Herter Hall 627


  • Professor at UMass Amherst since 1995.
  • Co-Editor in Chief of the journal Society.
  • Associate Dean of the Commonwealth Honors College (2009-2013). Designed the honors seminar, "Ideas that Changed the World."
  • Interim Dean of the Commonwealth Honors College (2013-2015). Oversaw opening of new honors residential complex.
  • Co-Director of the UMass Amherst Entrepreneurship Initiative (2008-2012).  The first academic program in entrepreneurship on campus. Subsequently moved partly into ISOM and partly into Valley Venture Mentors.
  • Director, Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (2008-2013). Founded (with Ray Hedin and Margaret Lamb) the Annual Individualized Major Programs Conference.

Daniel Gordon has published extensively on the French Enlightenment.  His book Citizens Without Sovereignty (Princeton University Press, 1994) is assigned in many graduate seminars and cited in textbooks as a contribution to the debate about the origins of the French Revolution.  His translation of Voltaire's Candide (2nd edition, Bedford Saint-Martins Press, 2016), based on original translation principles, has sold 50,000 copies; it is widely assigned in survey courses in European history.

Gordon co-edited the journal Historical Reflections from 2002 to 2016.  During this time, his own publications branched out to 20th-century and contemporary intellectual and legal history. He has published extensively on controversies concerning the Muslim headscarf and veil, and has written numerous portraits of 20th-century intellectuals, such as Hannah Arendt, Raymond Aron, and Robert Nisbet.


  • B.A., Columbia University (1983)
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago (1990)
  • M.S.L., Yale Law School (2003)


  • European history
  • European and American social and political thought
  • Comparative law
  • History of higher education


For full list with complete texts, see ResearchGate profile.

Selected List


  • Western Thought to 1600
  • U.S. Constitutional History
  • Ideas that Changed History
  • Foreign Perceptions of the United States
  • Comparative Law
  • The Political Theory of the American Revolution