Sean Ingham

Department of Political Science
Assistant Professor

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Department of Political Science

Sean Ingham is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia. He received his A.M. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University and his B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined the faculty at the University of Georgia in August 2012.

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 2012, Political Science
  • A.M., Harvard University 2008, Political Science
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison 2004, Political Science
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He studies political theory with a focus on questions at the intersection of democratic theory and formal political theory. His current projects concern the idea of popular control in representative democracy. His paper, “Social Choice and Popular Control” (forthcoming in Journal of Theoretical Politics) formulates a conception of popular control consistent with insights from social choice theory; his paper, “Popular Rule in Schumpeter’s Democracy” (forthcoming in Political Studies) reexamines Schumpeter’s arguments about the implications of citizen apathy and ignorance for the idea of popular rule.

Areas of Expertise
  • History of modern political thought
  • Democratic theory
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • Senator Charles Sumner Prize, awarded by the Harvard Government Department  for the best dissertation from the legal, political, historical, economic, social, or ethnic approach , dealing with any means or measures tending toward the prevention of war and the establishment of universal peace.
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, 2008-2009.
  • Edmond J. Safra Graduate Fellowship in Ethics, 2009-2010.
  • Justice, Welfare, and Economics Research Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 2008-2009.
  • Graduate Fellowship in Political Economy, awarded by the Harvard Faculty of the Arts and Sciences to support graduate-level study in the Economics Department, 2007-2008.
  • Mellon Fellowship for first-year graduate study, awarded by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 2005-2006.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, UW-Madison, April 2004
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Research Interests
  • Democratic theory
  • Theories of justice
  • Formal political theory
Selected Publications
  • “Disagreement and Epistemic Arguments for Democracy,” Politics, Philosophy & Economics 12(2) (May, 2013): 135-154.
  • “Social Choice and Popular Control,” Journal of Theoretical Politics, forthcoming.
  • “Popular Rule in Schumpeter’s Democracy,” Political Studies, forthcoming.
  • “Theorems and Models in Political Theory: An Application to Pettit on Popular Control,” The Good Society, forthcoming.