Geoff Sigalet is a Fellow at Stanford University’s Constitutional Law Center for the 2016-17 academic year and a PhD. candidate in Public Law and Political Theory in the Princeton department of Politics.
Geoff’s doctoral dissertation is titled “Dialogue and Domination: A Theory of Judicial Review”. It justifies the institutions and practices of ‘weak’ or ‘dialogic’ judicial review in terms of the three core concepts of neo-republican political theory: freedom as non-domination, the mixed constitution, and the contestatory citizenry. It then uses this theory to analyse the institutional forms and practices of judicial review in three constitutional contexts thought to feature forms of ‘dialogic’ judicial review: New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Geoff is also co-editing (with Gregoire Webber and Rosalid Dixon) a volume called Constitutional Dialogue: Democracy, Rights, Institutions, which is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.In addition to research concerning constitutionalism, he maintains a keen research interest in the History of Political Thought and serves as an Associate Editor of Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy. He has also written about Canadian constitutional politics for the National Post and Policy Options.
Geoff earned his MA from McGill University (2011), writing his thesis on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and Politics under the supervision of Prof. Christina Tarnopolsky. At McGill he was a fellow of the McGill Research Group on Constitutional Studies. Geoff earned his BA (Hons) in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Alberta (2009). During the summer of 2008 Geoff worked for Canadian Federal and Provincial Interests in Washington D.C. as the research assistant to former Ambassador Paul Frazer. He is an active member of both the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA).