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Dr. Avigail Eisenberg

Avigail Eisenberg


Political Science

Office: DTB A354 250-721-7499
PhD (Queen's) 1991
Area of expertise:
Democratic theory, normative political theory, history of ideas (19th-20thC), pluralism, identity politics

Office hours

Spring 2024 office hours: by appointment.


  • democratic theory
  • normative political theory
  • history of ideas (19th-20th C)
  • pluralism
  • multiculturalism/Identity politics

About Dr. Eisenberg

Avigail Eisenberg is a professor in the Department of Political Science.

Her publications include 2 monographs, 8 edited books and numerous research papers which have been translated into French, Polish, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin. She has convened several conferences and workshops and hosted numerous academic visitors at UVic as co-founder of the Victoria Colloquium on Legal and Political Thought and the Consortium on Democratic Constitutionalism.

Professor Eisenberg has held visiting research fellowships at Cornell University, Hebrew University, University of Cagliari, University of Montreal, and University of Edinburgh. She has taught masterclasses on diversity and pluralism at Concordia University, Hebrew University and UVic. She was awarded a visiting fellowship by the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy in 2003. She has been a faculty fellow at UVic’s Centre for Global Studies and the Centre for the Study in Religion and Society. In 2010, she received UVic’s Faculty of Social Sciences research award.


Teaching 2023-24

Fall 2023: No teaching

Spring 2024:


Books (monographs and edited)

Chapters and journal articles (selected)

  • Religious Autonomy and Authority. In Ben Colburn ed., Routledge Handbook of Autonomy, London: Routledge, 2022, 371-82.
  • Multiculturalism and Decolonization. In Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Alain-G. Gagnon and Arjun Tremblay, eds. Assessing Multiculturalism in a Global Comparative Perspective: A New Politics of Diversity for the 21st Century, London: Routledge 2023, pp. 83-98.
  • Decolonizing Political Authority: The Conflict on Wet’suwet’en Territory, Canadian Journal of Political Science 2021: 1-19. DOI:10.1017/S0008423921000858.
  • Multiculturalism and Decolonization, 2021 Canadian Diversity/Diversité Canadienne: Special issue on Multiculturalism @50, 18(1) Autumn 2021 42-6.
  • The Rights of National Majorities: Toxic Discourse or Democratic Catharsis? Ethnicities, 20:2 (2020) 312-330. DOI: 10.1177/1468796819866488.
  • Consent, Resistance and the Duty to Consult, International Journal of Group and Minority Rights, 27 (2019) 270-90. 
  • Protecting minority and majority cultures: Risks and best practices, in Luis Efrén Rìos Vega, Ilenia Ruggiu, Irene Spigno (eds.), Justice and Culture. Theory and Practice Concerning the Use of Culture, Napoli: Editoriale Scientifica, 2019.
  • Pluralism and the Authority of Groups to Discriminate, Critical Review of Social and Political Philosophy, online first, May 2019. DOI:10.1080/13698230.2019.1610844.
  • Multiculturalism, Multinationalism and Indigenous Rights: The Canadian Case, in Richard Ashcroft and Mark Bevir eds., Multiculturalism in the British Commonwealth, University of California Press, 2019.
  • The Challenges of Structural Injustice to Reconciliation, Ethics and Global Justice, vol 11, 2018:82-90.
  • Three approaches to the Protection of Religious Freedom: Choice, Interest, Identity, Personal Autonomy in Plural Societies: A Principle and its Paradoxes, M-C Foblets, A. Dundes Renteln and M. Graziadei eds., London: Routledge, 2018, pp. 58-75.

Public essays (selected)