Professor, Department of Political Science

Associate Member, Department of Philosophy

McGill University

​I specialize in contemporary political theory and the history of political philosophy. I received a BA(Hon) from the University of Winnipeg in 1992, an MPhil from Oxford University in 1994, and a PhD from Harvard University in 2001.


My research focusses on democratic theory; democracy's relation to questions of identity, nationalism, and cosmopolitanism; immigration and border control; the relation between the passions, rhetoric, discourse, and politics; and seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophy, particularly Hobbes and Rousseau.


My book Hobbes and the Two Faces of Ethics has been recently published by Cambridge University Press. My current research includes: a project on the nature of social and political power; a book on democratic theory; and a book on Hobbes's accounts of language, natural science, and moral and political philosophy, titled The Oscillations of Thomas Hobbes: Between Insight and the Will.


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"Mon Papa" by Isaiah Zachary Razi Abizadeh, 2015.

Homepage Photo: Job rides the leviathan in front of a grotesque procession of demons and tormentors, line engraving by M.

Source: Wellcome Library.