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Associate Professor of Political Science

Department of Government

London School of Economics

London WC2A 2AE, U.K. 

Laura Valentini holds a first degree (“laurea”) in Political Science from Pavia University (Italy), and an MA and a PhD in Political Philosophy from University College London. She was a Junior Research Fellow at The Queen’s College (Oxford University), and a postdoc at the Center for Human Values (Princeton University). Prior to joining the LSE, she was a Lecturer in Political Philosophy at UCL. Laura has held visiting positions at the Australian National University, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, the University of Uppsala, Harvard University, and the University of Frankfurt. In 2015, she was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Politics and International Relations. Laura's work is situated in the field of contemporary political theory/philosophy. Her research interests include: global justice, democracy, freedom, human rights, political obligation, the methodology of political theory, and the relation between political theory, social ontology and the social sciences more broadly.

Selected publications (complete list here)


Justice in a Globalized World: A Normative Framework (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)


Dignity and Human Rights: A Reconceptualization, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 37 (4) (2017), 862-885

Freedom as independence (with Christian List), Ethics 126 (4) (2016), 1043-1074

On the Distinctive Procedural Wrong of Colonialism, Philosophy & Public Affairs, 43 (4) (2015), 312-331

Social Samaritan Justice: When and Why Needy Fellow Citizens Have a Right to Assistance, American Political Science Review, 109 (4) (2015), 735-749

No Global Demos, No Global Democracy? A Systematization and Critique, Perspectives on Politics, 12 (4) (2014), 789-807

Justice, Disagreement, and Democracy, British Journal of Political Science, 43 (1) (2013), 177-199

Human Rights, Freedom, and Political Authority, Political Theory, 40 (5) (2012), 573-601

Coercion and (Global) Justice, American Political Science Review, 105 (1) (2011), 205-220

On the Apparent Paradox of Ideal Theory, Journal of Political Philosophy, 17 (3) (2009), 332-355

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