Dr. Avigail Eisenberg is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria. Before moving to Victoria, Eisenberg was an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia, where she spent the first ten years of her academic career. She has held visiting research fellowships at the University of Edinburgh (1996-7), and the Universite de Montreal (2004-5). She has been a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Centre in Bellagio, Italy  and, most recently (2010-11), a visiting researcher at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona

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Democracy and Diversity

I supervise graduate students interested in democratic theory, normative political theory, history of ideas (19th-20th C), pluralism, identity politics.

In the coming year, I have funding available for students working in the following areas of research:

Public Institutions and the Creation of Democratic Space

I’m interested in efforts by public commissions, governments and courts to create ‘democratic space’ for minority participation in public decision making.  Students who wish to pursue projects, with a theortical, Canadian, comparative or international focus, which look at the following subject areas, are encouraged to contact me:

  • How do diverse societies today construct or restrict democratic space for minority participation and consultation?
  • The normative principles that ought to guide ‘the duty to consult’
  • How courts construct democratic spaces and what normative principles ought to guide them in doing so.
  • What is relation between a dialogical understanding of politics and the real world efforts to promote dialogue amongst different groups?
  • What are the main challenges and hazards of group consultation and can these challenges be met (if they have been met)?

For further information, contact avigaile@uvic.ca


Cultural Minorities and the Citizenship Handbook, Conference on Sites of Memory, Jackman Centre, University of Toronto, Sept 16-17.

Pluralism and Political Method, Workshop on Cross-border Conceptual Travel, SFU, Burnaby BC July 4-5.

Religious Exemption and the Distinction between Pluralism and Accommodation, Annual Law and Religion Roundtable, McGill University, Montreal, June 20-21.

The Malaise of Multiculturalism: Group Pluralism and Group Accommodation’ Gesellschaft fur Kanda-Studien (Invitation of the Canadian Embassy and the German Canadian Studies Association), Grainu, Germany, Feb 12-14.


Educational Equality in Multicultural States, coauthored with Patti Lenard. Workshop at University of Ottawa, April 9.

Groups and the State: Pluralism and Accommodation. Canadian Political Science Association June 1-3.


Gender and Identity Politics: A Rapprochment? Workshop at Université de Paris, 1 Sorbonne, France, Nov 7-8.

Religion as Identity. American Political Science Association Meetings, Washington DC August 28-31. Choice, Identity and Religious Freedom. Workshop at Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany May 26-8.

Identity, Choice, Accommodation: New Debates on Citizenship. Workshop at University of Ottawa, March 21. The Political Dynamics of Canadian Multiculturalism: An Internal Perspective. Workshop at UC Berkeley, California, Jan 31.