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Bonnie Honig

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Affiliated Research Professor

Joint appointment

Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture, Media, and Political Science (and Dept. of Religion, by courtesy), Brown University


Ph.D., Political Science, Johns Hopkins University M.Sc., London School of Economics

Curriculum vitae


Professor Honig is an Affiliated Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation and the Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science (and Dept. of Religion, by courtesy) at Brown University. She was formerly the Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University until Fall 2013. Honig is author of Political Theory and the…

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Research focus

Normative political theory, contemporary democratic theory with particular attention to the area of law and politics. Research addresses how constitutions, legal norms, the centrality of rights, and cultural politics operate to help or hinder spontaneous and organized collective actions in democracies.


Antigone, Interrupted

Antigone, the heroine of Sophocles' famous 5th centruy play and a nearly universal figure of civil disobedience admired today worldwide by lawyers and activists alike, has been absorbed into a…

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Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair
Fordham University Press
Have We Lost Sight of the Promise of Public Schools?
The New York Times Magazine
The President's House is Empty
The Boston Review

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“Resilience,” Political Concepts at Brown: A Critical Lexicon in the Making
Nov 2013
“Public Things,” The Sydney Lectures, State Library of New south Wales
Apr 2013
Feminist Theory and the Turn to Antigone
Jan 2013

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Member, Advisory Board, philoSOPHIA
  • Member, Advisory Board, Tulane Center for Ethics
  • Co-convenor, American Political Science Association Convention, 2011.
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Political Ideologies, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University, 2008-09
  • David Easton Prize, American Political Science Association
  • Okin-Young Award, American Political Science Association
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Citizenship Studies, 2010-2012
  • Invited Member, Future Citizenship Network,
  • Member, Editorial Board, Ethics & Global Politics

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