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Photo courtesy Steven Klein

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Florida

Daimler Fellow - Class of Fall 2019


Steven Klein is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Florida. He received a BA from the University of British Columbia and PhD from the University of Chicago. His work addresses questions about the nature of social domination in contemporary societies as well as the relationship between democratic action and the institutional structure of the welfare state and capitalism. His first book, The Work of Politics: Making a Democratic Welfare State (Cambridge, forthcoming), draws on the work of Max Weber, Hannah Arendt, and Jürgen Habermas to examine how social movements can use welfare institutions to transform structures of domination in society. In the history of political struggles in the welfare state, Klein points to examples such as the mobilization of German workers in nineteenth-century Germany and postwar feminist movements in Sweden. His articles have appeared in Sociological Theory, American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics, as well as the Washington Post and The Baffler. In addition to support from the University of Chicago, Klein has held fellowships from the European University Institute, Mellon Foundation, Canada Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the “Transformations of the State” research cluster at the Universität Bremen.

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