Prof. Teresa M. Bejan

Teresa Bejan writes about political theory, bringing historical perspectives to bear on contemporary questions.


Teresa M. Bejan is Associate Professor of Political Theory and Fellow of Oriel College at the University of Oxford. Before coming to Oxford, she taught at the University of Toronto and as a Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University.


She received her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale in 2013, and her dissertation was awarded the American Political Science Association's Leo Strauss Award for the best dissertation in political philosophy in 2015. In 2016, she was elected as the final Balzan-Skinner Fellow in Modern Intellectual History at Cambridge. Her inaugural lecture, "Acknowledging Equality," can be viewed here.


Dr Bejan publishes regularly in popular and scholarly venues. Her first book, Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration (Harvard University Press, 2017) was called "penetrating and sophisticated" by the New York Times, and her work has been featured on PBS, WNYC, CBC radio, Philosophy Bites and other podcasts.


In addition to her many articles in academic journals and edited volumes, she has written on free speech and civility for The Atlantic and The Washington Post.

She is currently at work on a new book on the history of equality before modern egalitarianism supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.