Alexander Brown
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Personal profile

Biography

Alexander Brown is Reader in Political and Legal Theory.

He received his PhD from the Department of Philosophy, University College London (UCL) (2005). He was a lecturer in political theory in the Department of Political Science at UCL (2005-9) before coming to UEA in September 2009. In 2018 he held a visiting post at the University of Queensland.

He Tweets (@iAlexanderBrown) and blogs for The Conversion, The Huffington Post UK, and Eastminster

He has been a witness on the Moral Maze, BBC Radio 4.

His Google Scholar citations record can be found here

He is the author of a major study on behalf of the Council of Europe looking at Models of Governance of Online Hate speech, published May 2020

He is also the author of six research monographs:

- An Ethics of Political Communication (Routledge, 2021)

- The Politics of Hate Speech Laws (with Adriana Sinclair) (Routledge, 2020)

- A Theory of Legitimate Expectations for Public Administration (Oxford University Press, 2017)

- Hate Speech Law: A Philosophical Examination (Routledge, 2015) 

- Personal responsibility: Why it Matters (Continuum, 2009)

- Ronald Dworkin’s Theory of Equality: Domestic and Global Perspectives (Palgrave, 2009)

 

He has published peer-reviewed articles and chapters in several fields of political philosophy, jurisprudence, applied ethics, and history of political thought, including most recently:

- 'Cosmopolitan Democratic and Communicative Rights: The Danish Cartoons Controversy and the Right to Be Heard, Even Across Borders', Human Rights Review (2021)

- 'African American Enslavement, Speech Act Theory, and the Law’, Journal of African American Studies (2019)

- ‘What is so special about online (as compared to offline) hate speech?’, Ethnicities (2018)

- Retheorizing Actionable Injuries in Civil Lawsuits Involving Targeted Hate Speech: Hate Speech as Degradation and Humiliation’, Alabama Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law Review (2018)

 - ‘Averting Your Eyes in the Information Age: Hate Speech, the Internet, and the Captive Audience Doctrine’, Charleston Law Review (2017)

- ‘A Theory of Legitimate Expectations’, Journal of Political Philosophy (2017)

- ‘Bringing Responsibility to Justice’, Ethical Perspectives (2017)

- ‘What is Hate Speech? Part 1: The Myth of Hate’, Law and Philosophy (2017)

- ‘What is Hate Speech? Part 2: Family Resemblences’, Law and Philosophy (2017)

- ‘The “Who?” Question in the Hate Speech Debate: Part 1: Consistency, Practical, and Formal Approaches’, Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence (2016)

- The “Who?” Question in the Hate Speech Debate: Part 2: Functional and Democratic Approaches’, Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence (2017)

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Alexander’s current research interests fall within the following areas: contemporary Anglo-American political philosophy and public affairs, jurisprudence, applied ethics, and the history of political thought. 

He is currently focused on: free speech and its limits (hate speech); legitimate expectations in the field of public administration; ethics in sport; personal responsibility and distributive justice; global resource inequality.

 

Teaching Interests

Alexander is available to teach on Distributive Justice (UG yr 3), Political Philosophy (UG yr 2), Advanced Themes in Political Philosophy (UG yr 3), Multiculturalism (UG yr 3), Western Political Thought (UG yr 2), Social and Political Theory (UG yr 1), Philosophical Problems (UG yr 1), and Free Speech (MA).

He is available to supervise PhD research in the areas of political philosophy, political theory including but not limited to the history of political thought, jurisprudence, and applied ethics.

 

 

Career

Visiting Scholar at the University of Queensland (2018)

Reader in Political and Legal Theory, in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, UEA (2017-)

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Social and Political Theory, in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, UEA (2014-17)

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Social and Political Theory, in the School of Political, Social and International Studies, UEA (2012-14)

Lecturer in Contemporary Social and Political Theory, in the School of Political, Social and International Studies, UEA (2009-2012)

Lecturer in Political Theory, in the Department of Political Science, UCL (2005-9)

Academic Background

PhD in Political Philosophy, UCL (2005)

MA in Philosophy, UCL (1997)

BSocSci in Political Science and Philosophy, University of Birmingham (1996)

Administrative Posts

  • Sector Communications Officer (Politics) (2020-)
  • School Director of Postgraduate Research (2018)
  • Sector Director of Postgraduate Research (Philosophy) (2018)
  • Sector Director of Postgraduate Research (Politics) (2017)
  • Director of BA Politics, MA Politics, MA Political Theory, MA Public Policy (2015)
  • School Director of Postgraduate Taught Degrees (2013-14)
  • Faculty Peer Review Pool (Grant applications) (2013- )
  • School Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research (2012-13)
  • School Director of Postgraduate Research (2011-12)
  • School Enterprise and Engagement Officer (2010-11)

External Activities

Professional Activities

  • External examiner: PhD research degree, University College London, 2021
  • External examiner: MPhil research degree, University College London, 2014
  • External examiner: MA Human Rights, Roehampton University, 2010-14
  • Referee/peer review of research: Oxford University Press; Cambridge University Press; Polity Press; Political Studies; British Journal of Political Science; American Journal of Political Science; Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy; Res Publica; Policy and Politics; Human Rights Review; Journal of Global Ethics; Theoria; Social Theory and Practice
  • Invited speaker: ‘The ethics of question dodging’, Priority and Practice online conference, University of Oxford, 2020
  • Keynote address: ‘Do politicians have a moral duty to refrain from hate speech?’, Conference on Free Speech, FloridaGulfCoastUniversity, 2019
  • Invited speaker: ‘Do politicians have a moral duty to refrain from hate speech?’, University of Queensland, Department of Politics and International Relations, research seminar (Brisbane), 2018
  • Panel speaker: ‘Rasmussen’s Choice: The Danish Cartoons Controversy and the Right to be Heard’, International Political Studies Association (IPSA) World Congress (Brisbane), 2018
  • Panel speaker: ‘Do politicians have a moral duty to refrain from hate speech?’, International Network for Hate Studies Biennial Conference (Oshowa), 2018
  • Invited spealer: ‘What is so Special About Online (as Compared to Offline) Hate Speech? Internet Companies, Community Standards and the Extragovernmental Regulation of Cyberhate’, CONTACT Interdisciplinary Conference on Hate speech (Cyprus), 2017
  • Panel speaker: ‘Actionable Injuries in Hate Speech Cases’, Loyola Colloquium in Constitutional Law (Chicago), 2016
  • Invited speaker: ‘Justice and Legitimate Expectations’, Workshop on legitimate expectations, University of Graz (Graz), 2016
  • Panel speaker: ‘The “Who” Question in the Hate Speech Debate’, International Network for Hate Studies Biennial Conference (Limerick), 2016
  • Panel speaker: ‘What is hate speech?’, American Philosophical Association (APA) Pacific Meeting (San Francisco), 2016
  • Invited speaker: 'The "Who?" Question in the Hate Speech Debate, Workshop on Hate Speech, Senate House (London), 2015
  • Invited speaker: 'Averting Your Eyes in the Information Age: Hate Speech, the Internet, and the Captive Audience Doctrine', Workshop on free speech at Dartmouth College (Vermont) 2015
  • Invited speaker: 'Hate Speech Law and Principled Compromise', Workshop on free speech at the University of Queensland (Brisbane), 2014
  • Invited speaker: ‘Global Equality of Resources and the Problem of Valuation’, British Academy Sponsored Workshop on Global Justice (Glasgow), 2013
  • Panel speaker: ‘Group Libel and Dignity: A Reply to Waldron’, Loyola Colloquium in Constitutional Law (Chicago), 2012
  • Invited speaker: ‘Rawls, Buchanan, and the Legal Doctrine of Legitimate Expectations’, London School of Economics Political Theory Seminar (London), 2011
  • Invited speaker: ‘Hate Speech’, Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture, University of Roehamption (London), 2011

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions