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Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Axel Springer Fellow - Class of Spring 2011

Ellen Kennedy writes on a variety of subjects in political economy and the history of modern European political and legal theory. Her main areas of interest include political theory, jurisprudence and legal theory, comparative government, and Western Europe – Germany’s political and economic system in particular. She is the author of Constitutional Failure: Carl Schmitt in Weimar (Duke University Press, 2004), The Bundesbank, from the series “Key Institutions of German Democracy” ( Johns Hopkins, 1997), The Bundesbank: Germany’s Central Bank in the International System (Council on Foreign Affairs, 1991), and Freedom & the Open Society: Henri Bergson’s Contribution to Political Philosophy (Garland, 1987). She has also co-edited the volume Women in Western Political Philosophy (Harvester, 1986).


Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1989, Kennedy was a lecturer in politics and government in England, at the universities of London, York, and Manchester. She has been a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Friedreich Ebert Foundation as well as the British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation, and she was a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 2007–08.

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