Alexander Kirshner

Alexander Kirshner

Associate 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

Shapiro, I., et al. Political representation. 2010, pp. 1–368. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9780511813146. Full Text

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

Rubenstein, J., et al. “Political and ethical action in the age of Trump.” Contemporary Political Theory, vol. 17, no. 3, Aug. 2018, pp. 331–62. Scopus, doi:10.1057/s41296-018-0225-4. 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

Kirshner, Alexander S. “Proceduralism and Popular Threats to Democracy.” Journal of Political Philosophy, vol. 18, no. 4, Dec. 2010, pp. 405–24. Wos-lite, doi:10.1111/j.1467-9760.2010.00370.x. Full Text