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B.A., Columbia University (1983); Ph.D., University of Chicago (1990); M.S.L., Yale Law School (2003).
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.
European and American social and political thought
History of higher education
Editor (with Michael Kwass) of Money in the Enlightenment, a special volume of Historical Reflections (Summer, 2005).
"From the Headscarf to the Burqa: The Role of Social Theorists in Shaping Laws on the Veil," Economy and Society (May, 2013). Co-authored with Peter Baehr.
Numerous review essays for History and Theory, including "Is Tocqueville Defunct?" (vol. 43, 2004).
"Uncivilized Civilization: Raynal and the Global Public Sphere," in Raynal's Histoire des deux Indes: Colonialism, Networks, and Global Exchange (Oxford: The Voltaire Foundation, 2015), pp. 103-117.
Courses Recently Taught
Western Thought to 1600
U.S. Constitutional History
Ideas that Changed History
Foreign Perceptions of the United States
The Political Theory of the American Revolution