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Bernard Harcourt
Directeur d'études EHESS
Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Columbia University

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Bernard Harcourt’s research examines modes of governing in our digital age, especially in the post 9/11 period. Harcourt is the author most recently of The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens (Basic Books, 2018), where he documents our recent turn to the counterinsurgency warfare paradigm as a way of governing populations at home and abroad. He traces the birth of what he calls our “expository society” in Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age (Harvard 2015). He is the author, recently as well, of The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order (Harvard 2011), and Occupy: Three Inquiries in Disobedience with Michael Taussig and W.J.T. Mitchell (Chicago 2013). Earlier books include Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing and Punishing in an Actuarial Age (Chicago 2007), Language of the Gun: Youth, Crime, and Public Policy (Chicago 2005), and Illusion of Order: The False Promise Of Broken Windows Policing (Harvard 2001).

Bernard Harcourt is also an editor of the works of Michel Foucault. He recently edited the French edition of Michel Foucault’s 1972-73 lectures at the Collège de France, La Société punitive (Gallimard 2013) and the 1971-1972 lectures, Theories et institutions pénales (Gallimard 2015). He is also the editor of the new Pléiade edition of Surveiller et punir in the collected works of Foucault at Gallimard (2016). He is co-editor with Fabienne Brion of the lectures Foucault delivered at Louvain in 1981, in French and English, Wrong-Doing, Truth-Telling: The Function of Avowal in Justice (Chicago 2014). He is currently working on Foucault’s lectures on Nietzsche for the next series of lecture publications by Gallimard/Le Seuil called Cours et Travaux.



Principales publications


  • Critique & Praxis. Columbia University Press (2020)
  • La Société d'exposition. Éditions du Seuil (2020)
  • The Counterrevolution: How our Government Went to War on Its Own Citizens. Basic Books (2018)
  • Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age. Harvard University Press (2015).
  • Occupy: Three Inquiries in Disobedience (with W.J.T. Mitchell and Michael Taussig). University of Chicago Press (2013)
  • The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order. Harvard University Press (2011).
  • Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing and Punishing in an Actuarial Age. University of Chicago Press (2007)
  • Language of the Gun: Youth, Crime, and Public Policy. University of Chicago Press (2005)
  • Illusion of Order: The False Promise of Broken Windows Policing. Harvard University Press (2001).

Directions d'ouvrages

  • A Time for Critique (Columbia University Press, 2019) (avec Didier Fassin).
  • Michel Foucault. Surveiller et punir. La naissance de la prison in Michel Foucault. Œuvres Complètes. Éditions La Pléiade, Gallimard (2015).
  • Michel Foucault. Théories et institutions pénales. Cours au Collège de France. 1971-1972. Gallimard/Seuil/Hautes Études (2015).
  • (avec Fabienne Brion) Michel Foucault. Wrong-Doing, Truth-Telling: The Function of Avowal in Justice, Trans. Stephen Sawyer. University of Chicago Press (2014).
  • Michel Foucault. La Société punitive. Cours au Collège de France. 1972-1973. Gallimard/Seuil/Hautes Études (2013).
  • (avec Fabienne Brion) Michel Foucault. Mal Faire, Dire Vrai. Fonction de l’aveu dans la justice. Presses Universitaires de Louvain (2012).
  • Criminal Law and the Regulation of Vice.  Foundation Press (2007) (avec Franklin Zimring)
  • Guns, Crime, and Punishment in America.  New York University Press (2003).
  • Carceral Notebooks – Volumes 1 to 13 (2005 - 2018)

Chapitres d'ouvrages (récents)

  • “Beyond the Counterinsurgency Paradigm of Governing: Letting Go of Prediction and the Illusion of an Internal Enemy,” in Reimagining America: The National Security State and the Decline of Liberalism, ed. Karen Greenberg, New York, Fordham University Press (2019)
  • “Virtual Transparency: From the Panopticon to the Expository Society and Beyond,” in Transparency, Society, Subjectivity. Critical Perspectives, eds. Emmanuel Alloa and Dieter Thomae, London, Palgrave Macmillan (2018)
  • “From Post-War Humanism to the Calculating Self: Transformations in American Constitutional Adjudication in the Area of Criminal Procedure and National Security Since 1990,” in Neo-Retro Constitutionalism: The United States, ed. Olivier Cayla (Paris: Mare et Martin, 2018)
  • “Punishment, Political Economy, and the Genealogy of Morals,” in New Perspectives on the History of Political Economy, eds. Robert Fredona and Sophus Reinert, New York, Palgrave (2018)
  • « Avec et après Surveiller et Punir. De la discipline à l’exposition » in Sociétés carcérales, eds. Isabelle Fouchard and Daniele Lorenzini, Paris, Mare et Martin (2018)
  • “Gouverner, échanger, sécuriser. Les big data et la production du savoir numérique,” in « Big data » et traçabilité numérique. Les sciences sociales face à la quantification massive des individus, » eds. Pierre-Michel Menger and Simon Paye, Paris, Collection « Conférences » du Collège de France, Collège de France (2017)
  • « Spectacle, surveillance, exposition. Relire Foucault à l’ère numérique » in Foucault(s), eds. Daniele Lorenzini, Ariane Revel, Jean-François Braunstein, Judith Revel, and Arianna Sforzini, Paris, Publications de la Sorbonne (2017)

Articles (récents)

  • “The Systems Fallacy: A Genealogy and Critique of Public Policy and Cost-Benefit Analysis,” Journal of Legal Studies (January 2018)
  • “Counter-Critical Theory and Practice: An Intervention in Contemporary Critical Thought,” Critical Times (forthcoming, 2018)
  • “Breve genealogia della razionalità attuariale Americana,” Aut Aut n. 373, p. 30-50 (2017)
  • “Waking Up from May ’68 and the Repressive Hangover: Stages of Critique Past Althusser and Foucault,” ZINBUN No. 47, p. 13-32 (2016)
  • “From the Harm Principle to Harm Decisionism: Hart, Feinberg, and the Eclipse of Millian Ambiguity,” The Tocqueville Review/La Revue Tocqueville, Vol. 36, No. 1, p. 185-211 (2015)
  • « Gary Becker répond à Foucault sur l’analyse économique des crimes et des peines, » Socio, Vol. 5, p. 189-191 (2015)
  • « Becker et Foucault sur les délits et les peines: Débat entre Gary Becker, François Ewald et Bernard E. Harcourt » (with Gary Becker and François Ewald), Socio, Vol. 5, p. 193-220 (2015)
  • « Sur la peine et le châtiment. Une polémique », Grief. Revue sur les mondes du droit. No. 2, 17-25 (2015)
  • “Risk as a Proxy for Race: The Dangers of Risk Assessment,” Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 237-243 (April 2015) Iris

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