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Hobden, Christine

Lecturer in Philosophy

University of Fort Hare, South Africa


South Africa

Max Weber alumnus

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Cohort(s): 2015/2016

Ph.D. Institution

University of Oxford, United Kingdom


I am a political theorist with a focus on global justice, citizenship, and collective responsibility. I completed my DPhil thesis under the supervision of Prof. David Miller and Prof. Cecile Fabre, at Nuffield College, Oxford in September 2016. My thesis, ‘States, Citizens & Global Injustice: The Political Channels of Responsibility’,sets out an account of the duties of states to each other, and the consequent responsibilities that citizens of liberal western democracies acquire.
As a Max Weber Fellow I am under the mentorship of Prof. Rainer Baubock. I am currently exploring contemporary understandings of citizenship in light of the outward-looking duties my DPhil proposes. My Max Weber working paper highlights, and seeks to address, the tension between informal political engagement and the inevitable inequality in influence it produces among citizens.
My early training was at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where I completed a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Law, and a BA Honours and MA in Philosophy.  Following this I read for an MPhil in Political Theory at St Antony’s College, Oxford.  I have greatly valued opportunities to teach at both of these institutions in politics, philosophy, and law.  My current areas of interest in teaching are theories of citizenship, contemporary analytic political theory, and social contract theory.
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