Arato, Andrew

Andrew Arato

Andrew Arato
PhD, University of Chicago, 1975
Dorothy Hart Hirshon Professor of Political and Social Theory


Professor Arato is the Dorothy Hart Hirshon Professor in Political and Social Theory, has taught at Ecole des hautes etudes, and Sciences Po in Paris, and the Central European University in Budapest, had a Fulbright teaching grant to Montevideo in 1991, and was Distinguished Fulbright Professor at the Goethe University in Frankfurt/M,Germany.
Professor Arato has served as a consultant for the Hungarian Parliament on constitutional issues: 1996-1997, and as U.S. State Department Democracy Lecturer and Consultant (on Constitutional issues) Nepal 2007. He has been re-appointed by the State Department in the same capacity for Zimbabwe, during November of 2010 where he had discussions with civil society activists and political leaders in charge of the constitution making process. He was invited Professor at the College de France, Spring 2012.

The scholarly research of Professor Arato is widely recognized and conferences and sessions have been organized around his work at University of Glasgow Law School in Spring 2009; and Koc University, Istanbul, in December 2009, as well as at the Faculty of Law. Witwaterstrand University, Johannesburg, South Africa, in August 2010. 
Andrew Arato have also been appointed Honorary Professor, and Bram Fischer Visiting Scholar at the School of Law, University of Witwatersrand Johannesburg (June 2010 – June 2011)


Interests include the politics of civil society; constitutional theory; comparative politics of constitution making; religion, secularism and constitutions. He teaches also general courses in political sociology, social theory and sociology of religion. 

Concentrations: The history of social and political thought, legal and constitutional theory, historical problems of revolutions and radical transformations, and sociology of law.

Recent Publications:
  • “Political Theology and Populism” forthcoming in Social Research
  • “Conventions, Constituent Assemblies, and Round Tables: Models, principles and elements of democratic constitution-making” in Global Constitutionalism
  • “Lefort: Philosopher of 1989” in Constellations
  • “Multi Track Constitutionalism Beyond Carl Schmitt” in Constellations
  • “Revisiting Civil Society” in The New Politics of European Civil Society
  • “Post Sovereign Constitution Making in Hungary” in South African Journal of Human Rights plus: “What I learned”
  • “Democratic Constitution Making and Unfreezing the Turkish Process” (Philosophy and Social Criticism)
  • Constitution Making Under Occupation: The Politics of Imposed Revolution Iraq (2009)
    “Banishing the Sovereign. Internal and External Sovereignty in Arendt” in Politics in Dark Times
  • "Redeeming the Still Redeemable and Post Sovereign Constitution Making” (Politics, Culture and Society, December 2009)
  • "Post Sovereign Constitution Making in Hungary: After Success, Partial Failure, and Now What?" (in Hungarian) (Fundamentum, 2009/3)
  • “Banishing the Sovereign? Internal and External Sovereignty in Arendt” (Constellations, June 2009)
  • Sistani v. Bush: Constitutional Politics in Iraq (Constellations, June 2004)
  • The Occupation of Iraq and the Difficult Transition from Dictatorship (September 2003)
  • Civil Society, Constitution, and Legitimacy (2000)
  • Habermas on Law, Democracy, and Legitimacy (coeditor, 1998)
  • Civil Society and Political Theory (coauthor,1994)
  • From Neo-Marxism to Democratic Theory (1993)
  • Civil Society and Political Theory (coauthor, 1992)
  • Crisis and Reform in Eastern Europe (coeditor, 1991)
  • Gorbachev: The Debate (coeditor, 1989)
  • The Young Luk'cs and the Origins of Western Marxism (coauthor, 1979)
  • The Essential Frankfurt School Reader (coeditor, 1978)


Office Location:

6 East 16th Street, Rm 919
New York, NY 10003



Office Hours:
Phone Number/Extension:
212.229.5737 ext.3124


Research Interests:
At the moment Professor Arato is focusing on three problem areas: constitution making in divided societies, with recent interests in Turkey and Israel; working on a new theory of constitutional authority (will be available as a set of web lectures); and putting out a volume on the theory and history of dictatorships.
Professional Affiliations:
-Editor in Chief, Constellations (from 1994)
-Editorial Board, Telos. (from 1971 to 1984)
Awards and Honors:
-Honorary Professor at the University of Witwaterstrand in Johannesburg, South Africa (August 2010)
-Distinguished Fulbright Professor at the Goethe University in Frankfurt/M, Germany (2007-2008)