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Dr. Patti Tamara Lenard

Associate Professor of Applied Ethics
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs,
University of Ottawa

Dr. Patti Tamara Lenard, University of Ottawa

Patti Tamara Lenard is Associate Professor of Applied Ethics at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.  Lenard completed her DPhil in Political Science and International Relations at Nuffield College, Oxford University in 2005, for work that focused on the role of trust in multicultural, democratic, political communities.  Before joining the faculty at the University of Ottawa, she was a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at Bristol University and then a Lecturer in the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University (2005-2009), during which she held a Fulbright Fellowship (2005-2006).   In summer 2016, she was a Visiting Researcher at Nuffield College, Oxford University, as well as an official visitor at Oxford’s Centre for the Study of Social Justice.

Her publications include Trust, Democracy and Multicultural Challenges (Penn State University Press, 2012); several co-edited books, including Imperfect Democracies (UBC Press, 2012), co-edited with Richard Simeon, and Legislated Inequality: Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada (McGill-Queens UP, 2012), co-edited with Christine Straehle.  She has also edited a recently published special issue of the Monist, titled “The Political Philosophy of Trust and Distrust in Democracies and Beyond” (2015).  Her articles have been published in Political Studies; Politics, Philosophy and Economics; Review of Politics; and Ethics and International Affairs.

Her current research focuses on the moral questions raised by migration across borders, as well as on multiculturalism, trust and social cohesion, and democratic theory more generally.   She is particularly interested in the normative and political challenges to all of these, posed by the importance of protecting them (in the name of “national security”) from terrorism.


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