Will Kymlicka

Will Kymlicka

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy

Philosophy, Political Studies, Law

Arts and Science

People Directory Affiliation Category
  • B.A., Queen's University
  • B.Phil, University of Oxford
  • D.Phil, University of Oxford

Political Philosophy

Personal Website


Will’s research interests focus on issues of democracy and diversity, and in particular on models of citizenship and social justice within multicultural societies. He has published eight books and over 200 articles, which have been translated into 32 languages, and has received several awards, most recently: Honorary Doctorates from the University of Copenhagen in 2013 and KU Leuven in 2014; the 2019 Gold Medal from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council; and the Royal Society of Canada’s Pierre Chauveau Medal in 2021. In 2023 Will was appointed to the Order of Canada. His books include: Contemporary Political Philosophy (OUP 1990; second edition 2002); Multicultural Citizenship (OUP 1995), which was awarded the Macpherson Prize by the Canadian Political Science Association and the Bunche Award by the American Political Science Association; Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity (OUP 2007), which was awarded the North American Society for Social Philosophy’s 2007 Book Award; and Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights (OUP 2011), co-authored with Sue Donaldson, which was awarded the Canadian Philosophical Association’s Best Book Prize in 2013. Will and Sue are co-convenors of the Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Ethics research group at Queen’s.

A full list of Will’s publications is available on his personal website. Several of his recent and forthcoming papers are available on his Academia.edu page.