Arthur Ghins

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Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer


53 Wall Street, Room 221


  • PhD in Politics, University of Cambridge, 2019
  • MSc in Political Theory, LSE, 2015
  • MA in Philosophy, KU Leuven, 2014


Arthur is a postdoctoral researcher with the Centre for the Study of Representative Institutions at Yale University. Prior to coming to Yale, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Political Theory Project, Brown University. His work deals with the interface between the history of political thought, contemporary democratic theory, and current debates about liberalism.

His book project, Queen of Representative Government: Public Opinion in Modern French Political Thought, traces the history of the distinction between public opinion and popular sovereignty in France from the Revolution to Tocqueville and discusses its relevance for the development of liberal and democratic thought.

His second project is a Metahistory of Liberalism. It seeks to show how, from the mid-nineteenth century onwards – a moment of consolidation of ideologies in the Western world – a liberal tradition was invented in France, Britain and the United States, and how the main figures and themes of this tradition were adapted throughout the twentieth century to match preferred conceptions of liberalism.


Fields of Interest: 
Political Theory