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School of Government & International Affairs

Staff Profile

Dr Elizabeth Kahn, MA Philosophy (Glasgow), MLitt Moral and Political Philosophy (Glasgow), PhD Politics (York)

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Assistant Professor in Political Theory in the School of Government and International Affairs
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45684
Room number: IM219, Al-Qasimi Building

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Having completed a PhD at the University of York entitled “Global Poverty, Structural Injustice and Obligations to take Political Action” Dr Kahn spent a year at the Goethe University in Frankfurt as a postdoctoral fellow in the research group ‘Justitia Amplificata’ exploring issues in global and social justice. Ijn 2014 she joined the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University as a lecturer in Political Theory.

Beth is a member of the Global Policy Institute and Centre for the History of Political Thought and teaches on the undergraduate modules “Foundations of Western Political Thought”, “Ideas and Ideologies” and “Research Project”. Her research interests fall in the field of moral and political philosophy and she is particularly interested in questions of structural injustice and obligations to resist such injustice. This has led her to examine the idea of social structure and explore questions of essentially aggregative harm. She is currently working on a book project concerning duties to oppose global injustice. In the future she wishes to develop and apply a contractualist account of morality to questions of essentially aggregative outcomes. She also wishes to engage with questions of injustice and explore the structural causes of poverty and inequality.

Research Interests

  • Collectivization Duties
  • Global Justice
  • Human Rights
  • Iris Young
  • Labour Justice
  • Moral Contractualism
  • Social Justice

Teaching Areas

  • Foundations of Western Political Thought
  • Ideas and Ideologies
  • Research Project


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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Ethics: Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy: Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Human rights: Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Political thought & theory: Moral and Political Philosophy

Selected Grants

  • 2016: Labour Market Injustice Workshop (£960.00 from Society for Applied Philosophy)