James Wilson

Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College
University of Chicago

Core: Classics of Social and Political Thought

James Lindley Wilson received his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 2011, and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2007. Jim’s research interests span political philosophy, ethics, and law. Most of his work has focused on normative democratic theory, including the moral evaluation of democracy and questions of what democratic ideals require of citizens and institutions. His dissertation, “Finding Time for Democracy: A Theory of Political Equality,” attempts to articulate the moral force of the democratic idea that all citizens are equal political authorities, and to explain how that abstract idea ought to regulate the design and operation of political institutions. Jim also researches election law and the history of political thought, including the work of Aristotle, Hobbes, Kant, and the Federalists. He has published articles in the American Political Science Review, the Review of Politics, and Representation. He is currently revising his dissertation into a book manuscript, and writing related articles on applied problems in democratic institutional design.