About

Welcome to my website. I am a professor of politics at New York University, specializing in political theory. My primary research interests are in the historical origins and normative logic of democratic institutions. I have a particular interest in ancient Greece.

I currently hold an Andrew W. Mellon “New Directions” Fellowship (2013-2016), under which I spent 2014-2015 at the New York University School of Law. In 2016-2017, I will be a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values.

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