William E. Klein

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Senior Lecturer
HQ C61

William Klein studied the history of political thought under Quentin Skinner at Cambridge, and J.G.A. Pocock at Johns Hopkins.  After completing his Ph.D., he worked as a carpenter and a free-lance writer and editor for more than a decade.  He comes to Yale from NYU, where he taught in the honors program and was chair of Law, Ethics and Religion in Global Liberal Studies.  He has published studies on the history of constitutional and political thought from Thucydides to Hobbes, and he recently edited a collection of dialogues held at NYU’s Villa La Pietra, entitled Democracy and Dissent.  He is currently completing a study on the history of ideas and imaginings surrounding civil strife.  He has taught courses on the history of ideas and political and constitutional thought.