Jane J. Mansbridge

Jane J. Mansbridge

Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Harvard Kennedy School
Jane Mansbridge

Professor Mansbridge is author of Beyond Adversary Democracy and Why We Lost the ERA (co-recipient of the American Political Science Association's Kammerer Award in 1987 and its Schuck Award in 1988); editor of Beyond Self-Interest; co-editor, with Susan Moller Okin, of Feminism; and co-editor, with Aldon Morris, of Oppositional Consciousness: The Subjective Roots of Social Protest. Her work combines normative democratic theory with the empirical study of how democracies work, and includes the analysis of deliberation, representation, social movements, political participation, non-self-interested motivation, the meaning of the public good, and feminist perspectives on democratic theory.

Professor Mansbridge's current research embraces three topics: 1) A defense of self-interest in deliberation, 2) A "selection model" of political representation, and 3) Everyday Feminism, a study of how "everyday activists" (in this case, low income White and Black women who are not involved in formal politics) act in small ways to promote gender justice in their lives.

Professor Mansbridge has been a Faculty Associate of the Ethics Center since 1998.

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