Professor Sawyer is Director of the Center for Critical Democracy Studies, Chair of the History Department and co-founder of the History, Law, and Society program at The American University of Paris. Sawyer came to AUP from the University of Chicago center in Paris and the Ecole Normale Supérieure where he was lecturer in the final years of the preparation of his dissertation. After receiving fellowships from the EHESS, Fulbright, and Sciences Po, from 2005 to 2009, Sawyer served as part-time assistant to Pierre Rosanvallon at the Collège de France. A specialist in political history and theory, Sawyer earned his PhD at the University of Chicago. He has published seventy some articles and book reviews, in six countries and leading journals including The American Historial Review, Les Annales HSS, The Journal of Modern History, The European History Quarterly and The Tocqueville Review. Sawyer began his appointment as the Associate Editor for the English version of the Annales HSS and member of the journal's editorial board in 2012. In 2015, he became Directeur des publications ofThe Tocqueville Review/La Revue Tocqueville. He is currently completing a manuscript for University of Chicago Press,Demos Assembled: French Liberalism and International Origins of the Modern State, 1840-1880. He also co-edited a volume on Boundaries of the State in US History with Jim Sparrow and William Novak in 2015 and a volume on In Search of the Liberal Moment: Democracy, Anti-Totalitarianism and Intellectual Politics in France since the 1950s with Iain Stewart in 2016. His translation of Michel Foucault's lectures Wrong-Doing, Truth-Telling (University of Chicago Press) appeared in 2014.

Professor Hägel, born in Germany, studied political science at Freie Universität Berlin, Columbia University and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Before joining The American University of Paris as assistant professor of International and Comparative Politics in 2006, he worked as researcher and consultant for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, the German Bundestag, the European Commission, the House of Lords and other institutions. His research focuses on the intersections of comparative politics and international relations/political economy, and how transnational processes and supranational politics transform state sovereignty.

Hägel’s past research concerned the European Union’s regulation of the free movement of persons and capital, how states try to control cross-border flows under conditions of regional integration and globalization. His new project “Billionaires in World Politics” examines the political consequences of rising inequalities and asks questions about the agency of the ultra-wealthy in a sphere traditionally dominated by states and international organizations. 

At AUP, Professor Hägel is directing the Philosophy, Politics & Economics major.

Professor Culp is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Program Coordinator for Philosophy, and Fellow of the Center for Critical Democracy Studies at The American University of Paris. Before moving to Paris, he was a fellow, lecturer and research associate in philosophy and political theory at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main from 2008 to 2018, where he received his Habilitation and PhD in philosophy. Culp also held postdoctoral fellowships at the Hoover Chair for Social and Economic Ethics of the University of Louvain in 2017 and at the Centre for Ethics of the University of Toronto in 2014/15.

In his research, Culp defends a democratic approach to social (and global) justice, according to which the question “What is a just (global) distribution of resources?” should be answered indirectly by responding first of all to the question “Who is to decide what counts as a just (global) distribution of resources?” Based on this approach Culp conceives citizenship education as democratic conscientization and maintains that educational policy must empower citizens to exercise democratic control in domestic as well as in inter- and transnational politics. More recently, Culp has started to work on issues of democratic citizenship in a digitized society.

Culp is the author of Global Justice and Development (Palgrave, 2014) and of Democratic Education in a Globalized World (Routledge, 2019), as well as of numerous articles in journals such as Philosophy Compass, The European Journal of Political Theory, Theory and Research in Education, Third World Quarterly and Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung. He also serves as co-editor of the journal Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric and of the book series Philosophy of Education – Debates and Constellations (mentis Verlag). He co-edited Education and Migration (Routledge, 2020).