Professor Alastair Davidson

Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton USA
Wallenberg Professor of Human Rights, Rugers University, NJ - USA 

Short curriculum vitae

Professor Alastair Davidson is currently a Member in the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA, and Professor of Citizenship Studies at the Swinburne University of Technology. In September 2000 he takes up the Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship in Human Rights at the Center for Historical Analysis at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA. Here, he will pursue his study of the significance of notions of honour and vengeance for the new civic virtues required in a globalising world.


Davidson is one of the leading authorities on citizenship studies in Australia and Europe, and through his theoretical and practical work, has been active in the promotion of its core values of democracy and human rights in the Asia-Pacific region. He has been expert advisor to the Commonwealth of Australia on democracy in the region; worked as a visiting professor at the Directorate of Human Rights of the Council of Europe in Strasburg; and acted as a consultant on citizenship to various institutions, including the Australian Consumer Council.


His publications since 1992 include: 

Citizenship and Migration. Globalization and the politics of belonging. (with Stephen Castles) London: Macmillan, 2000

Globalization and Citizenship in the Asia-Pacific. (ed. with Kathleen Weekley) London: Macmillan, 1999

‘Never give in.’ The Italian Resistance and Politics. (ed. with Steven Wright) New York: Peter Lang, 1998

From Subject to Citizen. Australian Citizenship in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,  1997

‘Open Republic, Multiculturalism and Citizenship: The French Debate.’ Theory & Event. vol 3 (2) 1999

‘Never the Twain Shall Meet? Europe, Asia and the Citizen.’ in A. Davidson and K. Weekley (eds) Globalization and Citizenship in the Asia-Pacific. London: Macmillan, 1999

‘Migrants, Citizenship and the New Civics’ in G. Hage & R. Couch (eds) The Future of Australian Multiculturalism. Sydney: Research Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, 1999

‘Fractured identities: Citizenship in a global world’ in E. Vasta (ed.) Citizenship, Community and Democracy. London: Macmillan, 2000

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