Dr Matt Sleat
Reader in Political Theory
Telephone: +44 (0)114 22 21692
Room: G.54 Elmfield
Dr. Matt Sleat joined the Department in 2007. He has held visiting fellowships at the Australia National University, Queen Mary University of London, and the University of Oxford, and is currently a research fellow at Kings College London (September 2018 - February 2019).
From 2014-17 he was editor of the European Journal of Political Theory, and since 2017 has been editor of Political Studies with Andrew Hindmoor, Hayley Stevenson and Charles Pattie.
My research largely focuses on the following areas:
At a time of immense political, social and economic uncertainty, both at home and abroad, political theory has an important and distinctive contribution to make both to helping us understand these issues but also in thinking normatively about we should respond to them. Through my teaching I endeavour to provide students with the intellectual tools to think critically, analytically, consistently, but most of all, imaginatively about politics in order to equip them to engage in these discussions. I take teaching to be continuous with my research, rather than something discrete from it. As such, I try and ensure that my modules are kept as up-to-date as possible in relation to recent developments in the academic literature as well as in the real world of domestic and international politics. And while political theory can often be abstract and seemingly detached from politics itself, through my teaching I aim to make it as accessible and relevant as possible without losing either its analytical rigour or the radicalness of its different visions for our shared political life.
In May 2012 I received a Senate Award for Excellence in Learning & Teaching, in the Early Career category.
I would be happy to supervise research in the following broad areas:
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