J.G.A. Pocock is the Harry C. Black Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins University, where he taught from 1974 to 1994. He was the founder and director of the Folger Institute Center for the History of Political Thought at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. He is the author of many books, including Barbarism and Religion I: the Enlightenments of Edward Gibbon (Cambridge, 1999); Barbarism and Religion II: Narratives of Civil Government (Cambridge, 1999); Virtue, Commerce, and History (Cambridge, 1985); and The Machiavellian Moment (Princeton, 1975). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.