I’m a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University.

My new work focuses on the role of democracy in a complex world. This piece, with Cosma Shalizi, examines how democracy can better harness the benefits of diverse perspectives than either markets or hierarchy. This draft paper looks at how John Dewey’s arguments about democratic publics can be extended to understand international interdependence. A third paper, coming soon, looks to apply related insights to institutional change, illustrated with reference to Athens and Sparta in the classical and Hellenic eras.

I’m also finishing a book with Abraham Newman on the internationalization of homeland security. This book applies arguments that we’ve been developing about how cross-national strategic interactions are increasingly important to domestic institutional change. An article which surveys recent work on the ‘new interdependence,’ as well as setting out our own ideas, came out in World Politics in Spring 2014.

My and Abraham Newman’s piece, The Transatlantic Data War, appears in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Foreign Affairs. You can find an ungated copy here. My guide to good writing for undergraduate political science students is here.

I blog at Crooked Timber (general political argument, intellectual discussion, and completely non-intellectual discussion) and at The Monkey Cage (political science and its applications), which has moved to the Washington Post. The best part of my career as a blogger was putting together this seminar (made into a beautiful PDF by John Holbo) on Francis Spufford’s wonderful book, Red Plenty. My Twitter handle is @henryfarrell, and my Pinboard feed is henryfarrell. Contact me at myfirstname.mylastname@gmail.com.

I’m a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. I am also co-chair (with Nick Lemann) of the advisory board for the Social Science Research Council’s Digital Culture Initiative, a faculty member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Opening Governance, an affiliated scholar at Stanford University Law School’s Center for the Internet and Society, associate editor of Perspectives on Politics and Research and Politics, and an international correspondent for Stato e Mercato.

I remember Aaron Swartz.

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