Hélène Landemore

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Professor of Political Science, Director of Graduate Studies (Spring 2024)


 Hélène Landemore is a professor of political science at Yale University with a specialization in political theory. Her research and teaching interests include, among other things, democratic theory, political epistemology, and the ethics and politics of artificial intelligence. She is also a fellow at the Ethics in AI Institute at the University of Oxford, and an advisor to the Democratic Inputs to AIprogram at OpenAI. She served on the Governance Committee of the most recent French Citizens’ Convention and is currently undertaking work supported by Schmidt Futures through the AI2050 program.


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  • 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
  • Honorific, non-degree program in the Humanities, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (Academic Merit scholarship), 1996-2000





  • 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

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • “When Public Participation Matters: the 2010-2013 Icelandic Constitutional Process,” International Journal of Constitutional Law, forthcoming
  • “Referendums Are Never Merely Referendums: On the Need to Make Popular Vote Processes More Deliberative.” Swiss Review of Political Science 24(3): 320–327, 2018
  • “Political Epistemology in the Age of Alternative Facts: On World-Building, Truth-Tracking, and Arendtian Vacillations in Linda Zerilli’s A Democratic Theory of Judgment,” Political Theory 46(4): 611-623, 2018
  • “Inclusive Constitution-Making and Religious Rights: Lessons from the Icelandic Experiment,” Journal of Politics 79(3): 762-779, 2017
  • “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 - Undergraduate courses

  • “Introduction to Political Philosophy” (lecture course), Fall 2017 and Fall 2018
  • “How do we choose, and choose well” (lecture course), Spring 2015 and Fall 2015
  • “Beyond Representative Government” (seminar), Spring 2014 and Fall 2015
  • “Directed Studies” (History & Politics), Spring 2011 and Spring 2012
  • “Justice in Western Thought” (lecture course), Fall 2009 and 2010
  • “Freedom” (seminar) Spring 2010

Classes taught -Graduate Courses

  • “Political Epistemology” (graduate seminar), Spring 2018
  • “Deliberative Democracy and Beyond”, Spring 2010 and 2016
  • “Philosophy of Science for the Study of Politics”, co-taught with Ian Shapiro
  • “Research & Writing” (co-taught with Allan Dafoe), Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
  • “Introduction to Political Theory,” co-taught with Ian Shapiro
  • “Political Authority,” Spring 2011

Awards and Nominations

  • 2018 - APSA “Ideas, Knowledge, and Politics” Best Book Award for Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many (Princeton University Press 2013)
  • 2017 - Nominated for the Brown Medal of Democracy (second and final round)
  • 2015 - David and Elaine Spitz Prize (best book in liberal/democratic theory from two years earlier) for Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many
  • 2015 - Nominated for the Brown Medal of Democracy (first round)
  • 2014-16 - ‘Enduring Questions’ competitive grant ($25,000) from the National Endowment for the Humanities for lecture course ‘How Do We Choose and Choose Well’
  • 2010 - Montreal Political Theory Manuscript Workshop Award for then book manuscript Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many

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