Bernard E. Harcourt

Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science
Columbia University
Law School, Director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought

Bernard E. Harcourt is a professor of law and political science at Columbia University; the Director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought; a Directeur d’Études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris; and an active death row lawyer.

Intersecting social and political theory, his recent work examines the use of surveillance as a mode of government power in the age of Big Data, and, by putting strong emphasis on the role of desire, the emergence what he calls “the expository society.”

He is the author, most recently, of Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age (Harvard University Press, 2015), The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order (Harvard University Press, 2011), and Occupy: Three Inquiries in Disobedience with Michael Taussig and W.J.T. Mitchell (Chicago University Press, 2013). He is also the editor of Michel Foucault’s 1972-73 lectures at the Collège de France, La Société punitive (Gallimard, 2013), the 1971-1972 lectures Theories et institutions pénales (Gallimard, 2015), as well as the new Pléiade edition of Surveiller et punir in the collected works of Foucault at Gallimard.