Alexander Kirshner

Alexander Kirshner

Assistant Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
140 Science Drive, 204K Gross, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-4312
Political Theory

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, AS. "Nonideal democratic authority: The case of undemocratic elections." Politics, Philosophy and Economics 17.3 (August 1, 2018): 257-276. Full Text

Rubenstein, J, Dovi, S, Pineda, ER, Woodly, D, Kirshner, AS, El Amine, L, and Muirhead, R. "Political and ethical action in the age of Trump." Contemporary Political Theory 17.3 (August 1, 2018): 331-362. Full Text

Kirshner, AS. "Legitimate opposition, ostracism, and the law of democracy in ancient athens." Journal of Politics 78.4 (October 1, 2016): 1094-1106. Full Text Open Access Copy

Kirshner, AS. "Democracy Disfigured: Opinion, Truth, and the People." POLITICAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY 130.3 (2015): 554-555. Full Text

Kirshner, AS. "Proceduralism and Popular Threats to Democracy." Journal of Political Philosophy 18.4 (December 2010): 405-424. Full Text

Selected Grants