Lea Ypi

Government Department

London School of Economics and Political Science

Houghton Street

London WC2A 2AE


Email: l.l.ypi@lse.ac.uk

Office: Connaught House, CON. 3.19

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About me


I am a Professor of Political Theory in the Government Department, London School of Economics and Associate Professor in Philosophy at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. Before joining the LSE, I was a Post-doctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College (Oxford) and a researcher at the European University Institute where I obtained my PhD. A native of Albania, I studied Philosophy and then Literature at the University of Rome, La Sapienza. My research interests are in normative political theory (including democratic theory, theories of justice, and issues of migration and territorial rights), Enlightenment political thought (especially Kant), Marxism and critical theory, as well as nationalism in the intellectual history of the Balkans (especially Albania). I am a co-editor of The Journal of Political Philosophy and a commissioning editor of Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy. My latest book, entitled Free, is a philosophical memoir about growing up in communist Albania and the transition to liberalism and will be published in October 2021 by Allen Lane/Penguin Press.


Between 2019 and 2021 I will be on research leave, working on a new project on “What is political progress?” funded through a Philip Leverhulme Prize.







Territorial Justice: A Cosmopolitan Account (provisional title, under contract with Princeton University Press)

Free (Allen Lane/Penguin Press, forthcoming 2021)

The Architectonic of Reason (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2021)

The Meaning of Partisanship (with Jonathan White), (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

Global Justice and Avant-Garde Political Agency (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012) (also in paperback in 2018)

Kant and Colonialism: Historical and Critical Perspectives (co-edited with Katrin Flikschuh), Oxford: Oxford University Press (2014).

Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership (co-edited with Sarah Fine), Oxford: Oxford University Press (2016) (also in paperback in 2019)






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