Bradley Prize recipient Harvey Mansfield is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1962. He is also the Carol G. Simon Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
A student and teacher of political philosophy, Mansfield has written on Edmund Burke and the nature of political parties, on Niccolò Machiavelli and the invention of indirect government, in defense of a defensible liberalism, and in favor of a constitutional American political science. He has also written on the discovery and development of the theory of executive power. Mansfield has translated Alexis de Tocqueville’sDemocracy in America and three books by Machiavelli.
Mansfield has held Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Humanities Center Fellowships. From 1973 to 1977, he served as chairman of Harvard’sDepartment of Government. Mansfield served as president of the New England Political Science Association from 1993 to 1994, and he received Harvard’s Joseph R. Levenson Teaching Award and the Sidney Hook Memorial Award from theNational Association of Scholars. In 2004, he received the National Humanities Medal, and in 2007, he delivered the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Lecture, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Widely respected for the range and depth of his scholarship, Mansfield is the author of numerous books, including Taming the Prince: The Ambivalence of Modern Executive Power in 1989, America’s Constitutional Soul in 1991, Manliness in 2006, and Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction in 2010. His commentaries, book reviews, and essays on contemporary political issues and academic affairs have appeared in national opinion journals and the popular press.
Mansfield received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard.