Professor of Political Science
Phone: (812) 855-8635
Office: Woodburn 210
Office Hours: TBA
B.A. with Honors, Economics, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, 1988
M.A. Politics, Princeton University, 1996
Ph.D. Politics, Princeton University, 1999
Aurelian Craiutu (Ph.D. Princeton, 1999) is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Adjunct Professor in the American Studies Program. He is also affiliated with the Russian and East European Institute, The WEST European Studies Institute, and the 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 (Rowman & Littlefield/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, 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 (co-edited with Jeffrey C. Isaac, Penn State University Press, 2009); Conversations with Tocqueville (co-edited with Sheldon Gellar, Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield, 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 2008-09, Professor Craiutu was a Member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is currently working on a new manuscript entitled “Moderation and the Rise of Political Democracy in France, 1830-1880.”
Sample of courses taught:
Y105 “Introduction to Political Theory”; Y281 “Modern Political Ideologies”; Y381 “Classical Political Thought”; Y382 “Modern Political Thought”; Y 490 “Happiness,” “America Seen through Foreign Eyes”
Y675 “Theories of Moderation and Radicalism,” “Classics of Social and Political Thought,” “Approaches and Issues in Political Philosophy,” “Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World,” “Before and After the Revolution (of 1989)”
A Virtue for Courageous Minds: Moderation in French Political Thought, 1748-1830 (Princeton University Press, 2012).
Tocqueville on America after 1840: Letters and Other Writings, edited and translated with an interpretive study and notes by Aurelian Craiutu and Jeremy Jennings (Cambridge University Press, 2009), 578 pp.
America Through European Eyes: British and French Reflections on the New World from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, edited by Aurelian Craiutu and Jeffrey C. Isaac (Penn State University Press, 2009), 288 pp.
Conversations with Tocqueville: The Global Democratic Revolution in the Twenty-first Century, edited by Aurelian Craiutu and Sheldon Gellar (Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield, 2009)
Considerations on the Principal Events of the French Revolution, by Germaine de Staël. Edited and with an Introduction by Aurelian Craiutu (Liberty Fund, 2008)