor of history at Columbia University for thirteen years and a professor of history and of law at Harvard University for three years. His research interests are in modern European intellectual history, with special interests in France and Germany, political and legal thought, historical and critical theory, and sometimes Jewish studies.[1]

He has been co-director of the New York area Consortium for Intellectual and Cultural History, is editor of the journal Humanity, and has editorial positions at several other publications.


He earned his A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis (B.A. in History and French Literature, 1994), his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley (2000), and his J.D. from Harvard Law School (2001).[2] He attended University City High School (St. Louis).

In 2007, Moyn received Columbia University's annual Mark Van Doren Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching, determined by undergraduates, and its Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award for "unusual merit across a range of professorial activities".[3] In 2008, he won a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is currently a Berggruen Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center at Harvard.

He is a fellow at the Quincy Institute.[4] Samuel Moyn is Jewish.[5]


  • Origins of the Other: Emmanuel Levinas between Revelation and Ethics (2005, Cornell University Press)
  • A Holocaust Controversy: The Treblinka Affair in Postwar France (2005, Brandeis University Press)
  • Pierre Rosanvallon, Democracy Past and Future (2006, editor Samuel Moyn, Columbia University Press)
  • The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (2010, Harvard University Press)
  • Human Rights and the Uses of History (2014, Verso)
  • Christian Human Rights (2015, University of Pennsylvania Press)
  • Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (2018, Harvard University Press)
  • "Imperial Graveyard" (review of George Packer, Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century, Cape, 2019, 592 pp., ISBN 978 1 910702 92 5), London Review of Books, vol. 42, no. 3 (6 February 2020), pp. 23–25. Moyn concludes his review, on p. 25: "[Packer's book] Our Man may be the most vivid tour of America's foreign delusions that has been offered since the Vietnam War."
  • "The Road to Hell" (review of Samantha Power's The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir) American Affairs Journal Vol. IV, Spring 2020 pp. 149-160.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Personal website of Samuel Moyn". Yale University. Retrieved 6 October 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Harvard Law School faculty page
  3. ^ "Faculty Distinction Reception". Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  4. ^ "Samuel Moyn, Author at Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft". Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  5. ^ "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Alisa Berger, Samuel Moyn (Published 2003)". The New York Times. 2003-02-02. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-02-09.