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Nadia Urbinati

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Political theory


Nadia Urbinati (Ph.D., European University Institute, Florence, 1989) is a political theorist specializing in modern and contemporary political thought as well as democratic and anti-democratic traditions. She co-chaired Columbia University's Political and Social Thought Seminar and was co-editor of Andrew Arato's academic journal Lineups: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory The . She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Reset Dialogues on Civilization Foundation.

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She was a member of the School of Social Sciences of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University and a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellowship at the University Center for Human Values ​​at Princeton University. She is a permanent visiting professor at the Scuola Superiore de Studi Universitari e Perfezionamento Sant'Anna in Pisa (Italy) and has taught at the Bocconi University (Milan), SciencesPo (Paris) and the UNICAMP University (Brazil).

She is the winner of the Lenfest / Columbia Distinguished Faculty Award 2008-9. In 2008 the President of the Italian Republic awarded Professor Urbinati denati Commander of the Republic (Commander of the Italian Republic) 'for their contribution to the study of democracy and to the dissemination of Italian liberal and democratic thought abroad.' 2004 her book Mill on democracy (see below) received the David and Elaine Spitz Prize for the best book in liberal and democratic theory published in 2002.

Professor Urbinati is the author of Me The People: How Populism Changes Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2019); The Tyranny of the Modern Age (Yale University Press 2015); Democracy disfigured: opinion, truth and the people (Harvard University Press, 2014); Representative Democracy: Principles and Genealogy (University of Chicago Press, 2006) and by Mill on Democracy: From the Athens Polis to the Representative Government (University of Chicago Press, 2002). She edited Carlo Rosselli, Liberal Socialism (Princeton University Press, 1994); Piero Gobetti, On the Liberal Revolution (Yale University Press, 2002). She has edited several books, in particular: with Monique Canto-Sperber Liberal Socialism: An Anthology; Europe-United States ( Esprit 2003 edition); with Alex Zakaras, John Stuart Mills Political Thought: A Bicentennial Reassessment (Cambridge University Press, 2007); with Stefano Recchia, A cosmopolitanism of nations: Giuseppe Mazzini's writings on democracy, nation building and international relations (Princeton University Press, 2009); mit Steven Lukes, Condorcet's political letter (Cambridge University Press, 2012); with Carlo Invernizzi-Accept, Hans Kelsens About the value and values ​​of democracy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013); with Lisa Disch and Mathijs van de Sande, The turn of constructivism in political representation (Edinburg University Press, 2019).

Professor Urbinati has published articles in several international academic journals and is also a political columnist for Italian newspapers.

Me the People: How Populism Changes Democracy

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