Short CV/Education and training


  • Since 2017
    Nuffield Chair of Political Theory, University of Oxford

  • 2009 – 2017
    Professor of Political Theory, School of Public Policy, UCL

  • 2010 – 2011
    Member of Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study

  • 2003 – 2005
    Reader (2007), Senior Lecturer (2005), Lecturer (2003) in Political Theory, School of Public Policy, University College London (UCL)

  • 1999 – 2003
    Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in European Political Thought, King’s College London

  • 1996 – 1998
    Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in French Politics and Political Theory, Department of French/Department of Politics, University of Exeter


  • 1993 – 1997
    D.Phil in Politics, Oxford University, 'State, Groups and Individuals. Pluralism in British and French Political Thought (1900-1925)'

  • 1992 – 1993
    M.A. in European Politics, Hull University

  • 1989 – 1992
    Diplôme de Sciences Politiques, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Bordeaux, Major de promotion (top grade of year group). Mention Bien (14/20)

  • 1989
    Baccalauréat 'B', Mention Très Bien (16/20)

Selected publications

Single-Authored Monographs

  • Liberalism’s Religion. Cambridge Mass., Harvard University Press, 2017.

  • Français, encore un effort pour devenir républicains! Paris: Seuil, 2010.

  • Critical Republicanism. The Hijab Controversy and Political Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

  • Pluralist Thought and the State in Britain and France (1900-1925). Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000.

  • Islam et culture traditionnelle en Afrique. La confrérie layenne et les Lébous du Sénégal. Bordeaux : Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS-CEAN), 1995.


  • ‘The Evanescence of Neutrality’, Political Theory, May 2017.

  • ‘Religion and the Law: the Disaggregation Approach’, Law and Philosophy, November 2015, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp. 581-600.

  • 'What is a Free State? Republican Internationalism and Globalisation' (with Miriam Ronzoni), Political Studies, Online Early View, 12 February 2015

  • ‘Equal Liberty, Non-Establishment and Religious Freedom’, Legal Theory, Volume 20 / Issue 01 / March 2014, 52-77.

  • Political Liberalism and Religion: On Separation and Establishment’, Journal of Political Philosophy, Volume 21, Issue 1, March 2013, pp. 67-86

Selected projects

  • ERC (European Research Council) Grant – Principal Investigator, ‘Is Religion Special? Secularism and Religion in Contemporary Legal and Political Theory’

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Fellow of the British Academy, elected 2013

  • Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, 2010 – 2011

  • Associate Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, 2006

  • Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University, 1993 – 1996


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