| Steven Klein | Political Theory | Florida |

I am Assistant Professor of Political Science and University Term Professor (2018-2021) at the University of Florida. In Fall 2019, I will be a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

Klein Photo updatedBefore coming to Florida, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. I completed my PhD at the University of Chicago in 2016. I am a political theorist with research interests in democratic theory, critical social theory, theories of political economy, and the history of European social and political thought (especially of 19th- and 20th-century Germany). My first book, The Work of Politics: Making a Democratic Welfare State, is under contract with Cambridge University Press. I am also working on a second book project that draws together the thought of Karl Polanyi with the tradition of critical social theory to develop a vision of the democratic transformation of the capitalist economy.

Academic Articles

Toward a Dynamic Theory of Civil Society: The Politics of Forward and Backward Infiltration (Sociological Theory, forthcoming, with Cheol-Sung Lee)

Fictitious Freedom: A Polanyian Critique of the Republican Revival (AJPS 2017)

Between Charisma and Domination: On Max Weber’s Critique of Democracy (JoP 2017)

“Fit to Enter the World”: Hannah Arendt on Politics, Economics, and the Welfare State (APSR 2014)


Socialism and Freedom: Karl Polanyi’s Early Writings (LA Review of Books)

The New Science Wars (Chronicle Review)

Against Civility, or Why Habermas Recommends a Wild Public Sphere (Aeon)

A Serious Man (The Baffler, with John Ganz)