Simone Chambers is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of California Irvine. Dr. Chambers is one of the featured speakers at the inaugural Stanfield Conversations: Talking Democracy event - "Democracy on Edge" along with Professor Charles Taylor, an internationally celebrated Canadian philosopher and professor emeritus at McGill University.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Chambers received her BA from McGill University and after a brief turn in Ottawa writing speeches for the Hon. Flora McDonald, earned a PhD in Political Science at Columbia University in the City of New York. Prior to coming to the University of California Irvine, she held Professorships at the University of Colorado Boulder and The University of Toronto as well as Fellowships at the Center for Human Values at Princeton University and the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Oslo. She was the Director of the Center for Ethics while at the University of Toronto. A political philosopher who specializes in democracy studies, Chambers has written extensively on numerous topics, including Canadian constitutional politics, deliberative democracy, public reason, referendums, the digital public sphere, rhetoric, and civility. She is the author of Reasonable Democracy: Jürgen Habermas and the Politics of Discourse (Cornell University Press), as well as co-editor of the collected volumes Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society (Princeton University Press; with Will Kymlicka), Dissent on Core Beliefs (Cambridge University Press; with Peter Nosco), and Deliberation, Democracy, and the Media (Rowman & Littlefield; with Anne Costain). Her current research focuses on the crisis of democracy with special attention to the challenges posed by the digital public sphere to political communication and information. Her new book, The State of Contemporary Democratic Theory, is a critical survey of the ways political philosophy is addressing the democratic crises of our times and will appear with Polity Press in 2022.