“Even under realistic accounts of how people argue, democratic argument can transform private vices (confirmation bias) into public virtues (the preservation of cognitive diversity)”

Henry Farrell is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University, and Co-Chair of the Social Science Research Council’s Digital Knowledge Initiative. He has previously been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Assistant Professor at George Washington University and the University of Toronto, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Project Group in Bonn, Germany.

As a leading political scientist, Farrell works on a variety of topics, including trust, the politics of the Internet and international and comparative political economy. His book, The Political Economy of Trust: Interests, Institutions and Inter-Firm Cooperation, was published in 2008. In addition he has authored or co-authored twenty-three academic articles for journals including International Organization, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies and the Annual Review of Political Science, as well as numerous book chapters for edited volumes.

Professor Farrell is an associate editor of Perspectives on Politics and Research and Politics, a Foreign Correspondent for Stato e Mercato and a member of the executive committee of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. He is a co-founder of the popular academic blog Crooked Timber, and also blogs at The Monkey Cage, winner of the 2010 The Week award for Best Blog. He has written articles for general publications including Foreign AffairsThe Financial TimesForeign PolicyThe American ProspectThe Washington MonthlyThe Boston ReviewThe American InterestDemocracyNew ScientistThe NationAeonThe Chronicle of Higher EducationTimes Higher Education and the Australian Academic Supplement, among others.

He tweets @henryfarrell.