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Senior lecturer in democracy studies, University of Canberra

Jean-Paul Gagnon is a University of Canberra philosopher specializing in democratic theory. He joined the University of Canberra in mid-2015 as assistant professor in politics and is based in the School of Politics, Economics and Society. He co-edits the Berghahn (Oxford, New York) journal Democratic Theory and directs the Foundation for the Philosophy of Democracy.


  • 2015–present
    Assistant Professor, University of Canberra
  • 2013–2015
    University Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University


  • 2010 
    Queensland University of Technology, PhD/Political Science


  • 2014
    Democratic Theorists in Conversation: Turns in Contemporary Thought, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2013
    Evolutionary Basic Democracy, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2012
    "The Taliban did not create the Taliban, Imperialism did", Journal of South Asian Development
  • 2012
    "Post-Colonial Public Law: Are Current Legal Establishments Democratically Illegitimate?", African Journal of Legal Studies
  • 2011
    "Surface and Sub-Surface Land Ownership: Realpolitik for 4th World Empowerment", Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues
  • 2011
    "Huron Socialism: A New Political System", AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples
  • 2011
    "A Potential Demarcation between ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Democratic Theory?", Social Alternatives
  • 2011
    "Establishing Indigeneity in African Pluralities using PRO169 Parameters", Brill Journal of African and Asian Studies
  • 2011
    "China’s Naval Policy off the Coast of Somalia", Journal of Global Analysis
  • 2010
    "Democratic Theory and Theoretical Physics", Taiwan Journal of Democracy

Research Areas

  • Political Science (1606)
  • Comparative Government And Politics (160603)
  • Public Policy (160510)
  • Public Administration (160509)
  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy (160609)
  • Social Theory (160806)