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.
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). 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". In 2008, he won a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is currently a Berggruen Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center at Harvard.
- 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)
- Samuel Moyn interview on Counterpoint Radio with Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities at the University of Memphis.
- Moyn's Faculty bio at Columbia University
- Top Young Historians: Samuel Moyn on History News Network
- New York-area Consortium for Intellectual and Cultural History
- Moyn's review essay in The Nation on Lynn Hunt's "Inventing Human Rights"
- Moyn's review essay in The Nation on Gary Bass's "Freedom's Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention"
- Moyn's review essay on Jonathan Littell's novel The Kindly Ones in The Nation
- Interview with Moyn about Pierre Rosanvallon and French liberalism