Bernard Harcourt

Bernard Harcourt

Bernard Harcourt
J.D., Harvard, 1989
Ph.D., Harvard, 2000

Major Areas of Interest:

- Modern European and American Political and Social Thought
- Punishment and Modern Society
- Critical Theory
- The Writings of Michel Foucault

Selected Publications:

- Occupy: Three Inquiries in Disobedience, with W.J.T. Mitchel and M Taussig (University of Chicago Press, 2013)
- ed., Michel Foucault, Mal faire, dire vrai, with F. Brion (Presses Universitaires de Louvain and University of Chicago Press, 2012)
- The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order (Harvard University Press, 2011)
- Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing, and Punishing in an Actuarial Age (University of Chicago Press, 2007)
- Language of the Gun: Youth, Crime, and Public Policy (University of Chicago Press, 2005)

E-Mail: harcourt@uchicago.edu
Website: http://bernardharcourt.com/
Phone: (773) 702-8050; (773) 834-4068
Office: Pick 404

 

Bernard E. Harcourt is a critical theorist with a specialization in the area of punishment and political economy. He is a professor of political science, and the Julius Kreeger Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. He is the author most recently of The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order (Harvard University Press 2011). He is the co-editor with Fabienne Brion of Michel Foucault's 1981 Louvain lectures, Mal faire, dire vrai. Fonction de l'aveu en justice (in French 2012 with Presses Universitaires de Louvain and forthcoming in English with University of Chicago Press). He has also written on the actuarial turn in justice in Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing, and Punishing in an Actuarial Age (University of Chicago Press 2007), on broken-windows theory in his book Illusion of Order: The False Promise of Broken-Windows Policing (Harvard University Press 2001) and on youth gun carrying in Language of the Gun: Youth, Crime, and Public Policy (University of Chicago Press 2005). He also founded and edits a critical journal called The Carceral Notebooks.