Will Kymlicka



  • Program Co-Director
  • Boundaries, Membership & Belonging


  • Queen's University
Department of Philosophy


  • Canada


PhD (Philosophy), Oxford University
BA (Philosophy and Politics), Queen's University


Will Kymlicka is a political theorist deeply engaged with real-world problems.

His research interests focus on issues of democracy and diversity, and in particular on emerging models of citizenship and social justice in multicultural societies.


Honorary Doctorate, KU Leuven, 2014

Honorary Doctorate, University of Copenhagen, 2013

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012

Premier's Discovery Award for the Social Sciences, 2009

Trudeau Foundation Fellow, 2005

President, American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy, 2004–06

Relevant Publications

Kymlicka, W. "Neoliberal Multiculturalism?" In Social Resilience in the Neo-Liberal Era, edited by Peter A. Hall and Michèle Lamont, 99–125. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Donaldson, S., and W. Kymlicka. Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Johnston, R. et al. "National identity and support for the welfare state." Can. J. Polit. Sci. 43, no. 02 (June 2010): 349–77.

Kymlicka, W. "The Multicultural Welfare State?" In Successful Societies: How Institutions and Culture Affect Health, edited by Peter A. Hall and Michèle Lamont, 226–53. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Kymlicka, W. Politics in the Vernacular: Nationalism, Multiculturalism and Citizenship. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Kymlicka, W. Multicultural citizenship: a liberal theory of minority rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Kymlicka, W. Finding Our Way: Rethinking Ethnocultural Relations in Canada. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Kymlicka, W. Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Kymlicka, W. Liberalism, Community and Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.