James Lindley Wilson

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow
Office Phone
Green Hall, 3-S-10

James Lindley Wilson is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Most of his work focuses on normative democratic theory, including the moral evaluation of democracy and what democratic ideals require of citizens and institutions. His book, “Democratic Equality” (Princeton University Press, 2019), articulates the moral force of the democratic idea that all citizens are equal political authorities, and explains how that abstract idea ought to regulate the design and operation of political institutions.  Jim also writes on the history of political thought (with emphasis on democratic thought), including the work of Aristotle, Kant, and the Federalists. His current work addresses the relationship of democracy and individual autonomy; global political justice; the relationship between claims based on contemporary injustice and claims to reparation of past injustice; and moral problems occasioned by democratic backsliding and political violence. He has published articles in Philosophy & Public Affairs, the American Political Science Review, Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, Political Theory, and the Review of Politics.