Paulina Ochoa Espejo
Associate Professor of Political Science
Paulina Ochoa Espejo is a political theorist who works at the intersection of democratic theory and the history of political thought. Before joining the faculty at Haverford, she was an Assistant Professor at Yale University, and a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University. She has been a visiting professor at CIDE in Mexico City, and a Carey Postdoctoral Fellow at the Erasmus Institute in the University of Notre Dame.
PhD in Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, 2006.
MA in Political Theory, University of Essex, 2000.
Licenciatura in International Relations, El Colegio de México, 1999.
Paulina is interested in contemporary political theory and the history of political thought, particularly questions about popular sovereignty, the legitimacy of the democratic state, populism, the relation between constitutionalism and democracy, immigration and the right to exclude, the relation between democracy and territorial rights, the boundaries of the demos, and the territorial borders of the democratic state.
She is also interested in comparative political thought, especially in the history of political ideas and the history of democracy in 19th C Latin America.
She is currently working on a project on the territorial borders of the state entitled Just Borders: Peoples, Territories and the Rights of Place.
The Time of Popular Sovereignty: Process and the Democratic State, University Park PA, Penn State University Press, 2011.
Peer Reviewed Articles:
“People, Territory and Legitimacy in Democratic States,” American Journal of Political Science, 58, 2 (2014).
“Paradoxes of Popular Sovereignty: A view from Spanish America,” The Journal of Politics, 74, 4 (2012), 1053-1065.
“Does Political Theology Entail Decisionism?,” Philosophy and Social Criticism, 38, 7 (2012), 725-743.
“On Political Theology and the Possibility of Superseding It,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 13, 2 (2010), pp. 475-494.
“World Citizenship vs. State Sovereignty: Decisionism, Political Theology, and the Possibility of Democracy without a State,” Distinktion, Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory 2, 2 (2001) pp. 101-114.