- Dr Mihaela Mihai
- Senior Lecturer in Political Theory
Politics and International Relations
School of Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh
3F1 room 3.21
18 Buccleuch Place
- +44 (0)1316506636
Critical Social and Political Theory Arts and politics gender Architecture and political theory Political emotions Political memory and historical injustice Comparative constitutionalism
PIR Dissertation Convener MA and Msc
- 2009 PhD, the University of Toronto, Toronto (Canada).
- 2004 MA, University of Manchester, Manchester (United Kingdom).
My research interests cut across political theory, political science and law. More precisely, I am interested in political emotions, political judgment, the politics of memory, art and politics, gender, and theories of oppression.
Before coming to Edinburgh, I was appointed as the 50th Anniversary Lecturer in Politics at the University of York. Previously, I spent one year as a researcher at the Centre for Research in Ethics at the University of Montreal, Canada and two years at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal.
I am currently the principal investigator of an European Research Council Starting Grant, entitled: Illuminating the 'Grey Zone': Addressing Complex Complicity in Human Rights Violations.
- 2016 Monograph Negative Emotions and Transitional Justice. Columbia University Press. Book page.
- 2015 Co-edited book (with Albena Azmanova): Reclaiming Democracy: Judgment, Responsibility and the Right to Politics. Routledge NY. Series: Advances in Democratic Theory. Book page.
- 2014 Co-edited book (with Mathias Thaler). Title: On the Uses and Abuses of Political Apologies. Palgrave. Series: Rhetoric, Politics and Society. Book page.
- 2018 "Understanding complicity: Memory, hope and the imagination" forthcoming in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.
- 2017 "Epistemic Marginalisation and the Seductive Power of Art", online first in Contemporary Political Theory (https://doi-org.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/10.1057/s41296-017-0186-z)
- 2016 "Theorizing Change: Between Reflective Judgment and the Inertia of Political Habitus", European Journal of Political Theory (15):1, pp. 22-42.
- 2014 “Denouncing Historical ‘Misfortunes’: From Passive Injustice to Reflective Spectatorship,” Political Theory 42, pp. 443–467.
- 2014 “Theorizing Agonistic Emotions,” Parallax 20(2), pp. 31–48.
- 2013 “When the State Says ‘Sorry’: State Apologies as Exemplary Political Judgments,” Journal of Political Philosophy 21(2), pp. 200–220.
- 2011 “Socialising Negative Emotions: Transitional Criminal Trials in the Service of Democracy,” Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 31(1), pp. 111–131.
- 2011 “Emotions and Criminal Law,” Philosophy Compass, 6(9), pp. 599–610.
- 2010 “Transitional Justice and the Quest for Democracy: A Contribution to a Political Theory of Democratic Transformations,” Ratio Juris. An International Journal in Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law 23(2), pp. 183–204.
- 2010 “Public Negative Emotions and the Judicial Review of Transitional Justice Bills: Lessons from Three Contexts,” Papeles del Centro de Estudios sobre la Identidad Colectiva 60, pp. 1–29.
- 2010 “Julgamentos penais em períodos de transição e o desafio das emoções: histórias de dois países” (“Criminal Trials in Periods of Transition and the Challenge of Emotions: Stories from Two Countries”) Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais 88, pp. 155–184.
- 2006 “Democracy and Criminal Law Rights” Central European University Graduate Political Science Journal 1(2), (2006), pp. 22–28.
- 2017 Forthcoming co-edited (with M. Thaler) special issue of Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. Title: "Violence and the Imagination: The Politics of Narrative and Representation." Co-authored the Introduction to the Special Issue.
- 2017 Critical Exchange (with M. Thaler and V. Paipais) in Contemporary Political Theory. Title: "Ontology, Critique and Democracy"
- 2013 Co-editor and author of the Introduction to the special number of e-cadernos 16: "The Xenophobic Manipulation of Women's Rights". Web: http://www.ces.uc.pt/e-cadernos/pages/en/index.php?lang=EN. Author of the “Introduction” to special number “The Xenophobic Manipulation of Women's Rights.” Web: http://www.ces.uc.pt/e-cadernos/media/ecadernos16/Introduction.pdf.
- 2010 Issue Editor, "Contemporary Trends in Political Theory," Central European University Graduate Political Science Journal, Vol. 5, Issue 1, (September 2010).
- 2013 “Apology,” Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy: http://www.iep.utm.edu/apology/
- 2018 "From Hate to Political Solidarity: The Art of Responsibility" in Thomas Brudholm and Birgitte Schepelern Johansen, Hate, Politics, Law, forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
- 2015 "Introduction" (with Albena Azamanova) in Albena Azmanova and Mihaela Mihai, Reclaiming Democracy: Judgment, Responsibility and the Right to Politics (Routledge).
- 2014 “Democratic ‘Sacred Spaces’: Public Architecture and Transitional Justice,” in Nir Eisikovitz, Claudio Corradetti and Jack Volpe Rotondi (eds.), Theorizing Transitional Justice (Ashgate).
- 2014 "Introduction" (with Mathias Thaler) in Mihaela Mihai and Mathias Thaler (eds.), On the Uses and Abuses of Political Apologies. Palgrave.
- 2016 Truth Commissions: Memory, Power, and Legitimacy, Onur Bakiner. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), Perspectives on Politics, vol 14, no. 4, pp. 2-3.
- 2014 Philosophical Dimensions of Human Rights: Some Contemporary Views edited by Claudio Corradetti (Springer, 2012), Nordic Journal of Human Rights Vol. 32, no. 1.
- 2014 Sing the rage: Listening to anger after mass violence Sonali Chakravarti (Chicago University Press), Contemporary Political Theory, advance online publication 28 October 2014; doi: 10.1057/cpt.2014.46.