Stephen Macedo

Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values

Princeton University
304 Marx Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544

Stephen Macedo joined the faculty of the Princeton University in 1999 as Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics. On September 1, 2001, he was appointed director of the University Center for Human Values.

Macedo studies topics in political theory, ethics, American constitutionalism and public policy, with an emphasis on liberalism and its critics, and the roles of civil society and public policy in promoting citizenship. He chairs the Princeton Project on Universal Jurisdiction, which has formulated principles of international law to guide national courts seeking to prosecute human rights violations irrespective of the nationality of the victims or alleged perpetrators. From 1999 through 2001, he served as founding director of Princeton's Program in Law and Public Affairs.

Macedo has taught at Harvard University and at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He earned a bachelor's degree at the College of William and Mary, master's degrees at The London School of Economics and Oxford University, and a master's degree and Ph.D. at Princeton University.

Focus: Development, Globalization, Governance, Human Rights, United Kingdom, United States, Americas, Global

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Stephen Macedo's writings range across the fields of political theory, ethics, American constitutionalism, and public policy, with an emphasis on liberalism and its critics, and the roles of schools, civil society, and public policy in shaping citizens. He is author of Diversity and Distrust: Civic Education in a Multicultural Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2000); Liberal Virtues: Citizenship, Virtue, and Community in Liberal Constitutionalism (Oxford University Press, 1990); and The New Right v. The Constitution (Cato Institute, 1987). His essay, "Homosexuality and the Conservative Mind," (Georgetown Law Review, December 1995), won the Fred L. Berger prize of the American Philosophical Association. Among his edited volumes are Reassessing the Sixties: Debating the Political and Cultural Legacy (W.W. Norton, 1997), Deliberative Politics: Essays on Democracy and Disagreement (Oxford University Press, 1999), and Moral and Political Education, NOMOS XLIII, co-edited with Yael Tamir, (New York University Press, December 2001). He is co-editor, with Walter F. Murphy, James E. Fleming, and Sotirios A. Barber of the forthcoming American Constitutional Interpretation, 3rd ed. (Foundation Press, 2002). His op-eds and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic.


Liberalism and its critics; American constitutionalism; Ethics and public affairs; Citizenship; Rights; Public education policy; Church-state relations; International justice

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Last Updated: Sep 25, 2006

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