Helene Landemore-Jelaca

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Associate Professor of Political Science


115 Prospect Street, Rosenkranz Hall, Room 305
1(203) 432-5824


  • 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 research and teaching interests include democratic theory, political epistemology, theories of justice, the philosophy of social sciences (particularly economics), constitutional processes and theories, and workplace democracy.

Her first book (in French) Hume. Probabilité et Choix Raisonnable (PUF: 2004) was a philosophical investigation of David Hume’s theory of decision-making. Her second book (in English) Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence, and the Rule of the Many (Princeton University Press 2013) offered an argument for democracy based on the collective intelligence generated by the inclusion of diversely thinking citizens. Democratic Reason won the Montreal Manuscript Workshop Award in 2011 and the Elaine and David Spitz Prize in 2015. She is currently completing a third book entitled Open Democracy: Reinventing Popular Rule for the 21st Century, where she theorizes an alternative to representative democracy on the basis of concrete examples of participatory and deliberative democratic innovations.

Hélène is also co-editor with Jon Elster of Collective Wisdom: Principles and Mechanisms (Cambridge University Press 2012), and is currently working on a new edited volume project on Digital Technology and Democratic Theory, together with Rob Reich and Lucy Bernholz at Stanford.

Her articles have been published in, among others, Journal of Political PhilosophyPolitical TheoryPolitics, Philosophy, and EconomicsPolitical PsychologySocial Epistemology; and Journal of Politics. Her research has been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Review, Slate, and L’Humanité. Before joining Yale, Hélène lectured at Brown University and MIT. She is also an alumna from the Sorbonne, the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm), and Sciences-Po in Paris.

In the past Hélène has taught various courses, including “Justice in Western Thought,” “Beyond Representative Government,” “Deliberative Democracy and Beyond,” and “Political Authority.” In 2014 she won a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for her interdisciplinary lecture course “How Do We Choose, and Choose Well.”




  • 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:

  • “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 - Undergraduate courses:

  • “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:

  • “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:

  • 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


  • President of the Ideas, Knowledge and Politics (formerly known as “Political Epistemology”) APSA section.

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