Luke Ulas cms 2019Dr Luke Ulas

Lecturer in Political Theory

Contact Details:
Telephone:0114 222 1656
Room: G51
Feedback and Consultation Hours: Wednesdays 12pm - 1pm, Thursdays 9am - 10am.


I joined the Department of Politics in September 2017. I did my undergraduate degree in Philosophy, also at the University of Sheffield, before completing an MA in Global Ethics at King's College London and a PhD in Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to returning to Sheffield, I held postdoctoral positions at Goethe University Frankfurt (with the 'Justitia Amplificata' programme) and Durham University.

I have research interests in the political theory of cosmopolitanism and global political theory more widely, as well as in methodological questions in political theory.


It is a continual privilege to be able to discuss matters of political theory with my students. A major goal, as I see it, in teaching political theory is to contribute to the development of students’ ability and motivation to engage with society’s political issues insightfully, productively, even-handedly, and critically.

In the 2018-19 academic year I am module leader for the first-year course Introduction to Western Political Thought, and will also teach the third-year course Justice in World Politics.


My research to date has focused primarily on global political theory, and in particular the normative theory of cosmopolitanism. Alongside this, I have also developed an interest in the relevance of human nature and political psychology to the practice of normative political theory. I am now beginning work on a book manuscript that combines these two interests, provisionally entitled Human Nature and Cosmopolitics.


‘Legitimacy, Metacoordination and Context-Dependence’, International Theory 11(1) (2019): 81-109. (Co-authored with Pietro Maffettone).

'Institutionalising Kant's Political Philosophy: Foregrounding Cosmopolitan Right', European Journal of Political Theory (forthcoming - 'Online First': )

‘Are the People Thinking What Miller’s Thinking?’, in the Critical Exchange 'Who Cares What the People Think? Revisiting David Miller's Approach to Theorising About Justice', Contemporary Political Theory 71(1) (2018): 69-104.

‘Transforming (but not Transcending) the State System? On Statist Cosmopolitanism’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 20(6) (2017): 657-676.

‘Doing Things By Halves: On Intermediary Global Institutional Proposals’, Ethics and Global Politics 9(1) (2016): 1-21.

‘Cosmopolitanism, Self-Interest and World Government’, Political Studies 64(1S) (2016): 105-120.

‘Global Community as a Response to the Cosmopolitan Solidarity Problem’, in Henrik Enroth and Douglas Brommesson (eds.) Global Community? Transnational and Transdisciplinary Exchanges (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015).

‘Miller’s Models and their Applicability to Nations’, Theoria 58(129) (2011): 78–94

PhD Supervision
I would be very happy to supervise theses in the area of cosmopolitanism and global political theory more widely.

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