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Cheryl Welch

Faculty Associate


Cheryl Welch

Cheryl Welch is senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies in government at Harvard. Her research interests are in the history of political thought (especially nineteenth-century France), liberalism, and human rights. She is the author of Liberty and Utility: The French Ideologues and the Transformation of Liberalism (1984) and De Tocqueville (2001), and editor of Critical Issues in Social Theory (with M. Milgate, 1989) and The Cambridge Companion to Tocqueville (2006). Welch has also published numerous articles in journals and collective volumes and is co-editor of The Tocqueville Review/la revue Tocqueville. She is currently working on a book on the origins of human rights discourse in the nineteenth century and on a study of the fate of utilitarianism in francophone thought.

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  • Senior Lecturer on Government and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Harvard University
  • Faculty Associate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University