Ellen Kennedy


Professor Emeritus


Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, Room 430

Professor Kennedy writes on a variety of subjects in political economy and the history of modern European political and legal theory. She has been a Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Friedreich Ebert Foundation as well as the British Academy and the Nuffield Fondation. Before joining the faculty at Penn, she taught in at the Universities of London, York, Manchester and at the University of Freiburg.  

Research Interests
  • Political Theory
  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
  • Comparative Government
  • Western Europe
Courses Taught
  • Jean Bodin & the Origin of Modern Political Thought (Graduate Seminar)
  • Modern Political Thought
  • Hegel and Marx (Graduate Seminar)
  • Ancient Political Thought
  • Max Weber and Carl Schmitt (Graduate Seminar)
  • Modern Political Thought
  • Money and Markets
  • Comparative Western European Politics
  • Language of Politics
  • Introduction to Political Science
Selected Publications
  • Constitutional Failure: Carl Schmitt in Weimar, Duke University Press, 2002.
    (Buy this book from the publisher)
  • The Bundesbank: Germany's Central Bank in the International Monetary System. (British Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1991).
  • Women in Western Political Philosophy: Kant to Nietzsche. (Harvester Press, 1987). [co-edited with Susan Mendus]
  • Translation of Carl Schmitt's The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy. (MIT Press, 1985).
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