Andrew Leary

Department of Politics and International Relations

PhD research student

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Andrew Leary
Department of Politics and International Relations
Modular Teaching Village
Northumberland Road
S10 1AJ

I joined the department in 2016 on a 1+3 ESRC studentship. Previously I gained an MA in Political Theory from the University of Birmingham after working in local government for a number of years. Before that, I completed a degree in Linguistics and Philosophy at Sheffield and was awarded the Colin Stork Prize for best linguistics student in my graduating year.


BA (Hons) Linguistics and Philosophy: University of Sheffield
MA (with distinction) Political Theory: University of Birmingham
MA (with distinction) Social Research: University of Sheffield

Research interests

I am a political theorist researching the realist critique of political moralism, equality and the egalitarianism of GA Cohen. My interest stems from a lack of attention to the value of equality by political realism and a concern as to whether realism can account for equality as a political value. My thesis has developed into a study of pre-eminent egalitarian scholar GA Cohen which seeks a more thorough analysis as to whether realists are right to characterise Cohen as an “arch-moralist”, and also asks whether an analysis of his work can provide not only some indication as to why realism has to date had little to say about equality but also indicate a way forward for developing a realist theory of equality.

Supervisors: Dr Matt SleatDr Edward Hall

Teaching activities

I have taught seminar classes in:

Introduction to Western Political Thought, a first year Political Theory introductory module, and Analysing Politics, a first year module introducing students to conceptual analysis.

Professional activities and memberships


Colin Stork Prize for Linguistics 1996 (University of Sheffield Department of English Language and Linguistics).