People Feature

Professor John Keane

Academic Visitor
Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin

Renowned globally for his creative thinking about democracy, John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). He is the Director and co-founder of the Sydney Democracy Network. Described by the ABC as one of 'Australia's great intellectual exports' and by El Pais (Madrid) as 'one of the greatest theorists of politics', he has contributed to The New York Times, Al Jazeera, the Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, Harper's, Letras Libres, the South China Morning Post and The Huffington Post. Among his best-known books are the highly acclaimed full-scale history of democracy, The Life and Death of  Democracy (2009). Forthcoming in Arabic, it has been published in Chinese, Greek, Portuguese, Korean, Spanish and Brazilian; the Japanese translation (2014) was ranked in the top three non-fiction books of that year published in Japan. His most recent books are A Short History of the Future of Elections (2017), When Trees Fall, Monkeys Scatter : Rethinking Democracy in China (2017), Power and Humility: the Future of Monitory Democracy (2018). The New Despotism (2020), his new book on the global rise of despotism and the decline of democracy in the West, is shortly to appear.

John Keane