Dr Laura Montanaro

Senior Lecturer
Department of Government
Dr Laura Montanaro
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    +44 (0) 1206 873980

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    5.010, Colchester Campus

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    Academic Support Hours: By appointment



Laura Montanaro is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. She works on normative democratic theory. Her interests are driven by the gaps between democracy’s norms and outcomes, particularly equality and practices that might counteract inequality. Prior to joining the department, she was a Harper Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago. Her first book, Who Elected Oxfam? was published with Cambridge University Press and was a finalist for the C.B. Macpherson best first book prize. She has published in The American Journal of Political Science and the Journal of Politics.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, The University of British Columbia

  • M.A. and B.A. in Political Science, York University


University of Essex

  • Senior Lecturer, Government, University of Essex (1/10/2020 - present)

  • Lecturer, Government, University of Essex (1/9/2014 - 30/9/2020)

Other academic

  • Harper-Schmidt Fellow, Society of Fellows, University of Chicago (1/9/2010 - 31/8/2014)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

political representation

Open to supervise

social theory

Open to supervise

contemporary political thought

Open to supervise

critics of liberalism

Open to supervise

democratic theory

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Politics and Power (GV150)

  • Political Theory and Gender (GV528)

  • Democracy and Freedom (GV948)

  • Truth, Justice, and The Nature of Politics (GV151)


Journal articles (2)

Montanaro, L., (2019). Discursive Exit. American Journal of Political Science. 63 (4), 875-887

Montanaro, L., (2012). The Democratic Legitimacy of Self-Appointed Representatives. The Journal of Politics. 74 (4), 1094-1107

Books (1)

Montanaro, L., (2017). Who Elected Oxfam?: A Democratic Defense of Self-Appointed Representatives. Cambridge University Press. 1108419364. 9781108410557

Book chapters (5)

Reclaiming Representation. Editors: Brito Vieira, M., . Routledge

Montanaro, L., (2019). Who Counts as a Democratic Representative?. In: Making Present: Theorizing the New Politics of Representation. Editors: Pollak, J. and Castiglione, D., . Chicago University Press. 186- 203

Castiglione, D. and Pollak, J., (2018). Creating Political Presence. University of Chicago Press. 9780226588537

Montanaro, L., (2017). Representing affected interests. In: Reclaiming Representation: Contemporary Advances in the Theory of Political Representation. 210- 226. 9781138928510

Montanaro, L., (2014). Representation. In: The Encyclopaedia of Political Thought. Editors: Gibbons, M., Coole, D., Ellis, E. and Ferguson, K., . John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 3209- 3222. 9781118474396

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5.010, Colchester Campus

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Academic Support Hours: By appointment

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