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Frank Cunningham is emeritus professor of philosophy and political science at the University of Toronto. He was a senior advisor at the University of Toronto's Cities Centre from 2007 until its dissolution in 2013. His principal mandate at that centre was to involve scholars, and teachers of philosophy in particular, and the humanities in general, in the efforts of urbanists from other disciplines. He also helped to organize regular forums on urban issues, bringing together urban activists and university researchers. Professor Cunningham is past president of the Canadian Philosophical Association and served at the U. of T. as chair of the Department of Philosophy, principal of Innis College, and interim director of the Centre for Ethics. He was inducted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1995.
Teaching and research has been in the area of social and political philosophy, with an emphasis in recent years on urban philosophy. His writings in political philosophy have focused on democratic theory and most recently on the views of C.B. Macpherson. Research topics in urban theory have included public space, urban aboriginal challenges, citizenship, and utopian/anti-utopian debates, with special emphasis on the thought of Walter Benjamin. A C.V. and some publications in electronic formats are available at www.frankcunningham.ca.