Daniel Nichanian


Senior Research Fellow, The Justice Collaborative

Editor, The Appeal: Political Report

I’m a senior fellow at The Justice Collaborative, and I’m the editor of The Appeal: Political Report, which covers the local politics of criminal justice reform and mass incarceration. I research and write on criminal justice, prosecutors, local elections, and voting rights.

I received a PhD in political theory  in 2016 from the Political Science Department of the University of Chicago, where I worked on democratic theory, contemporary political theory. My research and writings have appeared in Philosophy & Rhetoric, Syndicate Theology, The Appeal, The New York Times, The Atlantic, DemocracyFiveThirtyEight, Daily Kos Elections, The New York Daily News, The Daily Beast, and Vox.

My book manuscript, Seizing a Seat at the Table: Participatory Politics in the Face of Disqualification, examines how people act to participate in the business of government in contexts where they are not recognized as having the requisite qualifications so. It reconstructs the misunderstood logic of sociopolitical movements—like those of 1870s American suffragists or 1980s AIDS activists—that persist in contributing their views to domains marked by technical expertise, such as constitutional interpretation and scientific decision-making.