Samuel Moyn is Chancellor Kent Professor of Law and History at Yale University, where he also serves as head of Grace Hopper College.

Trained in modern European intellectual history, he works on political and legal thought in modern times and on constitutional and international law in historical and current perspective. His most recent book is Liberalism against Itself: Cold War Intellectuals and the Making of Our Times (Yale University Press, 2023), based on the Carlyle Lectures in the History of Political Thought at the University of Oxford.

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. Previously the Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School, he came to Yale from Harvard University, where he was Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law and Professor of History. Before this, he spent thirteen years in the Columbia University history department, where he was most recently James Bryce Professor of European Legal History.

He spent a decade writing some books about the history of international law and human rights, The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Harvard University Press, 2010); Christian Human Rights (Penn Press, 2015), based on Mellon Distinguished Lectures at the University of Pennsylvania in fall 2014; and Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (Harvard, 2018); and Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2021), and is out in a paperback edition in 2022 with Picador in the United States and Verso in the United Kingdom.

Currently he is working on (different) projects on aging and politics constitutionalism and democracy, and the Vietnam war.

Moyn is a fellow of the new Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, Over the years he has written in venues such as the Atlantic, Boston Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education,Commonweal, Dissent, the Guardian, the London Review of Books, The NationThe New Republic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He helps with several book series: the Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought, the Cambridge University Press “Human Rights in History” series, and the University of Pennsylvania Press “Intellectual History of the Modern Age” series. He cofounded and for a decade served as coeditor of the journal Humanity; he served as coeditor for seven years of Modern Intellectual History. He is on the editorial boards of ConstellationsGlobal Intellectual History, the Historical JournalHumanity, the Journal of the History of International LawModern Intellectual Historyand Modern Judaism.

He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Berggruen Institute, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. In 2020, he delivered the Page-Barbour lectures at the University of Virginia, and he gave the Carlyle Lectures in the history of political thought at the University of Oxford in 2022. His books have won the Morris Forkosch Prize of the Journal of the History of Ideas and the Sybil Halpern Milton Memorial Book Prize of the German Studies Association. At Columbia, he was given the Mark van Doren Teaching Award (46th Annual) by undergraduates.