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Alin Fumurescu


Asssistant Professor
407 PGH

Research Interests

Medieval and modern political theory
American political thought
Transitions to democracy
Social media, representation and self-representation

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Biographical Summary

Alin Fumurescu is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at University of Houston. His research interests include the history of ideas, political and self-representation, American political thought. He was the recipient of the American Political Science Association Leo Strauss Award for the best doctoral dissertation in political philosophy for 2013. His book, “Compromise – A Political and Philosophical History” (Cambridge University Press, 2013) was nominated by CHOICE among the top 25 outstanding academic titles published in 2013. Among others, Fumurescu’s work has been published in the European Legacy, European Journal of Political Theory, American Political Thought, and Perspectives on Politics.

His next book project is tentatively titled “Compromise, Contract, and Representation during the American Founding,” but he is also working on the ways in which the new social media affects the self-representation of individuals, a process he labels as the neo-medievalization.


Ph.D. Political Science, University of Indiana
B.A. Philosophy, Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Selected Publications

Compromise – A Political and Philosophical History, February 2013, Cambridge University Press. The book was translated into Chinese and has been nominated among Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles, 2013:  Top 25 Books:

Review of Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson: The Spirit of Compromise– Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It. (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2012) – in American Political Theory, Spring 2013

Lost in Translation: Centripetal Individualism and the Classical Concept of Descending Representation, European Journal of Political Theory – 10:2/2011

The Dialectic of the Individual and the Paradox of French Absolutism, European Legacy – 16:6/ 2011