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Dr. Melissa Williams

Professor and Founding Director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto

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Melissa S. Williams teaches political theory at the University of Toronto, where she is Professor of Political Science and served as Founding Director of the Centre for Ethics. A democratic theorist, Williams is author of the award-winning Voice, Trust, and Memory: Marginalized Groups and the Failings of Liberal Representation (Princeton University Press, 1998), as well as numerous articles on topics in democracy and social justice, the rights of Indigenous peoples, and multiculturalism.  She also served as Editor of NOMOS, the Yearbook of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy. In recent years, Williams has been engaged in collaborative work on the role of comparative political theory in a globalized world, including, most recently, co-editing East Asian Perspectives on Political Legitimacy (Cambridge University Press, 2016).  In 2016-17, Williams is a Senior Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she is working on a book project, Democracy After Sovereignty, on the future of democracy under conditions of globalization.


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