Alan Kahan
Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy
Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization

Alan S. Kahan is the visiting scholar in conservative thought and policy for the 2021-22 academic year. Kahan, a historian, political theorist and author, is professor of British Civilization at the Université de Paris-Saclay. Kahan is the author of Aristocratic Liberalism: The Social and Political Thought of Jacob Burckhardt, John Stuart Mill and Alexis de Tocqueville (Oxford, 1992); Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century Europe: the Political Culture of Limited SuffrageAlexis de Tocqueville Palgrave, 2003)Mind vs. Money: The War Between Intellectuals and Capitalism (Transaction, 2010, Routledge 2017); and Tocqueville, Democracy, and Religion (Oxford, 2015). He is also the translator of Alexis de Tocqueville, The Old Regime and the Revolution (Chicago, 2 vols. 1998, 2001) and Benjamin Constant’s Commentary on Filangieri's Works (Liberty Fund, 2015). He is currently working on Liberalism – An Incomplete History, which will be published by Princeton University Press. Kahan has been living in France since 2007. Previously he taught at Florida International University in Miami. He received his PhD in history from The University of Chicago in 1987. View Kahan's 2020 CU Boulder lecture, Tocqueville, Democracy, and Religion.

Teaching fall 2021: CWCV 4000 (002) Foundations of Western Civilization: History of Liberalism; CWCV 4000 (004) Foundations of Western Civilization: Mind vs. Money

Teaching spring 2022: CWCV 4000 / FREN 4110 / PSCI 4028 Foundations of Western Civilization: Tocqueville; CWCV 4000 (004) Foundations of Western Civilization: European Union: Past, Present, and Future