Jacob T. Levy

Jacob T. Levy

Professor
McGill University

Jacob T. Levy is Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory, Professor of Political Science, and associated faculty in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University.  He is the coordinator of McGill’s Research Group on Constitutional Studies and Montreal’s Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Philosophie Politique, and the founding director of McGill’s Yan P. Lin Centre for the Study of Freedom and Global Orders in the Ancient and Modern Worlds. He is the author of The Multiculturalism of Fear (OUP 2000) and Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom (OUP 2014), and editor or coeditor of Colonialism and Its Legacies, Nomos LV: Federalism and Subsidiarity, and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory.  

He is also the author of articles and chapters on topics including federalism, Montesquieu and the history of liberal thought, and the rights of indigenous peoples and linguistic minorities. He sits on the editorial boards of The Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Publius: The Journal of Federalism.  He is a member of the Board of Advisors and an Adjunct Fellow at the Niskanen Center, where he writes for the “Revitalizing Liberalism” project. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University, and an LL.M. from the University of Chicago Law School.

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What federalism does for individual liberty

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