Margaret Moore

Margaret Moore



PhD (London School of Economics)

Political Studies

Political Theory


Phone: (613) 533-6126

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, C300

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Research Interests

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

Margaret Moore would be interested in supervising students in the areas of territorial rights (including jurisdictional rights, resource rights, common pool resources, some elements of ethics of migration, ethics of biodiversity), global distributive justice, just war theory, historical injustice, democratic theory, rights, nationalism, multiculturalism, and immigration.

Brief Biography

Margaret Moore is a professor in the Political Studies department, cross-appointed as a courtesy in Philosophy where she teaches in the Masters 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 of the Royal Society of Canada.


For detailed information about political studies courses and instructors, please refer to the Undergraduate and Graduate pages. 

Service (2023/2024)

  • Departmental Committee
  • Political and Legal Theory Program Convenor
  • Renewal, Tenure, and Promotions Committee
  • POLS University Research Ethics Board (UREB) Committee (Fall 2023)

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

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.

Research Highlight with Margaret Moore

Professor Margaret Moore discusses her current research.