David Ciepley

David Ciepley

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (2002-2004)


Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Denver


political theory; theory of the corporation; democratic theory; history of liberalism; sustainable development


David Ciepley came to the University of Denver in 2007. He was a Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars during the 2011-2012 academic year, a Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow in the Center for Human Values at Princeton University during the 2013-2014 academic year, and a member of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science, under auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars, during the 2015-2016 academic year. He is a Fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study during the fall of 2016.

He was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis from 2002-2004, a postdoctoral fellow at The Center on Religion and Democracy at the University of Virginia from 2004-2005, and a postdoctoral fellow in political philosophy, policy, and law, also at the University of Virginia, from 2005-2007.

He serves on the legal advisory board of Free Speech for People and is currently writing a book advancing a political theory of the corporate order.

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  • “Is the U.S. Government a Corporation? The Corporate Genesis of Modern Constitutionalism.” American Political Science Review (forthcoming).
    Available online.
  • Liberalism in the Shadow of Totalitarianism, Harvard University Press, 2006. Press-nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
  • “Neither Persons nor Associations: Against Constitutional Rights for Corporations.” Journal of Law and Courts 1(2): 221-246, September 2013.
  • “Dispersed Constituency Democracy: Deterritorializing Representation to Reduce Ethnic Conflict.” Politics & Society 41(1):133-160, March 2013.
  • “Beyond Public and Private: Toward a Political Theory of the Corporation.” American Political Science Review 107(1): 139-158, February 2013. Available online. Copyright © American Political Science Association 2013
  • “Authority in the Firm (and the Attempt to Theorize it Away).” Critical Review 16(1): 81-115, 2004.
  • “Why the State was Dropped in the First Place: A Prequel to Skocpol’s ‘Bringing the State Back In.'” Critical Review 14(2-3), 2000.
  • “Democracy Despite Public Ignorance: A Weberian Reply to Somin and Friedman.” Critical Review 13(1-2): 191-227, 1999. Reprinted in Jeffrey Friedman and Shterna Friedman (eds.) Political Knowledge, Vol. IV, New Research Directions (Routledge, 2013).

Ph.D., Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, 2002

M.A., with distinction, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago, 1992

MSc, History, Edinburgh University, 1991

BA, religion, cum laude, Princeton University, 1989