Michael Hanchard argues that there is no singular scientific method that is the property of democracy. Instead, we should, as WEB Dubois suggests, treat democracy as a problem replete with many possibilities for expansion and contraction, regardless of its normative and conceptual status as an aspiration and ideal type
He is a specialist in comparative politics with particular interest in contemporary political theory, encompassing themes of nationalism, racism, xenophobia and citizenship.
Michael has been a visiting scholar at the WEB DuBois Institute, Harvard University, Universitaria Candido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro, Universidade de Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo, University of Cartagena, Instituto Gramsci, Milan, University of Ghana, Legon, University of Vienna, and Sciences Po in Paris.
He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2021.