Eric MacGilvray

Eric MacGilvray

Eric MacGilvray

COMPAS Coordinator; Associate Professor of Political Science; Chair, Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) major

(614) 292-3710

2026 Derby Hall
154 N Oval Mall
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Modern & Contemporary Liberal Theory
  • Modern & Contemporary Democratic Theory
  • American Pragmatism
  • History of Political Thought


  • Ph.D. University of Chicago (Political Science)
  • M.A. University of Chicago (Political Science)
  • A.B. Princeton University (Politics)

Eric MacGilvray is a founding member of the Center for Ethics and Human Values, a member of its Steering Committee, and is coordinator of the 2020-21 COMPAS program on COVID-19, as well as past COMPAS programs on What Is America? (2019-20) and Religion & Public Life (2017-18).  An Associate Professor of Political Science as well as chair of the steering committee for the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) undergraduate major, MacGilvray has research and teaching interests in modern and contemporary political thought, with an emphasis on liberal, republican and democratic theory, and the pragmatic philosophical tradition. He is the author of The Invention of Market Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Reconstructing Public Reason (Harvard University Press, 2004). His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Theory, Social Philosophy and Policy, and a number of other journals. He is currently working on a book entitled Liberal Freedom, which will be published by Cambridge University Press.