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Aurelian Craiutu (Ph.D. Princeton, 1999)

Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington; also affiliated with the Russian and East European Institute, The WEST European Studies Institute, and the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.

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

Aurelian Craiutu is the author of several books on modern political thought. Liberalism under Siege: The Political Thought of the French Doctrinaires (2003) won a 2004 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award and 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). 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. His forthcoming book, Faces of Moderation, is under contract and will be published by Princeton University Press.

Professor Craiutu has also edited Guizot’s History of the Origins of Representative Government in Europe (Liberty Fund, 2002), Madame de Staël's Considerations on the Principal Events of the French Revolution (Liberty Fund, 2008), Tocqueville on America after 1840: Letters and Other Writings (with Jeremy Jennings, Cambridge University Press, 2009), America through European Eyes (co-edited with Jeffrey C. Isaac, Penn State University Press, 2009), and Conversations with Tocqueville (co-edited with Sheldon Gellar, Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). Dr. Craiutu's articles and reviews were published in many academic journals including American Political Science Review, 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 in 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.

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