- Dr Mihaela Mihai
- Senior Lecturer in Political Theory
- 3F1 room 3.21 18 Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK
- +44 (0)1316506636
- Research Interests
- Critical Social and Political Theory, Arts and politics, Architecture and political theory, Political emotions, Political memory and historical injustice, Comparative constitutionalism, gender, Theories of democracy
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- Tuesday 3-5 pm
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.
Topics interested in supervising
I work in contemporary political theory. I am particularly interested in supervising students working on topics related to democratic theory, theories of oppression, political memory, art and politics, political emotions, gender, transitional justice and historical injustice.
If you are interested in being supervised by Mihaela Mihai, please see the links below for more information: