Prof. Teresa M. Bejan

Teresa M. Bejan writes about political theory and history, bringing past 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 Mellon Research Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. 

In 2021, she will hold the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Constitutional and Political Theory at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Bejan received her M.Phil. in Political Thought and Intellectual History from Cambridge (2007) and her Ph.D. in Political Science with distinction from Yale (2013). Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the American Political Science Association's 2015 Leo Strauss Award for the best dissertation in political philosophy. In 2016, she was elected as the final Balzan Skinner Fellow in Modern Intellectual History at Cambridge, and in 2018 she received a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. In 2020, she was awarded the inaugural Early Career Prize for the greatest overall contribution to research and teaching in political thought from the Britain & Ireland Association for Political Thought.

Dr. Bejan’s first book, Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration (Harvard University Press, 2017; paperback 2019) was called "penetrating and sophisticated" by The New York Times and has been widely reviewed in scholarly and popular publications. In addition to her many articles in academic journals and edited volumes, she writes regularly for popular publications, including The New York TimesThe Atlantic, and The Washington Post. Dr. Bejan is also a popular radio and podcast guest, and her research has been featured on BBC radio, PBS, NPR, CBC radio, and Philosophy Bites, among others. 

Dr. Bejan is currently on research leave from Oxford, supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, to finish her second book, First Among Equals: The Practice and Theory of Early Modern Equality, under contract with Harvard University Press.