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Carole Pateman

Honorary Professor

School of Law and Politics


Professor Carole Pateman was an Honorary Professor from 2002-5 and a Research Professor from 2002-7. Carole Pateman is recognized as one of the world's leading political theorists. Her research and publications have explored a wide range of social and political questions and issues, both historical and current. Democratic theory and questions about citizenship, including political obligation, have been abiding concerns from her doctoral dissertation onward. Feminist political theory has been another major area of Professor Pateman's work during the past twenty years. She has made a profound difference in the way the relationship of gender to politics is analyzed, both historically and in contemporary life. She has recently developed an interest in political theorists' contribution to the debate about the status of animals. Professor Pateman has written four books, co-edited four volumes of essays, and made numerous contributions to scholarly journals. Her first book, Participation and Democratic Theory, has been reprinted 19 times and is considered by many to be the definitive exploration of participatory democracy. Her most recent book is Contract and Domination, co authored with Charles Mills.

In 1988-89 she became the inaugural holder of the Kirsten Hesselgren Professorship of the Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In 1990 she took her present position in the Department of Political Science at UCLA. Professor Pateman has been active in the International Political Science Association, and in 1991 she was elected its President -- the first woman to hold the position. In 1993-94 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996. She has also served as a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia (1996), and a Fellow at the University of Manchester (1997). From 1993-2000 she was an Adjunct Professor at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the Australian National University in 1998. Professor Pateman has presented several prestigious public lectures, including the Jefferson Memorial Lectures at UC Berkeley (1985), the Sir Douglas Robb Lectures at the University of Auckland, New Zealand (1993), the John Rees Memorial Lecture at the University of Wales (1995), and the Gunnar Myrdal Lecture at the University of Stockholm, Sweden (1996) and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2007. She was awarded the Political Studies Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.

In March 2010, Professor Pateman was awarded the title of Academician of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK. 56 Scholars were elected to the Academy from across the Social Sciences.