About

Welcome to my website. I am Silver Professor of Politics at New York University, specializing in political theory; I am also affiliated faculty in the Department of Classics and in the NYU School of Law. My primary research interests are in the historical origins and normative logic of democratic institutions, with special focus on ancient Greek institutions and on the history of ideas about democracy, both ancient and modern.

These are my current book projects:

1) Bargaining Over Democracy: a book on the justification of political bargaining, co-authored with Jack Knight. Under contract with Harvard University Press.

2) Judging Democracy: Voters, Jurors, and the Construction of Equal Citizens, which addresses the historical and conceptual links between the right to vote and the right to serve on a jury.

3) No-Bullshit Democracy, co-authored with Henry Farrell and Hugo Mercier, a project analyzing the circumstances under which democracy is capable of solving certain forms of problems (and the conditions under which it is more likely to fail).

I am completing my term of service as the editor of NOMOS, the annual volume of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy.

Finally, here is a fun educational video on Athens I did with Jeremiah Dickey and the team at Ted-Ed:

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-did-democracy-really-mean-in-athens-melissa-schwartzberg