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Eric MacGilvray

Eric MacGilvray

Eric MacGilvray

Professor, Political Science


614 292-3710

2026 Derby Hall
154 N Oval Mall
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Modern and Contemporary Liberal Theory
  • Modern & Contemporary Democratic Theory
  • American Pragmatism
  • History of Political Thought


  • M.A. in Political Science, University of Chicago
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Chicago
  • A.B. in Politics, Princeton

Eric MacGilvray (Ph.D., Chicago, 1999) is Professor of Political Science and (by courtesy) Philosophy. His research and teaching interests center in modern and contemporary political thought, with an emphasis on liberal, republican, and democratic theory and the pragmatic philosophical tradition. He is the author of Liberal Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 2022), The Invention of Market Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and Reconstructing Public Reason (Harvard University Press, 2004), and his articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Political PhilosophyPolitical TheorySocial Philosophy and Policy, and a number of other journals. He is Chair of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Steering Committee, and serves on the Steering Committee of the OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values.