• Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration (Harvard University Press, 2017; paperback edition 2019)​

  • First Among Equals: The Practice and Theory of Early Modern Equality, book manuscript in progress. Under contract with Harvard University Press.

  • John Locke: Four Letters on Toleration, 2 vols., for The Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke. Under contract with Oxford University Press

Edited Volumes

  • “The Historical Rawls,” Special Forum for Modern Intellectual History, co-edited with Sophie Smith and Annette Zimmermann (forthcoming 2021).


Refereed Articles and Book Chapters


Reviews and Other Publications


  • The 1612 Project,” Liberty Matters (May 2020). 

  • “The Troubling Ambiguity of Peace,” review of Murad Idris’s War for Peace, in The Journal of Politics, Religion, and Ideology 21 (2020): 124-126.

  • What Quakers Can Teach Us about the Politics of Pronouns,” The New York Times (16 Nov. 2019). 

  • Liberalism’s Parish: On Cecile Laborde’s Liberalism’s Religion,” Syndicate Theology (Oct. 2019).

  • “Reply to my Critics,” Review Symposium on Mere CivilityPolitical Science Reviewer 42 (2018), 533-539.

  • “Review Essay: Recent Works on Toleration,” The Review of Politics 80 (2018), 701-708.

  • “A Reply to my Readers,” Review Symposium on Mere CivilityReview of Politics 80 (2018), 528-532.

  • “Critical Dialogue: Teresa M. Bejan and Andrew R. Murphy,” Perspectives on Politics 16 (2018), 487-491.

  • The Two Clashing Meanings of Free Speech,” The Atlantic (2 Dec. 2017).

  • “Of Moderns and Masters,” review of Steven B. Smith’s Modernity and its Discontents: Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow, in Review of Politics 79 (2017), 7-9.

  • The Past in the Present,” post on The Immanent Frame (Sep 2017). 

  • You don’t have to be nice to political opponents. But you do have to talk to them,” The Washington Post (8 March 2017). 

  • “Mere Civility: An Introduction” and “Mere Civility: A Reply,” posts on The Immanent Frame, Jan/Feb 2017.

  • Review Forum on Saba Mahmood’s Religious Freedom in a Secular Age: A Minority Report, in The Journal of Politics, Religion, and Ideology (2016), 1-3.

  • “Review of J. Judd Owen’s Making Religion Safe for Democracy,” Review of Politics 78 (2016), 469-472.  

  • “Review of John Coffey’s Exodus and Liberation,” Politics and Religion (2014), 1-3. 

  • “Quentin Skinner: The Art of Theory interview” (2011),


Works in Progress

  • “What Was the Point of Equality?” 

  • “Hobbes and Hats”