Helene Landemore

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Associate Professor of Political Science
115 Prospect St, Room 305


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Harvard University 2008
  • Master (with High Honors), Philosophy, Sorbonne-Paris I, 2001
  • Master (with High Honors), Political Science, Sciences-Po, Paris, 2000



Hélène Landemore is Associate Professor of Political Science.

Her current research interests include democratic theory, theories of justice, the philosophy of social sciences (particularly economics), constitutional processes and theories, and workplace democracy.

She is the author of Hume. Probabilité et Choix Raisonnable (PUF: 2004) and Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many (Princeton University Press 2013). She is also co-editor with Jon Elster of Collective Wisdom: Principles and Mechanisms (Cambridge University Press 2012).

Her articles have been published in, among others, Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Theory, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, and Political Psychology.

“She is currently at work on a new book, tentatively entitled “After Representation: Rethinking Democracy for the 21st Century,” which lays out the principles of post-representative (or “open”) democracy.

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  • Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many (Princeton, Princeton University Press 2013) 
  • Hume. Probabilité et choix raisonnable (Paris: PUF, 2004)
  • Edited volume: Collective Wisdom: Principles and Mechanisms (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2012). First editor, with Jon Elster


  • “Inclusive Constitution-Making and Religious Rights: Lessons from the Icelandic Experiment,” Journal of Politics, forthcoming  (accepted August 2016)
  • “Beyond the Fact of Disagreement? The Epistemic Turn in Deliberative Democracy,” Journal of Social Epistemology, forthcoming  (accepted August 2016)
  • “Unmasking the Crowd: Participants’ Motivation Factors, Expectations, and Profile in a Crowdsourced Law Reform” (with Tanja Aitamurto and Jorge S. Galli), Information, Communication, and Society, forthcoming (accepted August 2016)
  • “Crowdsourced Deliberation: The Case of an Off-Traffic Law Reform in Finland” (with Tanja Aitamurto) Policy & Internet May 2016 DOI: 10.1002/poi3.115
  • “In Defense of Workplace Democracy: Toward a Justification of the Firm/State Analogy” (first author, with Isabelle Ferreras) Political Theory 44(1): 53-81, 2016
  • “Inclusive Constitution-Making: The Icelandic Experiment.” Journal of Political Philosophy 23(2): 166-191, 2015
  • “Deliberation and Disagreement: Problem Solving, Prediction, and Positive Dissensus” (with Scott E. Page). Philosophy, Politics, and Economics 14(3) : 229-254, 2015
  • “Neither Blind, nor Mute: Why the People Shouldn’t Give Up on the Voice.” Political Theory 42 (2): 192-197, 2014
  • “Reasoning is for Arguing: Explaining the Successes and Failures of Deliberation” (second author, with Hugo Mercier), Political Psychology 33: 243-, 2012 
  • “Deliberation, Cognitive Diversity, and Democratic Inclusiveness: An Epistemic Argument for the Random Selection of Representatives.” Synthese 190(7): 1209-1231, 2012
  • “Politics and the Economist-King: Is Rational Choice Theory the Science of Choice?” Journal of Moral Philosophy 1.2, 2004: 185-207

Classes taught:

  • Fall 2016-Spring 2017:
    • On Leave
  • Spring 2016:
    • “Deliberative Democracy and Beyond” (graduate seminar)
  • Fall 2015
    •  “How do we choose, and choose well” (undergraduate lecture course)
    • “Beyond Representative Government” (undergraduate seminar)
  • Spring 2015
    • “How do we choose, and choose well” (undergraduate lecture course)
  • Spring 2014
    • “Philosophy of Science for the Study of Politics”, co-taught with Ian Shapiro (undergraduate/graduate seminar)
    • “Beyond Representative Government” (undergraduate seminar)
    • Research & Writing (co-taught with Allan Dafoe, year-long graduate seminar)
    • Directed Readings for graduate student Max Krahé on the topic “The State and the Economy”
  • 2012
    • Directed Studies (History & Politics), Spring 2012
  • 2011
    • Directed Studies (History & Politics), Spring 2011
    • Graduate Seminar “Political Authority,” Spring 2011
  • 2010
    • Undergraduate Lecture Course “Justice in Western Thought,” Fall 2010
    • Graduate Seminar “Deliberative Democracy and Beyond,” Spring 2010
    • Undergraduate Seminar “Freedom,” Spring 2010
  • 2009
    • Undergraduate Lecture Course “Justice in Western Thought,” Fall 2009


  • President of the Idea, Knowledge, Politics APSA section