Professor of Law
Samuel Moyn is professor of law and history at Harvard University.
He received a doctorate in modern European history from the University of California-Berkeley in 2000 and a law degree from Harvard University in 2001. He spent thirteen years in the Columbia University history department, where he was most recently James Bryce Professor of European Legal History.
He has written several books in his fields of European intellectual history and human rights history, including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Harvard University Press, 2010), and edited or coedited a number of others. His new book, based on Mellon Distinguished Lectures at the University of Pennsylvania in fall 2014, is Christian Human Rights (2015).
His areas of interest in legal scholarship include international law, human rights, the law of war, and legal thought, in both historical and current perspective. In intellectual history, he has worked on a diverse range of subjects, especially twentieth-century European moral and political theory.
He is editor of the interdisciplinary journal Humanity and coeditor of Modern Intellectual History. He helps with several book series: the Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought, the Cambridge University Press "Human Rights in History" series, and the University of Pennsylvania Press "Intellectual History of the Modern Age" series. He serves on the editorial boards of Constellations, the Historical Journal, and Modern Judaism.