Russell Muirhead

Academic Appointments

Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics
Co-Director, Political Economy Project

Mailing address: Department of Government HB 6108, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH 03755

Silsby 115
HB 6108
Manchester Central High School
A.B. Harvard University
B.A. Oxford University
Ph.D. Harvard University

Selected Publications

Conspiracy and the Undoing of Democracy 2021, with Nancy L. Rosenblum, The Constitutionalist, April 14, 2021

“Anthony Downs: An Economic Theory of Democracy,” in Jacob Levy ed., The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Political Theory, (Online publication: Sept 2020), at DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198717133.013.32

“The Political Theory of Parties and Partisanship: Catching Up,” with Nancy L. Rosenblum, The American Review of Political Science, 2020. Vol 23, 95-110.

“Will the Election of 2020 Prove To Be the End or a New Beginning?” With Jeffrey K. Tulis. Polity vol. 52, no. 1, Symposium on the Challenge Facing Democrats. Published online May 27, 2020.

Resisting Abusive Legalism: Electoral Fairness and the Partisan Commitment to Political Pluralism,” with Lise Esther Herman, Representation: A Journal of Representative Democracy, published online 8 April 2020

A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy, Princeton University Press 2019; Paperback edition, with new foreword by the authors, 2020.

Muirhead, R., Rosenblum, N.L., Landauer, M. et al. Conspiracism and Delegitimation. Contemp Polit Theory 19, 142–174 (2020).

“The Logic of Politics,” art of “Critical Exchange: Political and Ethical Action in the Age of Trump,” with Jennifer Rubenstein, Suzanne Dovi, Erin R. Pineda, Deva Woodly, Alexander S. Kirshner, and Loubna L. Amine, Contemporary Political Theory (2018),

“The New Conspiracists,” with Nancy L. Rosenblum, Dissent, Democracy in Crisis issue, Winter 2018, 51-60

The best book on the Trump presidency was published 30 years ago, and Princeton University Press reissued it in a 2017 paperback with a new afterword by the author: Jeffrey K. Tulis, The Rhetorical Presidency. Buy it here. Read my Foreword to the 2017 edition here.

“Partisan Justification,” Political Theory, Review Symposium on Partisanship, 47 (2019): 82-89;

Rhapsody in Blue and Red, an interview with Russell Muirhead by Peter M. Robinson, Hoover Digest, 2017 #3

“The Epistemic Basis for Political Opposition: Rejoinder to Min,” Critical Review, 28:3-4 (2016) 412-419, DOI: 1080/08913811.2016.1239808

Review, Daniel Schlozman, When Movements Anchor Parties: Electoral Alignments in American History, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Volume 47, Number 2, Autumn 2016, 239-41.

Critical Dialogue with Prof. Hans Noel including review Political Ideologies and Political Parties in America, and my response to his review of The Promise of Party, in Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 4, No. 3, (September 2016) 847-51.

 “Speaking Truth to Conspiracy: Partisanship and Trust,” with Nancy L. Rosenblum, Critical Review Vol 28, No. 1, (2016) 23-88.

"The Uneasy Place of Parties in the Constitutional Order," with Nancy L. Rosenblum, The Oxford Handbook on the U.S. Constitution, Mark Graber, Sanford Levinson, and Mark Tushnet, eds., Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. 217-240.

“Finding the Center,” in Solutions to Political Polarization in America, Nathaniel Persily, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp. 230-239.

“Assessment, Proportionality, and Justice in War,” with B.J. Strawser, in Leo J. Blanken, Hy Rothstein and Jason J. Lepore, eds., Assessing War: The Challenge of Measuring Success and Failure, Georgetown University Press, 2015, pp. 255-265.

The Promise of Party in a Polarized Age (Harvard University Press, 2014)

"“The Politics of Getting It Right,” Critical Review 26, nos. 1-2 (2014): 115-28; for symposium on Helene Landemore’s Democratic Reason

 “The Political Virtue,” review essay, Tulsa Law Review 49, no. 2 (Winter 2013): 251-265.

“The Case for Partisan Loyalty,” in NOMOS LII: Loyalty edited by Sanford Levinson, Joel Parker, and Paul Woodruff, NYU Press, 2013.

"The Ethics of Exit: Moral Obligation in the Afghan Endgame," in Hy S. Rothstein, and John Arquilla eds., Afghan Endgames, (Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2012).

"Meaningful Work and Politics,” The Hedgehog Review, fall 2012, pp. 21-29.


“The Partisan Connection,” with Nancy L. Rosenblum, California Law Review Circuit, Vol 3 (March 2012), 99-112.

"The Ancients Among Us," The University of Texas Law Review 89 no. 3 (February 2011) 671-686.

“The Work Ethic,” in Endangered Virtues, Peter Berkowitz, ed. Online volume available at; Stanford University Press, 2011.

“Can Deliberative Democracy Be Partisan?” Critical Review 22:2 (2010).

“Respectable Partisanship,” in Mary Ann McGrail and Sharon R. Krause, eds., The Arts of Rule: Essays in Honor of Harvey C. Mansfield, (Lexington Books, 2008).

“A Defense of Party Spirit,” Perspectives on Politics, December 2006.


Just Work Harvard University Press, 2004
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