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Max Waltman’s research addresses fundamental problems in democratic theory related to the meaning of citizenship, equality, and freedom. It is problem-driven and seeks to understand and explain the obstacles and potential for political systems to tackle exploitation, violence, and discrimination productively. His book, published by Oxford University Press (New York, 2021), offers an interdisciplinary analysis of how the explosive spread of pornography contributes to violence against women, including prostitution, and constructs a political theory on how to address the problem consistent with legal free speech guarantees. The research is comparative, situated within politics and gender, political theory, specifically democratic theory, and constitutional, civil, and criminal law and courts. The book was recently reviewed in the prestigious journals of Ethics and in Frontiers of Sociology, respectively.
Waltman’s work appears in Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, Political Research Quarterly, Michigan Journal of International Law, Women’s Studies International Forum, Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice, and Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender, & Society, as well as in other publications. His op-eds have been published in the New York Times, Toronto Star, in Swedish newspapers (e.g., DN, SvD, GP), and various online news sites. Legislative bodies domestically and abroad have consulted him, and he works on policy initiatives with prostitution survivors and feminist groups.
During the academic year 2016–2017, Waltman was a visiting researcher at Harvard University, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. During the academic year 2017–2018, he was a visiting researcher at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). In addition, Waltman has received postdoctoral research funds from the Wenner-Gren Foundations (Sweden) and was awarded the Sweden-America Foundation’s Prins Bertil fellowship 2016. He holds a PhD in political science from Stockholm University.