Bernard E. Harcourt is the Executive Director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought and Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. His upcoming book, Cooperation, will be published by Columbia University Press in the spring of 2023. During the 2022-2023 academic year, he is convening the Utopia 13/13 seminar series and teaching a year-long seminar at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. His legal practice today includes death penalty litigation and civil impact litigation.
His recent media appearances and publications appear below.
Select Recent Publications
- "Show and tell," Times Literary Supplement, July 23, 2021.
- "The Fight Ahead," Boston Review, January 7, 2021.
- "Mayor De Blasio's Police Strategy Has Always Been Racist," Gothamist, June 26, 2020)
- "On Cooperationism: An End to the Economic Plague" Critical Inquiry, May 5, 2020.
- "American Democracy Has Been Eclipsed," The Nation, February 21, 2019.
- "Editorial: How Trump Fuels the Fascist Right," New York Review of Books, November 29, 2018.
"The Ghoulish Pursuit of Executing a Terminally Ill Inmate," New York Times, December 20, 2017.
In The News
The US Supreme Court and the issue of Capital Punishment. In conversation with Professor Bernard Harcourt, Columbia University (February 7, 2023, The San Francisco Experience, podcast)
‘The nation’s executioners’: the US supreme court’s shift towards capital punishment (January 12, 2023, Guardian)
What is it like to survive an execution by lethal injection? (December 28, 2022, Guardian)
Alabama inmate who survived execution bid buried with family (Associated Press, December 4, 2021)
A freed Guantánamo Bay detainee is reunited with his family in Morocco (New York Times, Carol Rosenberg, July 20, 2021)
"After Almost 20 Years, Guantanamo “Forever Prisoner” Abdul Latif Nasser Returns Home to Morocco," Press Release, July 19, 2021.
Biden Administration Transfers First Detainee Out Of Guantánamo (NPR, Sacha Pfeiffer, July 19, 2021)
Moroccan man held nearly 20 years without charges released from Guantanamo (ABC, Chuck Goudie and Barb Markoff, July 19, 2021)
Biden Administration Transfers Its First Detainee From Guantánamo Bay (New York Times, Carol Rosenberg and Charles Savage, July 19, 2021)
Bernard E. Harcourt awarded 46th Lionel Trilling Award by Columbia College for Critique & Praxis (Columbia Global Thought, May 12, 2021)
‘Troubling Tableau’ in 11th Circuit’s Prisoner Cases, Sotomayor Says (The New York Times, Adam Liptak, June 15, 2020)
The Fall of the American Counterrevolution: President Trump’s use of counterinsurgency practices to control the population has triggered the revolution he dreaded (El País, Bernard E. Harcourt, June 11, 2020)
Professor Bernard E. Harcourt is at the Center of Columbia’s Focus on Justice (The Record, Sabina Lee and Gary Shapiro, March 26, 2019)
Heartbeat Opera advocates for criminal and social justice reform with ‘Fidelio’ adaptation (Columbia Spectator, Fonda Shen, December 3, 2018)
Nearly One Million Felons Given the Right to Vote. Is This the Beginning of a Movement? (Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien, November 17, 2018)
Students Win Medical Treatment for Alabama Inmate (Columbia Law School, November 7, 2018)
Bernard E. Harcourt Challenges Constitutionality of Lethal Injection in Alabama Death Penalty Case (Columbia Law School, June 8, 2018)
- An Imagined Insurgency: A Conversation with Bernard E. Harcourt (Los Angeles Review of Books, Luca Provenzano, June 3, 2018)
- Bernard Harcourt and the State of Alabama Settle Civil Rights and Habeas Corpus Lawsuits (Columbia Law School, March 27, 2018)
- Death Penalty Madness in Alabama (The New York Times, February 27, 2018)
- Students Successfully Advocate for Client in Visa Case (Columbia Law School, September 6, 2017)
- A Syrian Doctor with a Visa is Suing the Trump Administration (The New Yorker, February 1, 2017)
- A Syrian Doctor Returns to Illinois (The New Yorker, February 2, 2017)
- "The Long Defense of the Alabama Death-Row Prisoner Doyle Lee Hamm" (The New Yorker, September 13, 2016)
- "Foucault and the Birth of Biopolitics" (Columbia Law School, February 9, 2016)
- In Alabama death penalty cases, judges' opinions are routinely written by prosecutors (The Washington Post, June 23, 2016)
- Hasty Death Penalty Review Raises Doubt in Alabama (Bloomberg View, June 22, 2016)
- The Death Penalty Case Where Prosecutors Wrote the Judge’s ‘Opinion’ (The Marshall Project, June 19, 2016)
- Legal Confusions and Political Calculations: The European Refugee Crisis (The Hannah Arendt Center, April 15, 2016)
- Foucault, la société punitive et l'Amérique avec Bernard Harcourt (France Culture, March 23, 2016)
- Why Do We Expose Ourselves? (The Intercept, Astra Taylor, January 23, 2016)
- Cover-Up in Chicago (The New York Times, November 30, 2015)
- Foucault 13/13: The First Seminar (Columbia Law School, September 14, 2015)
- Unpacking Foucault (Columbia Law School, August 6, 2015)
- Spectacle and Surveillance (Columbia Law School, March 19, 2015)
- Law school launches center on critical thinking (Columbia Spectator, October 28, 2014)
- Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought Launches (Columbia Law School, October 7, 2014)