Anna Stilz

Assistant Professor

Princeton University

Assistant Professor Anna Stilz (Ph.D. Harvard, 2005) is a political theorist whose work focuses on the relation between democracy and citizen solidarity. Additional research and teaching interests include history of modern political thought (Hobbes, Rousseau, Kant, Fichte, Hegel); political authority; nationalism; contemporary democratic theory; theories of rights. Professor Stilz's dissertation reconstructs and defends Rousseau’s account of freedom in the democratic state, an account that contains a controversial condition: in order to legislate for one another in a manner that is not dominating, democratic citizens must share a form of solidarity sufficient to motivate them to take one another’s interests into account. The dissertation examines the question of what could provide such solidarity, evaluating contemporary defences of cultural nationalism and constitutional patriotism, and concludes by sketching a view about how democratic unity might be grounded solely in the practice of citizenship. Professor Stilz spent the 2005-2006 academic year as a postdoctoral fellow in the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin.