Simon Reid-Henry

A writer with “a boldly democratic vision”

Journal of Economic Geography


Simon Reid-Henry is an award-winning scholar of the political present, a seasoned public speaker and author of four books, translated into seven languages. Born and educated in the UK, he gained his PhD from the University of Cambridge and studied fine arts in Montpellier, France. A geographer by training, he draws on the tools of history, law and the social sciences to inform the intellectual narratives that define his work.


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“Reid-Henry has mapped the terrain of our current political landscape with frightening accuracy”

- Times Higher


Over the past decade Simon’s work has ranged across innovation studies, international politics, intellectual history, and today’s twin crises of inequality and democracy. To each of these topics he brings a signature interest in how ideas, political-economy, and the politics of institutional change intersect. His research has taken him from archives in London and Washington to the streets of Athens. He has interviewed former KGB chiefs in Moscow, and ageing intellectuals in Paris, HIV activists in Delhi and far right extremists in Stockholm. Their stories join the many others he explores through his writings on the condition of politics today.


“Brilliantly, Reid-Henry calls for the salvation of democracy from the choices of its leaders”

–Samuel Moyn (Yale)

-Advance praise for Empire of Democracy-

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EMPIRE OF DEMOCRACY is out in the US, UK and Canada in June. Available for pre-order now.

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