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Welcome, and thank you for visiting my website. I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Political ScienceBrown University. For the 2014/15 academic session, I will also serve as a Teaching Fellow within the department.

My Research

My primary research area is in normative democratic theory, specifically in questions concerned with the demands that liberal democratic values place upon the design and function of liberal democratic institutional arrangements and practices.

I am particularly interested in the political role of education within a liberal democratic regime, and in how a liberal civic education can prepare citizens for their political responsibilities while supporting their affirmation of a range of conceptions of the good life. This is the focus of my dissertation, titled: ‘Citizen Craft in the Liberal Regime: a New Perspective on Civic Education for Liberal Democratic Citizenship.’ I expect to defend my dissertation in the Spring of 2015. Read more about my research »

My graduate work at Brown is advised by Corey Brettschneider (chair), Sharon KrauseCharles Larmore (Philosophy department) and Kenneth Wong (Education department).


My prior teaching experience includes service as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Brown, and for two years, as a Senior Instructor in the Young Global Scholars program at Yale University. I also maintain a professional interest in Citizenship and Leadership training, having originated a summer course in the Brown Leadership Institute program, and co-authored a civic education resource package in the UK.

Background and Education

I grew up in the Bridgend region of southern Wales (UK) and am a graduate of Cardiff University (B.A., 2003; M.A., 2006). I have also attained a Master’s Degree at Brown University (2011). Prior to commencing my graduate work at Brown, I served for several years in postgraduate marketing and student recruitment positions at Cardiff. I maintain an interest in the administration and governance of higher education institutions.

Contacting me

I can be reached using the contact form on this site, via linkedin, academia.edu, or by email to lyddonmj@gmail.com.