Harvey C. Mansfield

Former Visiting Scholar

Harvey Mansfield is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he studies and teaches political philosophy. He is known for his writings on Edmund Burke and the nature of political parties, on Machiavelli and the invention of indirect government, in defense of a defensible liberalism, and in favor of a constitutional American political science. His work also includes studies on the discovery and development of the theory of executive power, three translations of Machiavelli, and a translation of Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. He has won the Joseph R. Levenson Award for his teaching at Harvard, received the Sidney Hook Memorial Award from the National Association of Scholars, and in 2004 accepted a National Humanities Medal from the president. While at AEI, Mr. Mansfield delivered a series of private seminars on Tocqueville's Democracy in America.



  • William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government, 1993-present; Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government, 1988-93; Chairman, Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Lecturer, Department of Government, 1962-77, Harvard University
  • Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 1960-62


Ph.D, A.B., Harvard University

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