Melissa Lane is a full professor of politics at Princeton University, a position she has held since 2009. Prior to this, she was a Senior Research Fellow of King's College, Cambridge and Associate Director of their Centre for History and Economics. She was a lecturer at Cambridge from 1994 to 2009.
She graduated from Harvard University 'summa cum laude' with a degree in Social Studies. As a Marshall, Truman, and Phi Beta Kappa scholar, Lane went on to earn an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Cambridge.
- Plato’s Progeny: How Socrates and Plato still captivate the modern mind. Duckworth, 2001. Reviewed in
- Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews,
- Heythrop Journal
- Times Literary Supplement,
- Greece and Rome, '
- Philosophy in Review,
- Review of Politics,
- Method and Politics in Plato's Statesman. Cambridge University Press, 1998. Reviewed in
- Archives de Philosophie,
- Classical Review,
- Classical World
- Greece and Rome
- Heythrop Journal
- Journal of the History of Philosophy,
- Review of Metaphysics
- Greek and Roman Political Ideas (Pelican Books, 2014) ISBN 978-0141976150.
Peer-reviewed journal articles
- "The evolution of eironeia in classical Greek texts: why Socratic eironeia is not Socratic irony", Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 31 (2006) 49-83.
- "Argument and Agreement in Plato’s Crito", History of Political Thought 19:3 (1998) 313-330.
- "The utopianism of Hamilton’s state of needs: on rights, deliberation, and the nature of politics", South African Journal of Philosophy 25 (2006) 207-213.
- "Why History of Ideas At All?", History of European Ideas 28:1-2 (2002) 33-41.
- "States of Nature, Epistemic and Political", Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (1998-1999) 1-24.
- "Plato, Popper, Strauss, and Utopianism: Open Secrets?", History of Philosophy Quarterly 16:2 (April 1999) 119-42
- Fellow of the Royal Historical Society