Dr Paul Muldoon

Dr Paul Muldoon


Paul Muldoon holds a BA (Hons Politics) and a PhD from Monash University.

He specialises in the field of modern political theory and has an active interest in democratic theory and practice,  political conflict and practices of reconciliation, post colonialism,  the politics of  identity and theories of the emotions.

Dr Muldoon is currently working on two large research projects. The first concerns the way societies come to terms with the past and the significance of practices of public mourning. The second concerns the ‘event of colonisation’ and, more specifically, the events in the colonial history of Australia that are forever revealing new potentialities within the colonial encounter.

Dr Muldoon is currently working with a multi-disciplinary research team funded by the Australian Research Council investigating the forms of resistance which processes of reconciliation have met in South Africa, Northern Ireland and Australia (DP 130101399).


Refereed Articles

  • Muldoon, P.A., 2012,’ The Injustice of Territoriality’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Vol. 15, no.5, pp. 631-645.
  • Muldoon, P.A. , A. Schaap, 2012, ‘Aboriginal sovereignty and the politics of reconciliation: the constituent power of the Aboriginal Embassy in Australia’,Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol 30, no.3 pp. 534-550.
  • Muldoon, P.A., 2009, ‘Past injustices and future protections: On the politics of promising’, Australian Indigenous Law Review [P], vol 13, issue 2, Indigenous Law Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia, pp. 2-17.
  • Muldoon, P.A., 2008, ‘The Moral Legitimacy of Anger’, European Journal of Social Theory, vol 11, issue 3, Sage Publications Ltd., UK, pp. 299-314.
  • Muldoon, P.A., 2008, ‘The Sovereign Exceptions: Colonization and the Foundation of Society’, Social & Legal Studies: an international journal, vol 17, issue 1, Sage Publications Ltd., UK, pp. 59-74.
  • Te Ata O Tu MacDonald, L., Muldoon, P.A., 2006, ‘Globalisation, neo-liberalism and the struggle for indigenous citizenship’, Australian Journal of Political Science, vol 41, issue 2, Routledge, UK, pp. 209-223.
  • Muldoon, P.A., 2005, ‘Thinking responsibility differently: reconciliation and the tragedy of colonisation’, Journal of Intercultural Studies, vol 26, issue 3, Routledge Journals, Abingdon UK, pp. 237-254.
  • Muldoon, P.A., 2003, ‘Reconciliation and political legitimacy: the old Australia and the new South Africa’, Australian Journal of Politics & History, vol 49, issue 2, Blackwell Publishing Asia, Carlton Vic Australia, pp. 182-196.
  • Muldoon, P.A., 2001, ‘Between speech and silence: the postcolonial critic and the idea of emancipation’, Critical Horizons, vol 2, issue 1, Acumen Publishing Ltd, UK, pp. 33-59.

Book Chapters

  • ‘The Constitutional Politics of the Aboriginal Embassy’ in G. Foley, A. Schaap and E. Howell, The Aboriginal Tent Embassy: Sovereignty, Black Power, Land Rights and the State, Routledge, Oxon, 2013. With A. Schaap.
  • ‘Confounded by Recognition’ in A.K. Hirsch (ed.), Theorising Post-Conflict Reconciliation: Agonism, Restitution and Repair‘, Routledge, London and New York, 2012. With A. Schaap
  • ‘”The Very Basis of Civility”: On Agonism, Conquest and Reconciliation’ in W. Kymlicka and B. Bashir (eds.), Reconciliation and Democracy in Multicultural Societies. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2008.
  • ‘Aboriginal Identity, Culture and Art’, Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, 9, 1999, Oxford University Press, 2002. With K. Cregan, D. Cuthbert, S. Lowish, and C. Spark.


Dr Muldoon currently teaches the following undergraduate units:
  • ATS2354 Nature, Law and Revolution: Political Ideas in Context (with Michael Janover)
  • ATS2691  Politics, Violence and Memory
  • ATS3690 Reflections on Humanity: Truth, Freedom and Power (with Michael Janover)

Postgraduate Supervision

Silvio Bonazinga The Idea of Practice in the Political Thought of Michael Oakeshott. Dr Michael Janover and Dr Paul Muldoon
Marina Cominos The Art and Politics of Transfiguration in Nietzsche. Dr Michael Janover and Dr Paul Muldoon
Samantha Balaton-Chrimes

Citizens-Minus: Rights, Recognition and the Nubians of Kenya

Dr Michael Janover and Dr Paul Muldoon