Alexander Kirshner, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Alexander Kirshner
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Office Location:  140 Science Drive, 204K Gross, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-4300
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Teaching (Fall 2022):


Ph.D., Yale University, 2011

Political Theory
Research Interests:

My research cuts across democratic theory, comparative politics and constitutional law. I have just completed a book investigating the paradoxical ethical dilemmas raised by antidemocratic opposition to democratic government (forthcoming-Yale University Press). My current research explores the intellectual history and practice of legitimate opposition and the competition between religious parties in contemporary Egypt and Tunisia

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Kirshner, AS, Can liberal integrity handle disagreement? Perhaps not, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, vol. 24 no. 4 (January, 2021), pp. 642-649 [doi]  [abs].
  2. Rubenstein, J; Dovi, S; Pineda, ER; Woodly, D; Kirshner, AS; El Amine, L; Muirhead, R, Political and ethical action in the age of Trump, Contemporary Political Theory, vol. 17 no. 3 (August, 2018), pp. 331-362, Springer Nature [doi] .
  3. Kirshner, AS, Nonideal democratic authority: The case of undemocratic elections, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, vol. 17 no. 3 (August, 2018), pp. 257-276, SAGE Publications [doi]  [abs].
  4. Kirshner, AS, Legitimate opposition, ostracism, and the law of democracy in ancient athens, Journal of Politics, vol. 78 no. 4 (October, 2016), pp. 1094-1106, University of Chicago Press [doi]  [abs].
  5. Kirshner, AS, Democracy Disfigured: Opinion, Truth, and the People by NadiaUrbinati. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 2014. 320 pp. $39.95., Political Science Quarterly, vol. 130 no. 3 (September, 2015), pp. 554-555, WILEY [Gateway.cgi], [doi] .