Kevin Duong is an Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. Specializing in political theory, Kevin Duong writes and teaches on European political thought and intellectual history, with a particular focus on modern France. Much of his research focuses on how the revolutionary agency of “the people” is expressed, but his interests extend beyond democratic theory to fields such as queer theory, critical theory, visual culture, and the history of the left.
Duong is the author of The Virtues of Violence: Democracy Against Disintegration in Modern France (Oxford 2020). The book studies the recurring role of regenerative violence by “the people” in nineteenth century France, arguing for its importance for understanding modern republican democracy. He is currently writing a second book, What Universal Suffrage Was, which reconstructs revolutionary conceptions of “the voice of the people” forged during the struggle for universal suffrage in France, its Empire, and America. Other articles on 19th- and 20th-century political thought have appeared in venues such as Modern Intellectual History, Political Theory, and the American Political Science Review. His work has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Gustave Gimon Collection at Stanford; in 2017 he was the recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Leo Strauss Award.
Duong was educated in the public schools of East Tennessee through high school, and he earned his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his master’s degree from the University of Chicago. He completed his doctoral work at Cornell University, where he also organized for the graduate workers’ union. Before joining UVA, he spent three years as an assistant professor at Bard College in upstate New York.