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

My current work focuses on the role of democracy in a complex world.

A separate project with Abraham Newman addresses what we call “weaponized interdependence,” providing a structural theory of network coercion. Our initial paper is here, and a New York Times op-ed building on our claims can be found here.

My new book with Abraham Newman, Of Privacy and Power: The Transatlantic Fight over Freedom and Security is coming out with Princeton University Press next year. This 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 an international correspondent for Stato e Mercato.

I remember Aaron Swartz.

Selected Recent Academic Articles

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Selected Recent Essays

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