EMILY BEAUSOLEIL

Senior Lecturer of Politics at Massey University and Associate Editor of Democratic Theory journal


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Emily is a Senior Lecturer of Politics at Massey University and Associate Editor of Democratic Theory journal. As a political theorist, she explores democratic ideals of voice, listening, and responsiveness, particularly in highly diverse and unequal societies. Her interest began with a focus on how creative forms such as theatre and dance can be a powerful form of voice for marginalised communities.

Her current Marsden Project asks what politics might learn from four practical sectors  – conflict mediation, therapy, education, and performance – and connects this kind of practical insight to the challenge of engaging communities about issues of structural injustice, like socioeconomic inequality. As an instructor, she’s been the lead designer on Massey University’s capstone Bachelor of Arts course on Active Citizenship. Her research has been published in world-leading journals, as well as in various books.