About

Welcome to my website. I am a 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 a particular interest in ancient Greek institutions, and in the history of ideas about democracy, both ancient and modern. I’m currently writing a book about the historical and conceptual links between the right to vote and the right to serve on a jury, and am beginning work on a project on the moral limits of political bargains.

I am the editor of NOMOS, the annual volume of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy.

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