Indiana University
  • People

The Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis


Tocqueville Program




Aurelian Craiutu (PhD, Princeton, 1999) is Professor in the Department of Political Science and Adjunct Professor in the American Studies Program at Indiana University Bloomington. He is also affiliated with the Russian & East European Institute, the Institute for European Studies, and The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. Prior to coming to Indiana, he taught at Duke University and the University of Northern Iowa. In 2010, he was Visiting Professor at the University of Paris-II, Panthéon-Assas.

Craiutu’s research interests include French political and social thought (Montesquieu, Tocqueville, Constant, Madame de Staël, Guizot, Aron), political ideologies (liberalism, conservatism), as well as theories of transition to democracy and democratic consolidation (mostly Central and Eastern Europe).

He is the author and editor of several books on modern political thought. His first monograph, Liberalism under Siege: The Political Thought of the French Doctrinaires (Lexington Books, 2003) won a 2004 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award. It was also translated into French in a revised and enlarged edition as Le centre introuvable: la pensée politique des doctrinaires sous la Restauration (Plon, 2006). His most recent book is A Virtue for Courageous Minds: Moderation in French Political Thought, 1748–1830 (Princeton University Press, 2012). Dr. Craiutu also published two books in Romanian: In Praise of Liberty: Essays in Political Philosophy (1998) and In Praise of Moderation (2006), both with Polirom Publishing House.

He has also edited five books: François Guizot, The History of the Origins of Representative Government in Europe (Liberty Fund, 2002); Germaine de Staël, Considerations on the Principal Events of the French Revolution (Liberty Fund, 2008); America through European Eyes (coedited with Jeffrey Isaac, Penn State University Press, 2009); Conversations with Tocqueville (coedited with Sheldon Gellar, Lexington Books, 2009); and Tocqueville on America after 1840: Letters and Other Writings (with Jeremy Jennings, Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Dr. Craiutu’s articles and reviews have been published in many academic journals including American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, The Review of Politics, History of Political Thought, Political Theory, European Journal of Political Theory, and History of European Ideas. He serves as Associate Editor of the European Journal of Political Theory.

Professor Craiutu has received awards, fellowships, and grants from many institutions including the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Earhart Foundation. In 2000, he won the American Political Science Association’s Leo Strauss Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of political theory. In 2004, he received a Student Choice Award and an Outstanding Junior Faculty Award at Indiana University. During the AY 2008–2009, Professor Craiutu was a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is currently working on two new book manuscripts: the first studies moderation in the twentieth-century (under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press) and the second focuses on moderation and the rise of democracy in France, 1830–1880.


Guillaume Ansart
Associate Professor of French, Indiana University

Professor Ansart (PhD Princeton, 1995) is a specialist of eighteenth-century French literature and political thought. His publications include articles or book chapters on Voltaire, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Condorcet, the image of America in Raynal and Diderot’s Histoire des deux Indes, and the French Revolution. In 2012, he published a critical edition of Condorcet’s Écrits sur les États-Unis (Writings on the United States) with Classiques Garnier, as well as an English translation of the same texts with Penn State University Press.

Barbara Allen
Carleton College

Professor Allen completed her PhD at Indiana University. She is the Ada M. Harrison Professor of the Social Sciences at Carleton College in Minnesota; Senior Research Fellow at the Ostrom Workshop; and a member of the Workshop Advisory Committee. She teaches courses in American politics, feminist political theory, politics and the media, and constitutional law. Her broad interests include research related to liberal philosophy, democratic theory, institutional analysis and design, rational choice, and policy and law related to gender and race. Her areas of specialization relate to empirical theory and methodology include quantitative methods, political socialization and behavior, public opinion, and theories of learning. Professor Allen writes extensively on applying Tocqueville’s theories to contemporary politics and policy. Other publications include her research on Martin Luther King’s contributions to American political thought. She is a contributing editor to The Martin Luther King Papers Project at Stanford University and a fellow at the Mondale Policy Forum at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. She is the author of Tocqueville, Covenant, and the Democratic Revolution: Harmonizing Earth with Heaven (Lexington Books, 2005) and editor of Vincent Ostrom's, The Quest to Understand Human Affairs: Natural Resources Policy and Essays on Community and Collective Choice, volume 1 (Lexington Books, 2011) and The Quest to Understand Human Affairs: Essays on Collective, Constitutional, and Epistemic Choice, volume 2 (Lexington Books, 2012).

Daniel H. Cole
Professor, Maurer School of Law, and School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

JD, Lewis & Clark 1987; JSD, Stanford Law School 1996. Professor Cole is also chair of the Workshop Advisory Council and a Workshop Affiliated Faculty member. He is the author or editor of seven books and more than 40 articles, most of which concern topics at the intersection of the law and economics of property, natural resources, and environmental protection. His newest volume, coedited with Elinor Ostrom, is Property in Land and Other Resources (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2012).

Russell Hanson
Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Indiana University

Professor Hanson received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1982. His primary interests lie in the area of political philosophy and American politics. He is especially concerned with the historical development of liberalism in the United States, and with the way in which that development affects prospects for democracy. Federalism is a related concern, and Professor Hanson has investigated the political dynamics of social welfare policy in the American states, as well as questions of equity raised by the wide variation in state programs. His current projects include studies of the impact of welfare reform, evolution of American federalism, and nineteenth-century American constitutional thought. Professor Hanson teaches courses on state and local politics in the United States, American political thought, and modern political thought. He is the author of The Democratic Imagination in America (1985) and the coeditor of Political Innovation and Conceptual Change (1989), Reconsidering the Democratic Public (1993), and Politics in the American States (2003).

Professor Leslie Lenkowsky
Professor of Practice in Public Affairs and Philanthropy, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Dr. Lenkowsky received his doctorate from Harvard University. Dr. Lenkowsky returned to IU in January 2004 after stepping down as chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a position to which he was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate in October 2001. He teaches courses on philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurship, civil society around the world, and public policy at Indiana University. His writing has appeared in such publications as Commentary, The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, The Public Interest, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and the Indianapolis Business Journal, and he has spoken frequently to educational and philanthropic groups throughout the United States and internationally.

Michael D. McGinnis
Professor, Department of Political Science, Indiana University

Professor McGinnis is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Ostrom Workshop. He served as director or codirector of the Ostrom Workshop for a total of five years since 2003, after serving as associate director for six years prior to that. His current research focuses on the ways in which health care policy in the United States can be improved through increased collaboration among stakeholders at the community or regional level. He was principal investigator of the Managing the Health Commons research project, which applied principles of commons governance identified by Elinor Ostrom to the study of regional health and health care systems. He is a core faculty member of the ReThink Health Alliance, which was initially established and funded by the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation.

Filippo Sabetti
Professor, Department of Political Science, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Professor Sabetti is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Ostrom Workshop. His primary interests lie in the application of political theory beyond “the state and market” to uncover the extensive variety of institutional arrangements for self-governance that human beings created as masters of the common life. His concern with the historical development of liberal, federalist, and polycentric thought and practices in Canada and in France and Italy is an expression of this research program. His book, Civilization and Self-Government: The Political Thought of Carlo Cattaneo (Lexington Books, 2010 [paperback published in 2013]), shows why the nineteenth-century pioneering analysis of Carlo Cattaneo merits a place, alongside Tocqueville’s, in our continuing debate about the meaning of civilization and liberty and what forms of institutional arrangements hold domination in check while promoting self-governance. He has two forthcoming books: the first edited with Bruce Haddock is the first English-language edition of Vincenzo Cuoco’s classic (1800) study Historical Essay on the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799 (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming 2014); the second edited with Paul Dragos Aligica is a collection of essays by Vincent and Elinor Ostrom entitled Choice, Rules and Collective Action: The Ostroms and the Study of Institutions and Governance (European University Consortium for Political Research Press, forthcoming 2014). His 1984 study of collective efforts in the Sicilian countryside began with a quotation from Tocqueville’s travel notes on Sicily in 1827 and he has now expanded that reflection in his chapter “Tocqueville’s Voyage of Discovery from Sicily to America” in the forthcoming book Tocqueville’s Voyages edited by Christine Henderson (Liberty Fund).

In Memoriam

ELINOR OSTROM (1933–2012)
PhD, UCLA, 1965
Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science; Senior Research Director, The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University

Elinor Ostrom and Oliver Williamson won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Monday, October 12, 2009. Ostrom (Indiana University) and Williamson (University of California at Berkeley) were awarded the prize for their work in the field of “economic governance.” Ostrom “has demonstrated how common property can be successfully managed” by associations of users, while Williamson developed a theory regarding how business firms can serve as structure for conflict resolution, the academy said. Ostrom is the first woman to win the prize, which was established in 1968 by the Swedish central bank.

Recent publications:

VINCENT OSTROM (1919–2012)
PhD, UCLA, 1950
Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science; Founding Director, The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University

Recent publications: