Associate Professor of Political Science
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 (A Theory of Militant Democracy, Yale University Press, 2014). My current research explores the intellectual history and practice of legitimate opposition, as well as the legitimacy of democratic revolutions (see my SSRN page for working papers on these topics).
- Ph.D., Yale University 2011
Kirshner, A. S. A theory of militant democracy: The ethics of combatting political extremism. 2014, pp. 1–208.
Kirshner, A. S. “Nonideal democratic authority: The case of undemocratic elections.” Politics, Philosophy and Economics, vol. 17, no. 3, Aug. 2018, pp. 257–76. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1470594X17732068. Full Text
Kirshner, A. S. “Legitimate opposition, ostracism, and the law of democracy in ancient athens.” Journal of Politics, vol. 78, no. 4, Oct. 2016, pp. 1094–106. Scopus, doi:10.1086/686028. Full Text Open Access Copy
Kirshner, Alexander S. “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, Wiley, Sept. 2015, pp. 554–55. Crossref, doi:10.1002/polq.12369. Full Text