Lea Ypi

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Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science


Lea is Professor in Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Adjunct Associate Professor in Philosophy at the Australian National University. Her research centres on issues of global justice, normative political theory as well as the philosophy of the Enlightenment. She is the author of "The Meaning of Partisanship" (2016) and "Global Justice and Avant-Garde Political Agency" (2011). Her latest book "Free", a philosophical memoir about growing up in communist Albania and the transition to liberalism, will be published in October 2021. More recently, she has been working on a new project "What is political progress?" funded through a Philip Leverhulme Prize.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE Lea was involved in the program The Future of Democracy.


"Whether you die because you were shot at the border trying to leave a country or whether you died because your dinghy sinks trying to enter another one – you're dead. And when you are dead, well, you can’t be free."


"Free", forthcoming 2021

"The Architectonic of Reason", forthcoming 2021

"The Meaning of Partisanship" (with Jonathan White), 2016

"Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership" (co-edited with Sarah Fine), 2016

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