Samuel Moyn is Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law and Professor of History at Harvard University. He received a doctorate in modern European history from the University of California-Berkeley in 2000 and a law degree from Harvard University in 2001. He spent thirteen years in the Columbia University history department, where he was most recently James Bryce Professor of European Legal History. He has written several books in his fields of European intellectual history and human rights history, including Origins of the Other: Emmanuel Levinas between Revelation and Ethics (Cornell University Press, 2005) and The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Harvard University Press, 2010), as well as edited or coedited a number of others. His areas of interest in legal scholarship include international law, human rights, the law of war, and legal thought, in both historical and current perspective. In intellectual history, he has worked on a diverse range of subjects, especially twentieth-century European moral and political theory. He is a co-editor of the interdisciplinary journal Humanity, co-editor of Modern Intellectual History, and works with several other publications.
In 2016-17, Professor Moyn is a Fellow-in-Residence and a Berggruen Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.