David Ciepley

David Ciepley
  • University of Denver
  • Associate Professor
  • Residential Fellow (2016-2017)
  • “Our Corporate Civilization and Its Neoliberal Crisis”

David Ciepley is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Denver. He publishes in the fields of democratic theory, liberal theory, and corporate theory, with an emphasis on issues of authority and legitimacy and on institutional reform.

Professor Ciepley is the author of Liberalism in the Shadow of Totalitarianism (2006), nominated by Harvard University Press for the Pulitzer Prize. Recent publications include "Is the U.S. Government a Corporation? The Corporate Origins of Modern Constitutionalism" in American Political Science Review (2017); “Beyond Public and Private: Toward a Political Theory of the Corporation” in American Political Science Review (2013); and “Dispersed Constituency Democracy: Deterritorializing Representation to Reduce Ethnic Conflict” in Politics & Society (2013). His current book manuscript recovers the corporate roots of the democratic constitutional state and analyzes the changing relations between this quasi-corporate state and the business corporation.

Professor Ciepley held postdoctoral fellowships at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Virginia, and he has held residential research fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. (2011-2012), the Center for Human Values at Princeton (2013-2014), and most recently at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton under the auspices of an American Council of Learned Societies Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars.