Philip Oxhorn

Academic title(s): 


Associate Provost (International), McGill University; Founding Director, Institute for the Study of International Development;
Contact Information

855 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

Email address: 
philip.oxhorn [at]

PhD, Harvard

James Administration Building 429
Areas of interest: 
  • Theories of Civil Society, Democracy and Citizenship
  • The Comparative Study of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Achieving Reconciliation in Theory and Practice
  • The Role of the Private Sector in Achieving Sustainable Development
  • Latin American Comparative Politics
Professional activities: 

Founding Co-Editor-in-Chief, Latin America Research Commons (an open-access press to be launched in 2018 by the Latin American Studies Association)

Current research: 

Recent Grants

  • “The social construction of citizenship rights in new democracies: comparing South Africa and Chile.” (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)
  • “Gender Equality, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Poverty Reduction: Understanding the Links with Economic Growth and Improvements in Household Income” (United Nations Population Fund, with the National University of Ireland, Galway)
  • “Peace and Development: Democratization, Poverty Reduction and Risk Mitigation in Fragile and Post-Conflict States” (International Development Research Centre)
Selected publications: 


Sustaining Civil Society: Economic Change, Democracy and the Social Construction of Citizenship in Latin America (University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011).

Beyond Neoliberalism? Patterns, Responses, and New Directions in Latin America and the Caribbean, contributor and co-editor with Kenneth Roberts and John Burdick (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Decentralization, Democratic Governance, and Civil Society in Comparative Perspective: Africa, Asia, and Latin America. contributor and co-editor with Joseph S. Tulchin, and Andrew D. Selee. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press/the Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.

What Kind of Democracy? What Kind of Market? Latin America in the Age of Neoliberalism. co-editor with G. Ducatenzeiler. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998.

Markets and Democracy in Latin America: Conflict or Convergence? Contributor and Co-editor with Pmela Starr. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner, 1999.

Organizing Civil Society: The Popular Sectors and the Struggle for Democracy in Chile. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

“Canadian Development Policies in a Unipolar World,” in Michael Hawes and Christopher Kirkey, eds., Canadian Foreign Policy in a Unipolar World (Toronto: Cambridge University Press, 2017): 76-96.

“Civil Society from the Inside Out: Community, Organization and the Challenge of Political Influence,” in Roberta Rice and Gordana Yovanovich, eds., Re-Imagining Community and Civil Society in Latin America and the Caribbean (New York: Routledge, 2016): 20-46.

“Latin America’s Elusive Public Sphere,” Current History, 115:778 (February 2016) 43-50.

“Celebrating 75 Years: The Revista Mexicana de Sociologia,” Revista Mexicana de Sociologia suplemento (July, 2015): 39-44.

“Civil Society from the Inside Out: Community, Organization and the Challenge of Political Influence,” Pensamiento Propio 19:40 (Argentina, July-December 2014): 63- 91 reprinted as “La sociedad civil de adentro hacia afuera. Comunidad, organización y desafío de la influencia política,” Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, LIX: 222 (September-December, 2014): 257-278.

“When Everything Seems to Change, Why Do We Still Call It ‘Citizenship?’” in Mario Sznajder, Luis Roniger, Carlos A. Forment,  eds., Shifting Frontiers of Citizenship: The Latin American Experience (Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2013):465-95.

“Collaboration on Global Issues – a Democratic Dividend for Canada and Mexico?” Alex Bugailiskis and Andrés Rozental, eds., Canada Among Nations, 2011-2012: Canada and Mexico's Unfinished Agenda (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012): 242-249 .

“What We Still Need to Know: Why and How People Become Committed Democrats,” in Gary King, Kay Schlozman, and Norman Nie, eds., The Future of Political Science: 100 Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2009): 56-58.

Research areas: 
Comparative Government and Politics