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Centre Members

Tony Burns

Tony Burns

Associate Professor, School of Politics and International Relations

I have a long-standing interest in the Aristotelian tradition, particularly Aristotle's conception of natural law and its impact on later philosophy and political thought, especially on the ideas of Hegel and Marx. I also have an interest in utopian political thought and literature. I am currently writing a book about the politics of recognition in the history of political thought, before and after Hegel.

 

Ben Holland

Ben Holland

Co-director, Associate Professor of International Relations, School of Politics and International Relations

I came to Nottingham in 2010. I’m an historian of political thought. My research is concerned with the intellectual history of the modern European state and the sense that writers have tried to make of the state by appealing to different analogies, such as ‘the self’ or God. I am the author of two monographs on this broad subject: The Moral Person of the State: Pufendorf, Sovereignty and Composite Polities (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and Self and City in the Thought of Saint Augustine (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

 

Mat Humphrey

Mat Humphrey

Professor of Political Theory, School of Politics and International Relations

My main research interests are in environmental political theory and political ideologies. I am currently on a Leverhulme Research Fellowship looking at the ideologies of Riders’ Rights Organisations, and at how they look to mobilise their constituency to become politically active. My second current strand of work is on public attitudes to carbon capture and storage, working with citizen focus groups, which is part of a Europe-wide research project involving sites in the UK, Spain, Italy, and The Netherlands.

 

Zach Hoskins

Zachary Hoskins

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

My research and teaching interests are in moral, political, and legal philosophy, in particular the philosophy of the criminal law. My book, Beyond Punishment? A Normative Account of the Collateral Legal Consequences of Conviction, was published by Oxford University Press in 2019.

 

Gulshan Khan

Gulshan Khan

Lecturer, School of Politics and International Relations

My research interests cover Habermasian political thought, post-structuralism, the work of Oakeshott, and republican political theory. I am currently writing a book critiquing the rational self-interested subject of liberal political discourse, provisionally entitled: Agency: The Subject of Politics.

 

Ian Kidd

Ian Kidd

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

I’m mainly interested in epistemic oppression and injustice – the ways that distorted knowledge practices can contribute to the oppression of certain social groups – and to the role of epistemic vices, like arrogance and dogmatism, in political and public debate.

 

Adam Lindsay

Adam Lindsay

Assistant Professor in Political Theory, School of Politics and International Relations

I am a political theorist and historian of political thought, with interests in constitutionalism, collective identity and democratic agency. I have published work on Thomas Hobbes and Hannah Arendt, and I am currently preparing a book on the concept of constituent power. 

 

Helen McCabe

Helen McCabe

I joined Nottingham in September 2017. Currently, I lead the interdisciplinary Forced Marriage Project at the University of Nottingham's Rights Lab Beacon of Excellence. I am working on conceptual analysis of the links between forced and servile marriage and slavery, using historical analyses by 19th century feminists as a starting point.

My D.Phil thesis looked at J.S. Mill's surprising claim to be a socialist: I completed it in 2010. Since then, I have been teaching analytical political theory and the history of political thought at the University of Oxford (2010-2013) and the University of Warwick (2013-2017), working on the book manuscript of my doctorate, publishing articles on Mill's socialism, and working on a project concerning his authorial relationship with Harriet Taylor Mill.

I am also part of the “All in!” project on regularising ethnic, and female, presence in our curriculum. I am interested in the challenges this presents for historians of political thought, and in developing a robust methodology for diversifying our curricula.

 

Chris Pierson

Chris Pierson

Professor of Politics, School of Politics and International Relations

I joined the school in 1996, having previously taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Cardiff and Stirling. I have  recently completed,for Oxford University Press, Just Property, a three-volume history of the idea of private property (2013, 2016, 2020).

 

Matthew Rendall

Matthew Rendall

Centre Director; Lecturer, School of Politics and International Relations

I have articles forthcoming on the non-identity problem in the Journal of Political Philosophy, and on climate change and intergenerational equity in Political Studies. I'm also interested in lotteries, contractualism and aggregation, the precautionary principle, and nuclear deterrence.

 

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David Stevens

Associate Professor, School of Politics and International Relations

I have been lecturing in political theory at Nottingham since 2000. My interests relate mainly to questions about religion: the place of religion in politics, public life, education and schooling, and the choices individuals make. My work spans normative political theory (of the Rawlsian analytical tradition) and rational choice theory. I have written and published on religious markets and individual religious choices, social justice, the ethics of information technology, and educational justice. I am now working on a book about moral and religious education in schools.

 

Sareh Pouryousefi

Sareh Pouryousefi

Assistant Professor, Business School

I joined the Business School at the University of Nottingham in 2016. My areas of research interest are business ethics, professional ethics, and political philosophy, with a particular focus on normative issues. My published work is on the normative foundations of economic theory and I’m currently writing about professionalism and trust.

 

Aness Webster

Aness Webster

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. My research interest is in value theory, broadly construed. I’m particularly interested in the lessons we can learn from different branches of normativity (ethics, rationality, epistemology, logic, and the law) as well as action theory.

I’ve also developed an interest in social philosophy (including philosophy of race and philosophy of disability).

 

Chris Woodard

Chris Woodard

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

I came to Nottingham in 2002. I have recently completed a book on utilitarianism (Taking Utilitarianism Seriously, Oxford University Press, 2019), and I am currently working on utilitarianism and moral and political virtues

 

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