Melissa Schwartzberg

Professor of Politics
Ph.D. 2002 (politics), New York University; A.B. 1996 (classics and political science) Washington University in St. Louis

Email:  ms268 [at] nyu.edu
Phone:  (212) 992 6526
Office Address:  19 West 4th St New York, NY 10012
Office Room Number:  330

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Areas of Research/Interest: Democratic theory, constitutionalism, ancient political institutions and thought, history of political thought

Select Publications:


Counting the Many: The Origins and Limits of Supermajority Rule. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in the Theory of Democracy series, 2014.

Democracy and Legal Change. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in the Theory of Democracy series, 2007.


“Epistemic Democracy and Its Challenges.” Annual Review of Political Science, vol. 18: 187-203 (2015).

“Aristotle and the Judgement of the Many: Equality, not Collective Quality." Journal of Politics. July 2016, 78:3, 733-745.

Was the graphe paranomon a form of judicial review?"Cardozo Law Review, Symposium Issue on “Constitutionalism, Ancient and Modern.” 34 Cardozo L.R. 1049 (2013).

“Should Progressive Constitutionalism Embrace Popular Constitutionalism?Ohio State Law Journal, 2010-2011 Symposium Issue on “Reflections on Progressive Constitutionalism: Theory, Practice, and Critique.” 72 Ohio State L.J. 1295 (2011).

Shouts, Murmurs and Votes: Acclamation and Aggregation in Ancient Greece Journal of Political Philosophy. December 2010, 18:4, 448-468.

The Arbitrariness of Supermajority RulesSocial Science Information [special issue on collective decision-making rules]. March 2010, 49:1, 61-82.

Norms, Minorities, and Collective Choice Online” With Henry Farrell. Ethics and International Affairs. Winter 2009, 22:4, 357-368.

Voting the General Will: Rousseau on Decision RulesPolitical Theory. June 2008, 36:3, 403-423.

Jeremy Bentham on Fallibility and InfallibilityJournal of the History of Ideas. October 2007, 68:4, 563-585.

Vox Populi, Vox Dei, Vox Sagittae” With Forrest Maltzman and Lee Sigelman. PS: Political Science and Politics. April 2006, 39:2, 297-301.

Athenian Democracy and Legal ChangeAmerican Political Science Review. May 2004, 98:2, 311-325.

Rousseau on Fundamental LawPolitical Studies. June 2003, vol. 51, 387-403.

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