Gianna Englert

Associate Professor of Humanities

Gianna Englert will be Associate Professor of Humanities starting in Fall 2024. She previously taught at Southern Methodist University and has held visiting research fellowships at Brown University’s Political Theory Project and its Center for Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Her research is in the history of political thought, liberalism (French and Anglo-American), democracy, citizenship, and the development of ‘the social question’. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in History of Political Thought, Modern Intellectual History, Political Theory, PolityThe Political Science ReviewerThe Review of Politics, and The Tocqueville Review. Her book, Democracy Tamed: French Liberalism and the Politics of Suffrage (Oxford University Press, 2024) explores French liberals’ responses to the advance of democratic equality.

Current Project

Englert’s current book project is Tocqueville from the Left, which illuminates Tocqueville’s reception by figures on the political and ideological Left in France, Britain and the United States, in his own time through the 21st century.



  • Ph.D. in Government, Georgetown University, 2016
  • M.A. in Government, Georgetown University, 2013
  • M.A. in Liberal Arts, St. John’s College, Annapolis, 2010
  • B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude), St. Vincent College, 2008

Publications - Books

Publications - Articles

“Georges Sorel’s Tocqueville” (with Richard Boyd), History of Political Thought. Forthcoming, Summer 2024.

Democracy in America, America in France: Duvergier de Hauranne on Liberty and Unity,” The Political Science Reviewer, 47.2 (2024): 233–56.

Tocqueville’s Politics of Grandeur,” Political Theory, 50.3 (2022): 477-503.

“‘Not more democratic, but more moral’: Tocqueville on the Suffrage in America and France,” The Tocqueville Review/La revue Tocqueville, 42.2 (2021): 105-20.

Usurpation and ‘The Social’ in Benjamin Constant’s Commentaire,” Modern Intellectual History, 17.1 (2020): 55-84.

Despotic or Dynamic? Hayek on Democracy and Expertise” in Philosophy, Politics, and Austrian Economics, eds. D’Amico and Martin, (Emerald, 2020), 67–83.

“‘The Idea of Rights’: Tocqueville on the Social Question,” The Review of Politics, 79.4 (2017): 649-74.

Liberty and Industry: John Locke, John Stuart Mill, and the Economic Foundations of Political Membership,” Polity, 48.4 (2016): 551-579.

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