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.