James Lindley Wilson

Politics, Ph.D. Candidate

Graduate Associates

 130 Corwin Hall

 Curriculum Vitae


James Lindley Wilson is a sixth-year graduate student in the Politics Department. He has published articles in the American Political Science Review and Representation. Jim's current research focuses on democratic theory, constitutionalism, and the law of democracy. In his dissertation, Finding Time for Democracy, he argues that political equality requires a fair allocation of political control across time as well as between citizens at any given time. This thought, he suggests, sheds light on a number of puzzles in democratic theory, including the nature and aim of representation and deliberation. This understanding of fairness should also inform the fair design of electoral and lawmaking institutions.

Jim's law-related interests include election law, constitutional law and theory, administrative law, and the relationship between domestic institutions and international law-making. He is also interested in legal and philosophical questions involving property and business organization.

Jim was a Graduate Prize Fellow at the University Center for Human Values in 2008-09. He also won the Association for Princeton Graduate Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008, his first year of teaching. Jim holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an A.B. summa cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University.


"Deliberation, Democracy, and the Rule of Reason in Aristotle’s Politics." Forthcoming, American Political Science Review 105 (May 2011).

*Copyright Cambridge University Press. The online edition of the journal is here.

"Getting Personal with Citizens and Criminals: Comments on Democratic Rights and Punishment." Representation 47 (2011): 39-49. (Available at the journal website here.)

"Majority Rule and the Federalist Papers: Democracy, Equality, and Constitutionalism" (unpublished manuscript).

"Does Kant Justify Liberal Intervention?" (with Jonathan Monten, London School of Economics). (under review)