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R.B Angus Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science

Associate Member, Department of Philosophy

McGill University

​I specialize in contemporary political theory, political philosophy, and the history of 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 has focussed on democratic theory; democracy's relation to identity, nationalism, and cosmopolitanism; immigration and border control; social and political power; the role of passion, rhetoric, and discourse in 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 is focussed on a book on social and political power.​


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

How to pronounce my name in English? Click here.

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

Source: Wellcome Library.

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