Garrett Brown

Dr Garrett W Brown

Reader in Political Theory and Global Ethics

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Room: G:51 Elmfield


Dr Garrett Wallace Brown joined the Department in September 2006 from The London School of Economics and Political Science. Between 2002 and 2006 he was a member of the Project on Global Institutional Design at the LSE Centre for Global Governance. He received a BA in Political Science from the University of California Berkeley as well as earning a degree in Legal Studies from the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at UC Berkeley, Boalt School of Law. He earned his MSc and PhD from the Government Department at The London School of Economics and Political Science. His thesis was awarded the LSE McKenzie Prize for Best Dissertation in 2006 and the United Kingdom Political Science Association's Ernest Baker Prize for Best Dissertation in Political Theory in 2006.

Dr Brown's principle research interests include: Normative political theory, Kantian political and legal philosophy, cosmopolitanism, global justice, international and cosmopolitan law, global health policy and governance, humanitarian intervention, the theory and practice of global governance, global food justice, global constitutionalism, health system financing, globalization and health, and issues lying at the interface between political theory and international relations theory.

Professional activities and recognition

  • Faculty Learning and Teaching Award - Teaching Excellence in Social Science, 2015
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Student Union Academic Awards, 2015.
  • Voted Inspirational Teacher, Inspiration and Co, Sheffield Students Union 2012/13.
  • Senate Award for Teaching Excellence: Category of “Rising Star”, University of Sheffield.
  • Sir Ernest Barker Prize in political theory 2006: Political Studies Association UK.
  • Robert McKenzie Prize, 2006: London School of Economics.
  • Departmental Teaching Prize, London School of Economics: 2004, 2005, 2006.

I teach modules relating to contemporary and classical debates in political theory as well as modules that intersect with key themes in global ethics / international law. These modules are directly informed by my research and professional experience; which encompasses law, jurisprudence, global health, global governance, justice, and issues of globalization. I am particularly interested in relating the importance of normative theory to contemporary human concerns and with drawing attention to the global scope of applied political and legal philosophy. I currently teach in four departments (Law, Philosophy, Politics and the School of Health Related Research) and stress the interdisciplinary relevance of political theory.

I have a simple teaching philosophy – I treat my students as intellectuals who have interesting and insightful ideas to bring to the debate. As a result, more times than not, my students rise to the intellectual challenges of normative debate and engage with these debates with vigour and sophistication. I have been awarded seven teaching prizes during my career as a teacher, which reflects my dedication to fostering the intellectual, personal and professional development of my students.

The courses taught by Dr. Brown are:

PhD Supervision

Dr Brown is currently supervising the following PhD projects:

  • ‘Cosmopolitanism and Humanitarian Intervention’ (ESRC)
  • Appeals to Humanity and the Responsibility to Protect (White Rose)
  • Reversing the Causal Arrow: How the International Environment Influences Domestic Structures of States (ESRC)
  • Reexamining Legitimacy and the International System
  • Manifest Failure: Towards an Objective Pillar III Standard (ESRC)
  • Cosmopolitan Harm Considerations by the International Community in the Enactment of the R2P

Dr Brown has successfully supervised these past PhD projects:

  • 'Global Justice and Climate Change Governance', Dr Alix Dietzel.
  • ‘Feminist Cosmopolitanism’, Dr Angie Pepper (AHRC)
  • ‘War, peacekeeping and International Law: Re-examining Justice within International Society’, Dr Alexandra Bohm (ESRC)
  • 'National Identity and Immigration', Dr Clara Sandelind
  • ‘Managing Global Health Priorities: Modalities of Project Management Systems and their Impact on the Effectiveness and Sustainability of Delivering Donor Funded Health Aid,’ Dr Amy Barnes (ESRC-CASE)
  • ‘The International Community and the Responsibility to Protect: The United Nations, Genocide and the Threat to Humanity’ Dr Adrian Gallagher (ESRC)
  • ‘The Dilemma of Justified War,’ Dr Michael Neu (ESRC)
  • ‘Placing Power: Observations from Armed Resistance of Timespace Politics,’ Dr Timothy David Montgomery.
  • ‘Political Theory and Workplace Democracy,’ Dr Olalla Linares Segade.

Dr Brown is keen to supervise promising research students in a range of areas including: Global democratic theory, cosmopolitanism, Kant / Kantianism, global justice, globalization, health and global governance, international relations theory, legal theory, global politics and topics at the interface between International Relations and Political Theory.

  • IDRC/EQUINET Grant: 'The Role of African Actors in Performance-Based Funding Mechanisms in Global Health'
  • Global Justice and Global Health
  • Global Health Diplomacy
  • Cosmopolitan Humanitarian Intervention
  • The role of consultants in health
  • Global Institutions and Responsibility
  • Plurality and Global Justice
  • Global Food Justice

View Dr Brown's full list of publications

Key Publications

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

  • 'Performance Based Funding in Health', Health Ministers Best Practice Forum for Eastern, Central and Southern African Health Community (ECSA-HC), Tanzania.
  • 'Global Health Diplomacy', IDRC/EQUINET, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • ‘The Cosmopolitanization of International Law,’ Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India.
  • ‘Cosmopolitanism in Theory and Practice,’ New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania.
  • ‘The Laws of Hospitality as Transitional Global Justice.’ Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
  • ‘The Constitutionalization of What?’ American University Paris, France.
  • ‘Contextualizing Globalization Through the Study of HIV/AIDS,’ Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Investigating Linkages Between HIV/AIDS, Economic Growth and Globalization, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

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