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Patel to speak on why America is not exceptional

Kiran Klaus Patel, a professor of European and global history at Maastricht University, will speak on “Why America Is Not Exceptional: The New Deal in Global Perspective,” on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 4:30 p.m., in 216 Aaron Burr Hall at Princeton University. David Ciepley, an associate professor of political science will be the respondent. Harold James, Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies, will serve as chair. The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society.

**Media who would like to attend should RSVP by April 7, 2014, to Sarah Mullins at or 609-258-4851.**

Patel is also head of the Department of History at Maastricht. Prior to his appointment there, he was as professor of European Union history and transatlantic relations at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and an assistant professor at Humboldt University in Berlin. He is a member of an international team of historians researching the history of the German Ministry of Labor during the Third Reich. His ongoing research projects focus on the history of European integration as well as on the history of the US in the world.

Ciepley, who is at Princeton this year as a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at the University Center for Human Values, is the author of Liberalism in the Shadow of Totalitarianism (2006), “Beyond Public and Private: Toward a Political Theory of the Corporation” (American Political Science Review, 2013), and “Neither Persons nor Associations: Against Constitutional Rights for Corporations” (The Journal of Law and Courts, 2013).  He publishes in the fields of democratic theory, liberal theory, and corporate theory, and is working on a book at the intersection of these fields that challenges the legal reclassification of corporations from “bodies politic” to private concerns.

James, who holds a joint appointment as professor of international affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School director of the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, studies economic and financial history and modern German history.

The Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society can be found on the Web at Jan-Werner Müller, professor of politics, is acting director for 2013-14.

For more information, contact Sarah Mullins at or 609-258-4851.