Jan-Werner Müller studied at the Free University, Berlin, University College, London, St. Antony's College, Oxford, and Princeton University. From 1996 until 2003 he was a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford; from 2003 until 2005 he was a Fellow at the European Studies Centre, St. Antony's College. Since 2005 he has been teaching in the Politics Department, Princeton University.
He has been a visiting fellow at the Collegium Budapest Institute of Advanced Study, the Remarque Institute, NYU, the Center for European Studies, Harvard, as well as the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris.
Professor Müller is a co-founder of the European College of Liberal Arts (ECLA), Berlin, Germany's first private, English-speaking liberal arts college, for which he served as founding research director. He maintains a strong interest in international teaching and research initiatives centered on the liberal arts.
He is the author of Another Country: German Intellectuals, Unification and National
Identity (Yale UP, 2000;Chinese translation), A Dangerous Mind: Carl Schmitt in Post-War European Thought (Yale UP, 2003;German, French, Japanese, Greek, and Chinese translations); he is also the editor of Memory and Power in Post-War Europe: Studies in the Presence of the Past, (Cambridge UP 2002) and German Ideologies since 1945: Studies in the Political Thought and Culture of the Bonn Republic (Palgrave 2003). His book Constitutional Patriotism was published by Princeton University Press in 2007 (Chinese, Serbian, Greek, Turkish, and Korean translations); an expanded and revised German edition was published by Suhrkamp in 2010.
Professor Müller 's public affairs commentary has appeared in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Zeit, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, and Merkur: Deutsche Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken; he has also contributed to Project Syndicate, Dissent, the Boston Review, guardian.co.uk and Prospect (London), as well as Esprit and Commentaire (Paris).
His history of political thought in twentieth-century Europe, Contesting Democracy,was published by Yale University Press in the summer of 2011 (Italian and German translations forthcoming); his book Furcht und Freiheit: Ein anderer Liberalismus will be published by Suhrkamp in 2012.