Hansong Li is a political theorist and historian of political, economic, and legal thought at the Department of Government, the Joint Centre for History and Economics, the Minda de Gunzburg Centre for European Studies, the Mittal Institute for South Asia, and the Early Modern World at Harvard University. He has published academic articles and books in multiple languages on historical philology and political philosophy, ethics and economics, social and intellectual history.

At Harvard University, Hansong Li has taught for "Contemporary Developing Countries" (HBS 1266, HLS 2543, HKS: DEV 338, GSE: A819, GSD: SES 5375, FAS: GENED 1011) and "Political Economy and its Future" (HLS 2390, HKS: DEV 233, FAS: GENED 1054), advised students in subfields of Government & the Secondary Field in European History, Politics, and Societies (EHPS), coordinated the Research Workshop in Political Theory (GOV 3008A), the CES Dissertation Workshop, and the Association for Global Political Thought.

Read the Mittal Institute's interview with Hansong Li here.

Selected Publications:

Li, Hansong (2022). “The Indo-Pacific: Intellectual Origins and International Visions in Global Contexts” Modern Intellectual History 19(3): 807-833.

Li, Hansong (2022). “Locating Mobile Sovereignty: Carthage in Natural JurisprudenceHistory of Political Thought 43(2): 246-272.

Li, Hansong (2022). “Timing the Laws: Rousseau’s Theory of Development in Corsica” European Journal of the History of Economic Thought 29(4): 648-679.

Li, Hansong (2021). “The Space of the Sea in Montesquieu's Political ThoughtGlobal Intellectual History 6(4): 421-442.

Li, Hansong (2019). “Time, Right and the Justice of War and Peace in Hugo Grotius’s Political Thought.” History of European Ideas 45(4): 536-552.

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Education

Ph.D. Candidate in Government, Harvard University

M.Phil. (Distinction) Political Thought and Intellectual History, Christ’s College, University of Cambridge

B.A. (Honours) History and Fundamentals: Issues and Texts; Classics, University of Chicago

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