Harvey C. Mansfield

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Harvey C. Mansfield is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught for more than forty years. Mansfield is a recipient of the 2011 Bradley Prize. He has held Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, has been a fellow at the National Humanities Center, and in 2004 received the National Humanities Medal.

He is the author of studies of Aristotle, Burke, Machiavelli, Tocqueville, Hobbes, constitutional government, and, most recently, manliness. He is a self-described Straussian; some of his most notable students include Andrew Sullivan, Alan Keyes, Bill Kristol, James R. Stoner Jr., Nathan Tarcov, Clifford Orwin, Mark Blitz, Paul Cantor, Delba Winthrop, Arthur Melzer, Jerry Weinberger, and James Ceaser.

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Harvey Mansfield Discusses The Dangers Of Woke Ideology On College Campuses

interview with Harvey C. Mansfieldvia She Thinks Podcast
Friday, October 16, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Harvey Mansfield discusses the cancel culture and the woke attitudes pervading college campuses. He delves into his long history at Harvard as well as the evolution of higher education towards activism.

Analysis and Commentary

The ‘Systemic Racism’ Dodge

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, September 18, 2020

[Subscription required] It’s meant to invoke guilt but absolves everyone, white and black, of responsibility.

In the News

An Open Letter To Our Fellow American Citizens

mentioning Victor Davis Hanson, Harvey C. Mansfieldvia RealClearFoundation
Friday, September 11, 2020

We stand at the crossroads.

In the News

How The Left Seized Higher Education

quoting Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Townhall
Thursday, July 9, 2020

We thought it was only the humanities department that was run by leftists.


Harvey Mansfield On Montesquieu's "The Spirit Of The Laws"

interview with Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Conversations with Bill Kristol
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Harvey Mansfield discusses the central themes and ideas of the political philosophy of Montesquieu.

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Trafficking in Thoughtcrime

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

How a distinguished thinker learned of his disinvitation.


Harvey Mansfield On Tocqueville’s Democracy In America

interview with Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Conversations with Bill Kristol
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Harvey Mansfield presents a detailed exposition of Tocqueville’s masterwork Democracy in America. Mansfield considers the major themes of Tocqueville’s work, including Tocqueville’s treatment of the idea of rights, the role of religion, men and women, self-government, and the relationship of liberty and equality. 


Harvey Mansfield: Protesting The Podium: Campus Disinvitations

interview with Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Bipartisan Policy Center
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Harvey Mansfield discusses the pressures that lead universities to disinvite guest speakers, the reasons for the uptick in disinvitations, and how campus leaders can protect the essential contributions invited speakers make in preparing students for informed, thoughtful citizenship.

In the News

Concordia University Disinvites Harvard Professor Harvey Mansfield Over His Conservative Gender Views

featuring Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Reason
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Administrator says they "were unable to reach consensus as to what we wanted to achieve with this event," which is pure doublespeak.


The Theory Behind My Disinvitation

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, April 14, 2019

If the purpose of speech is to get the better of one’s opponent, why not do it via censorship instead?