Institute for Social Justice

  • Our Researchers

    Professor Nikolas Kompridis

    Political philosophy, critical theory, normativity, receptivity, theories of freedom and agency, rethinking human/nonhuman relationships in the anthropocene, secularism, romanticism, pragmatism, philosophy of art, literature, film and music

    Professor Allison Weir

    Social and political philosophy, feminist theory, gender/ sexuality/race/class studies, critical theory, theories of freedom, social identities, agency and solidarity, religion and secularism, care as a global issue, indigenous, Africana and Asian philosophies

    Professor Romand Coles

    Contemporary political theory, continental and critical philosophy, radical democratic theory, receptive generosity, dialogical ethics, religion, secularism and pluralisation; ecological thought and transformative action in the face of planetary catastrophe; social movements, protest and broad-based political organising; democratic educational transformation for common wealth; action research and pedagogy; aesthetics and politics; and critical cosmopolitanism from below.

    Associate Professor Emilian Kavalski

    European politics, International Theory, Asian affairs, the encounter of International Relations with life in the Anthropocene, nascent Asian normative orders, Complexity Thinking

    Dr Magdalena Zolkos

    Historical justice, memory, reconciliation; the aesthetics and ethics of memorialization; cultural and psychoanalytic theory of trauma; affect and emotions; violence and non-violence; subjectivity / inner life in politics of oppression and liberation; literature and film in political theory

    Dr Lia Haro

    Cultural anthropology, social theory, Utopian social imaginary, contemporary international development theory, ethnography, ecological sciences and social justice.

    Dr Kiran Grewal

    Postcolonial and subaltern studies, socio-legal studies, critical legal theory, human rights, critical development studies, international justice, new theories of resistance, intersectionality

    Dr Naser Ghobadzadeh

    Political theology, Islamic social justice, Middle East, Iran, Islamic state, political Islam, secularism and religion-state relations, comparative politics, democratisation theories

  • Professorial Fellows

    Professor Linda Martin Alcoff

    Professor of Philosophy, Hunter College, CUNY Graduate Center

    19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Foucault, Epistemology, Feminist Epistemology, Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, Post-Colonial Theory

    Professor Rajeev Bhargava

    Professor and Director, Institute of Indian Thought, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi

    Secularisms, Political Theory, Indian Politics and Political Thought, Democracy and Diversity, Methodological Individualism

    Professor Akeel Bilgrami

    Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University

    Political philosophy, Moral Psychology, Philosophy of Mind and Language Secularism, Muslim Identity, Gandhi, Marx, Human and Non-human Relations

    Professor Joseph Carens

    Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

    Justice, Equality, and Freedom; Migration, Citizenship and Borders; Ethnic and Cultural Diversity

    Professor Jennifer Nedelsky

    Professor of Law and Political Science, University of Toronto

    Feminist Theory, Legal Theory, American Constitutional History and Interpretation, Comparative Constitutionalism, Relational Autonomy

    Professor Costas Douzinas

    Director, Birbeck Institute for the Humanities

    Professor of Law at Birbeck College, University of London 

    Human Rights, Aesthetics, Cultural Jurisprudence, Postmodern Legal Theory and Political Philosophy.

    Professor Jacqueline Rose

    Professor of Humanities, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck, London

    Psychoanalysis, Feminism, Modern Literature and the Politics, History and Writing of Israel-Palestine

    Professor Paul Apostolidis

    Professor and T. Paul Chair of Political Science, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, USA

    Critical Theory, Migrant Workers, Neoliberalism, Time and Temporality, Cultural Studies, US Latino Poltiics, Methods Integrating Theoretical and Empirical Inquiries


    Professor Jeanne Morefield