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Will Kymlicka Political theorist

Will Kymlicka is 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 Doctorates from the University of Copenhagen and KU Leuven, 2013/ 2014.

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, 2004-2006.

Relevant Publications

R. Johnston et al, "National identity and support for the welfare state," Can. J. Polit. Sci. vol. 43, no. 02, pp. 349-377, June 2010.

W. Kymlicka, "Neoliberal Multiculturalism??" in Peter A. Hall and Michèle Lamont (eds.) Social Resilience in the Neo-Liberal Era (Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 99-125.

W. Kymlicka, "The Multicultural Welfare State?" in Peter A. Hall and Michele Lamont (eds.) Successful Societies: How Institutions and Culture Affect Health (Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 226-253.


S. Donaldson and W. Kymlicka, Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

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

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

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

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

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



Senior Fellow Successful Societies


Queen's UniversityPhilosophy Department


PhD (Philosophy) Oxford University

BA (Philosophy and Politics) Queen's University



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