Avia Pasternak



Associate Professor




  • DPhil in Politics (University of Oxford) 2007
  • MA in Politics (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 2003
  • BA in Politics and the Interdisciplinary Honours Program (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 2000

Avia Pasternak’s research focuses on questions of political philosophy and public affairs. She writes on collective responsibility in democracies, on the duties of citizens in unjust democracies, and on the permissibility of violent protest.

Before coming to the University of Toronto, she was an associate professor in Political Theory in the Department of Political Science, University College London (UCL), having joined UCL in 2014. Before that she worked as a lecturer at the University of Essex, in the Politics Department, and held postdoctoral positions at Stanford University and UCL. She earned her DPhil in Politics from Oxford University, where she studied at Nuffield College.

Her book, Responsible Citizens, Irresponsible States: Should Citizens Pay for Their States’ Wrongdoings?, was published with Oxford University Press (2021).

You can listen to her talking about this book in the New Books in Philosophy podcast.


Teaching in 2022-2023

PHLB17 Introduction to Political Philosophy

PHLD78 Advanced Seminar in Political Philosophy

Research Interests:

Political Philosophy


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