Margaret Kohn

Margaret Kohn

Department Chair
Highland Hall-HL556
(416) 287-7308

Research Interests: 

  • Urban Theory
  • Social Justice
  • Contemporary Political Thought

Awards and Grants: 

  • 2008 Connaught New Faculty Matching Grant.
  • 2014 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant
  • 2016 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connections Grant



  • Margaret Kohn, The Death and Life of the Urban Commonwealth  (Oxford University Press 2016).
    • Winner of the Judd Award, Best Book in Local and Urban Politics, 2017
    • Winner of the Easton Award, Best Book, Foundations of Political theory section, American Political Science Association, 2017


Margaret Kohn, “Parks and Refs:  Community, Solidarity and Public Space,” Contemporary Political Theory 15.4 (2016): 446-452

Margaret Kohn, “The Critique of Possessive Individualism: Solidarism and the City,” Political Theory 44.5 (2016): 603-628.

  • Margaret Kohn, “What is Wrong With Gentrification?” Urban Research and Practice 6:3 (2013).
  • Margaret Kohn, “Postcolonialism and Global Justice,” Journal of Global Ethics 9:2 (2013): 187-200.
  • Margaret Kohn, “Privatization and Protest: Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Toronto, and the Occupation of Public Space in a Democracy,” Perspectives on Politics,” 11:1 (2013): 99-110.

Teaching Interests: 

  • POLB30H3 Law, Justice and Rights
  • POLB70H3 Classic Texts in Political Theory I
  • POLB71H3 Classic Texts in Political Theory II
  • POLC37H3 Global Justice
  • POLD70H3 Topics in Political Theory