Salih Emre Gercek
Visiting Assistant Professor
Salih Emre Gercek joined the University of Connecticut in Fall 2020 after completing his Ph.D. at Northwestern University. His research and teaching interests are in the history of political thought and democratic theory, with a particular attention to themes of equality, participation, and political economy. His other line of research engages with efforts to rethink democracy and collectivity in continental political thought. His work has appeared in European Journal of Political Theory and The Review of Politics.
He is currently working on a book project that explores how the modern idea of democracy emerged and evolved in nineteenth century European thought against the background of the “social question” – i.e. the debates over the problems of social disintegration, poverty, and class conflict. More specifically, through an investigation of the thought of Alexis de Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, Louis Blanc, and Jeanne Deroin this project recovers how democratic egalitarianism and participation were seen as ways of repairing social bonds, improving the conditions of the working classes, and promoting the common good.