Biography

Alexander Brown 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 (https://theconversation.com/profiles/alexander-brown-286590; http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/author/dr-alexander-brown)

He is the author of four research monographs:

A Theory of Legitimate Expectations for Public Administration (Oxford University Press, 2017) - The book presents a new theory of legitimate expectations for public administration at the centre of which lies his original account of what lends legitimacy to expectations (the responsibility of governmental administrative agencies for having created expectations) and his pluralistic normative grounding of the principle that governmental administrative agencies should be liable for damage they cause by creating and then frustrating legitimate expectations on the part of non-governmental agents.

Hate Speech Law: A Philosophical Examination (Routledge, 2015) - "Brown is absolutely right to emphasize the plurality of types of regulation, argumentation and hate speech; he is also spot on in stressing that different arguments are better suited to different types of regulation and/or hate speech. The book also brings disparate literatures into fruitful contact. For these reasons, I definitely recommend it." - Mary Kate McGowan, Wellesley College

Personal responsibility: Why it Matters (Continuum, 2009) - “This is clear, comprehensive, original and engagingly written study of the role responsibility might play in our moral and political lives.” - Jonathan Wolff, University College London

Ronald Dworkin’s Theory of Equality: Domestic and Global Perspectives (Palgrave, 2009) - “Packed with arguments and insights, this excellent adaptation of Dworkin's equality of resources to the global sphere is a welcome addition to the growing literature on global distributive justice, and will be sure to excite wide-ranging discussion and criticism.” - Andrea Sangiovanni, King's College, London

He is also the author of numerous articles and chapters on issues of free speech, equality, personal responsibility, and legitimate expectations, some of which have been published in the following international peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Political Philosophy; Law and Philosophy; Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; European Journal of Political Theory; Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy; Journal of Applied Philosophy; Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence; Rethinking Marxism; Social Theory and Practice; Ethical Theory and Moral Practice; Res Publica; British Journal for the History of Philosophy; Public Reason; Human Rights Review; Journal of Philosophy of Education; Imprints; Ethical Perspectives.

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)

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