Postdoctoral Associates include:
Academic Year 2013/14
Alin Fumurescu (Ph.D., 2011 Indiana)
Alin Fumurescu was born in Romania and had the chance to experience his country’s painful transition from Communism to democracy. After graduating from Med School and working a year as physician, he decided to follow his calling and switched careers. He received a BA in Philosophy, an MA in Political Science from the European Institute of High European Studies (Nice, France) and another master degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He obtained his PhD from Indiana University at Bloomington and for the past two years was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Tulane University. His main research interests are in the history of ideas, representation and self-representation, from early modernity to contemporary times. His book Compromise – A Political and Philosophical History appeared in 2013 at Cambridge University Press. His most recent project is to analyze how these findings played out during the American Founding.
Yiftah Elazar (Ph.D., 2012, Princeton)
Yiftah Elazar is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Study of Representative Institutions and the Department of History at Yale University. Born in Israel, he received his B. A. In Philosophy and M. A. in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and went on to complete his Ph.D. in Politics in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Before coming to Yale, he served as a Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University. His research interests include the history and contemporary theory of democracy, republicanism, theories of freedom, radicalism and conservatism, and the Scottish Enlightenment. He is working on a book studying the revival and reinvention of the democratic idea, particularly in the context of an eighteenth century British debate on the nature of civil liberty and free government, provoked by Richard Price's bestselling and controversial defense of the American Revolution.