Alexander Livingston


Alexander Livingston

Associate Professor of Government

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Alexander Livingston is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and program faculty in the American Studies Program at Cornell University. His research interests include democratic theory, social movements, religion and politics, and the history of twentieth-century political thought. He teaches courses on civil disobedience, theories of democracy, the politics of nonviolence, contemporary political theory, and American political thought. He is the author of Damn Great Empires! William James and the Politics of Pragmatism (Oxford University Press, 2016), and editor of James Tully: To Think and Act Differently (Routledge, 2022). His current research projects include a book manuscript, Civil Disobedience: A Genealogy, on the theory and history of civil disobedience, a series of essays on the ethics and politics of self-defense in contemporary protest repertoires, and a collaborative project on archival methodologies in political theory.