Jeffrey Green

Associate Professor
202 Stiteler Hall

Jeffrey Green is a political theorist with broad interests in democracy, ancient and modern political philosophy, and contemporary social theory. He is the author of two books: The Shadow of Unfairness: A Plebeian Theory of Liberal Democracy (Oxford, 2016)—and The Eyes of the People: Democracy in an Age of Spectatorship (Oxford, 2010), which was awarded the First Book Prize in political theory from the American Political Science Association and is the topic of a forthcoming German-language edited volume. He is currently at work on a new book project, entitled: The Bourgeois Spirit…with continual reference to Bob Dylan. In 2013, he received Penn’s Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by an Assistant Professor. Green holds a BA, summa cum laude, from Yale University, a JD from Yale Law School, and a PhD from Harvard.

Selected Publications: 


The Shadow of Unfairness: A Plebeian Theory of Liberal Democracy, Oxford University Press, 2016 (Buy this book from Amazon or the publisher.)

The Eyes of the People: Democracy in an Age of Spectatorship, Oxford University Press, 2010 (Buy this book from Amazon or the publisher.)

Journal Articles:

“Solace for the Frustrations of Silent Citizenship: The Case of Epicureanism,”  Citizenship Studies 19.5 (2015): 492-506 [.pdf]

“Liberalism and the Problem of Plutocracy,” Constellations (2015) [.pdf]

“Political Theory as Both Philosophy and History: A Defense Against Methodological Militancy,” Annual Review of Political Science 18 (2015): 425-441 [.pdf]

“Reply to Critics,” Democratic Theory 2.1 (2015): 85-99 [part of a symposium on my book (.pdf), The Eyes of the People, with contributions from two other authors]

“Reply to Critics,” Political Theory, 42.2 (2014): 188-217 [Part of a symposium on my book (.pdf), The Eyes of the People, with contributions from four other authors]

"Rawls and the Forgotten Figure of the Most Advantaged: In Defense of Reasonable Envy Toward the Superrich," American Political Science Review 107.1 (2013): 123-138 [.pdf]

"On the Co-Originality of Liberalism and Democracy: Rationalist vs. Paradoxicalist Perspectives," Law, Culture and the Humanities (2013) [.pdf]

"Analyzing Legislative Performance: A Plebeian Perspective" Democratization 20.3 (2013): 417-37 [.pdf]

"On the Difference Between a Pupil and a Historian of Ideas," Journal of the Philosophy of History 6.1 (2012): 86-112 [.pdf]

"Learning How Not To Be Good: A Plebeian Perspective," The Good Society 20.2 (2011): 184-202 [.pdf]

"Three Theses on Schumpeter," Political Theory, volume 38, no. 2 (2010) [.pdf]

"Max Weber and the Reinvention of Popular Power," Max Weber Studies, 8.2 (2008) [.pdf]
"Two Meanings of Disenchantment: Sociological Condition vs. Philosophical Act—Reassessing Max Weber’s Thesis of the Disenchantment of the World,” Philosophy & Theology, volume 17, nos. 1-2 (2007) [.pdf]

"The Shame of Being a Philosopher," Political Theory, volume 33, no. 2 (2005) [.pdf]

"The Morality of Wonder: A Positive Interpretation of Socratic Ignorance," Polis: The Journal of  the Society for Greek Political Thought, volume 21, Issues 1-2 (2004) [.pdf]

"Apathy: The Democratic Disease," Philosophy and Social Criticism, volume 30, no. 5(2004) [.pdf]

Other Publications:

“Two Ideas for a Skeptical Pedagogy,” University of Pennsylvania Almanac 61.24 (2015)

“Figuring Out Democracy: A Reply to Urbinati,” European Political Science 14.2 (2015): 165-169

“How My Visit to Fudan Helped Me Evolve My Idea of Candor,” Annual Report of Humanities and Social Sciences Research in Shanghai (2014)

"The Plebeian Character," The Great Indian Dream, May 2012: 12-15.

Review of Julia Reinhard Lupton, Thinking With Shakespeare: Essays on Politics and Life (University of Chicago Press, 2011), Political Theory 40.2 (2012): 253-256. [.pdf]

"Democratic Elitism," Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought, ed. Michael Gibbons (Blackwell, forthcoming)

"The Ultimate in Reality TV: Flaws and All, Presidential Debates are a Healthy Part of the Job Interview," Zócalo Public Square (November, 2011):  [link]  (1500 words) 

Review of John Medearis, Joseph A. Schumpeter (Continuum, 2009), Perspectives on Politics, 9.1 (2011): 167-168 [.pdf]

"You’re Only A Voter on Election Day: Democracy Beyond the Vote," Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine (Fall/Winter 2010): 10-11

"Political Participation," in Encyclopedia of Political Theory, ed. Mark Bevir (Sage, 2010), 1068-1073

Review of Peter Linebaugh, The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All (University of California Press, 2008), Insight Turkey, 12.2 (2010): 274-276 [link]

Courses Taught: 
  • Ancient Political Thought
  • Contemporary Political Theory
  • Shakespeare and Political Theory
  • The Meaning of Democracy
  • Political Theory: Problems and Concepts
  • Thinking and Politics
  • Politics and Theatricality

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Anne Norton Chair
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Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair