Michael MacKenzie

  • Associate Professor

Michael K. MacKenzie’s research interests include democratic theory, intergenerational relations, deliberation, Canadian politics, environmental policy, political representation, institutional design, and public engagement.

Professor MacKenzie holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia (2013) and a Master’s degree in Political Science and Social Statistics from McGill University (2006). In 2006-07 he worked as a policy analyst and facilitator with the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform. Before coming to the University of Pittsburgh he was a Democracy Fellow and post-doctoral researcher at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of British Columbia, 2013

Representative Publications

MacKenzie, M. K. (2021). Future Publics: Democracy, Deliberation, and Future-Regarding Collective Action. New York: Oxford University Press.

Fournier-Tombs, E. & MacKenzie, M. K. ( 2021). ‘Big Data and Democratic Speech: Predicting Deliberative Quality using Machine Learning Techniques.’ Methodological Innovations.

MacKenzie, M. K., & Caluwaerts, D. (2021). 'Paying for the Future: Deliberation and Support for Climate Action Policies.' Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning. 

MacKenzie, M. K. (2021). ‘There is No Such Thing as a Short-Term Issue.’ Futures 125 (Article 102652),  

Moore, A., & MacKenzie, M.K. (2020). ‘Policymaking During Crises: How Diversity and Disagreement Can Help Manage the Politics of Expert Advice.’ The British Medical Journal. 371(m4039). 

MacKenzie, M. K. (2020) 'Democratic Philanthropy.’ Contemporary Political Theory. Online First.

MacKenzie, M. K. & Moore, A. (2020) 'Democratic Non-Participation.’ Polity 52(3): 430–459. (Winner of the 2020 Polity Prize and the 2017 Best Paper Award at the Pennsylvania Political Science Association Annual Conference.)

Loewen, P. & MacKenzie, M. K. (2019) 'Service Representation in a Federal System: A Field Experiment.' Journal of Experimental Political Science 6(2):  93-107.

MacKenzie, M. K. (2018) ‘Deliberation and Long-Term Decisions: Representing Future Generations.’ In Bächtiger, A., J.S. Dryzek, J.Mansbridge, and M.E. Warren (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

MacKenzie, M. K. (2016). ‘Institutional Design and Sources of Short-Termism.’ In A. Gosseries & I. González-Ricoy (Eds.), Political Institutions for Future Generations. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

MacKenzie, M. K. (2016). ‘A General-Purpose Randomly Selected Second Chamber.’ In A. Gosseries & I. González-Ricoy (Eds.), Political Institutions for Future Generations. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Runacres, I., & MacKenzie, M. K. (2015). ‘Classical Allusion in Modern British Political Cartoons.’ In G. Kovacs & C.W. Marshall (Eds.), Son of Classics and Comics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Thomas, P. E. J., Loewen, P. J., & MacKenzie, M. K. (2013). ‘Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Constituency Population and the Quality of Representation in Canada.’ Canadian Journal of Political Science, 46 (2), 273-293

O'Doherty, K., MacKenzie, M. K., Badulescu, D., & Burgess, M. M. (2013). ‘Explosives, Genomics, and the Environment: Conducting Public Deliberation on Topics of Complex Science and Social    Controversy.’ Sage Open, 3, 1-16

MacKenzie, M. K., & Warren, M. E. (2012). ‘Two Trust-Based Uses of Minipublics in Democratic Systems.’ In J. Parkinson & J. Mansbridge (Eds.), Deliberative Systems: Deliberative Democracy at the Large Scale. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

MacKenzie, M. K., & O'Doherty, K. (2011). ‘Deliberating Future Issues: Minipublics and Salmon Genomics.’ Journal of Public Deliberation, 7 (1), Article 5 pp. 1-27.

Research Interests

Democratic Theory
Intergenerational Relations
Canadian Politics
Environmental Policy
Political Representation
Institutional Design
Public Engagement


Area of Study