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)

Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C300
Phone: (613) 533-6126
Fax:  (613) 533-6848


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 Professor in the Political Studies department at Queen’s University and is cross-appointed (as a courtesy) in Philosophy. She teaches in the Master’s in Political and Legal Thought program and is also the Director of Queen’s Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity. She is the author of A Political Theory of Territory (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015), which won the 2017 Canadian Philosophical Association Best Book prize, was short-listed for the CB Macpherson Best Book award by the Canadian Political Science Association (2016) and received Honourable Mention for the International Studies Ethics Best Book award. She has published two earlier books, both with Oxford University Press:  Foundations of Liberalism and Ethics of Nationalism, as well as edited or co-edited three volumes and a special journal issue. She has written articles in journals such as Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Theory, Political Studies, Philosophical Studies, International Theory, Journal of Social Philosophy and Ethics & International Affairs.  Her current work is on norms of the international system, such as sovereignty, human rights, boundary-drawing, and territorial claims. She currently holds a SSHRC Insight grant on corrective justice and land and is on a research team examining territorial claims in Antarctica. In Autumn of 2018, she will take up the Olof Palme Visiting Professorship at the University of Stockholm, which is a one-term research professorship.

Selected Publications 

"The Taking of Territory and the Wrongs of Colonialism", The Journal of Political Philosophy, January 2018. 

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

"Natural Resources, Territorial Right and Global Justice”, Political Theory, February, 2012, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 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.