Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Margaret Moore

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Director of the Centre of Democracy and Diversity
PhD (London School of Economics)
Political Theory

Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C300
Phone: (613) 533-6126


Research Interests

Margaret Moore has a wide range of interests in contemporary political philosophy. Her interests include territorial justice, global distributive justice, just war theory, historical injustice, democratic theory, rights, nationalism, multiculturalism, immigration, and selected theorists in the history of political thought. 

Brief Biography

Margaret Moore is a professor in the Political Studies department, cross-appointed as a courtesy in Philosophy where she teaches in the Master’s in Political and Legal Theory program. She is the author of four books, Who Should Own Natural Resources? (Polity 2019), A Political Theory of Territory (Oxford 2015), Ethics of Nationalism (Oxford 2001) and Foundations of Liberalism (Oxford 1993) and has edited several other books and journal special issues. A Political Theory of Territory was the winner of the Canadian Philosophical Association’s Best Book Prize in 2017, and was translated into Japanese in 2020. She has published in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Theory, Philosophical Studies, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Political Studies, and Ethics and International Affairs. In 2018 she was an RSS visiting fellow at the Australian National University (March-April) and the Olof Palme Visiting Research Professor at the University of Stockholm (July-December), and in 2019 she was elected a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada.

Selected Publications 

Moore, M. (2021). Territorial Rights in Unoccupied Places. American Journal of Political Science

Moore, M. (2019). The Taking of Territory and the Wrongs of Colonialism. Journal of Political Philosophy, 27: 87-106.

Moore, M. (2015). A Political Theory of Territory. New York: Oxford University Press.

Moore, M. (2012). Natural Resources, Territorial Right, and Global Distributive Justice. Political Theory, 40(1), 84-107.

Margaret is an Associate Editor of Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (CRISPP).  As a result of responsibilities connected to that position, she declines most review requests.