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Dr Sarah Fine

Dr Sarah FineLecturer in Philosophy

Tel +44(0)20 7848 2327
Address Room 902, Philosophy Building
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS



Dr Sarah Fine was an undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge. She received her MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford. Before joining the Department of Philosophy at King’s, Dr Fine was a Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Political Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • History of Political and Social Philosophy

Dr Fine’s research lies in the fields of contemporary political philosophy, ethics, and the history of modern political and social philosophy. She specialises in issues relating to migration and citizenship, with interests in a wide range of areas, including democratic theory, nationalism and patriotism, sovereignty, territory, multiculturalism and the politics of recognition, theories of justice, the ethics of political violence, race and ethnicity, and feminism and gender.

Dr Fine is the co-editor (with Lea Ypi) of Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership(Oxford University Press, 2016), in which she has a chapter on the history and politics of racial and ethnic discrimination in immigration policy. Her monograph, Immigration and the Right to Exclude, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. The book critically examines the dominant view that states enjoy a moral right to exclude would-be immigrants. She is also co-editing a book, Political Philosophy, Here and Now: Essays in Honour of David Miller (Oxford University Press, expected 2018) with Daniel Butt and Zofia Stemplowska, and she is working on a book project on migration for Polity Press.

Dr Fine welcomes political philosophy PhD applications.

Her recent former PhD student, Desiree Lim, is now an Interdisciplinary Ethics Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. 

For more details, please see her full research profile.

Selected publications
For a complete list of publications, please see Sarah's full research profile.

Dr Fine has previously taught on the following modules

Undergraduate modules:

  • 4AANB006 Political Philosophy I
  • 5AANB008 Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy
  • 6AANA046 Topics in Political Philosophy
  • 6AANB039 Gender & Philosophy

Postgraduate modules:

  • 7AAN4021 General Philosophy
Expertise and public engagement

Dr Fine is currently working with ice&fire, a human rights theatre company, to develop an interactive play about immigration and the idea of a right to exclude.

She is also working with dance maker Sivan Rubinstein and produce Xavier de Sousa on their dance project, MAPS.

Some recent blog posts:

Whose freedom of movement is worth defending?’ Contribution to debate on EU freedom of movement, at European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship. September 2016.

With Chris Betram, ‘Should the atrocities in Paris affect our response to the refugee crisis?’ November 2015.

The argument from democratic principles’, Contribution to symposium on Joseph H. Carens, The Ethics of Immigration, Crooked Timber.

Some recent public events and recordings:

Talking Migration Podcast: ‘What’s wrong with ethnic and racial discrimination in immigration policy?’ November 2016. Podcast.

Arts and Humanities Festival, KCL: Play. Panel. ‘Is it Only a Game?’ October 2016. Video.

Migration Crisis? A Multidisciplinary Discussion. Panel co-organised with The Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy, & Law. December 2015. Video.

Dealing with the Refugee Crisis: Europe and Britain. Panel. UCL. November 2015. Summary.

Arts and Humanities Festival, KCL: Fabrication. Panel. ‘The Fabrication of Morality: Where Do Morals Come From?’. October 2015. Video.

David Miller’s Political Philosophy. ‘Political Philosophy and Autobiography’. May 2015. Audio

Why Love Matters for Justice: Workshop on Martha Nussbaum's Political Emotions. UCL. ‘Patriotism’. May 2014. Video

Festival of Ideas, Cambridge. Panel. ‘A Dividing Issue: The Immigration Debate’. November 2013. Video

Arts and Humanities Festival, KCL: Being Human. Panel. ‘What Makes us Human? Four Philosophical Perspectives’. October 2012. Audio

Forum for European Philosophy public lecture, LSE. European Provocations. ‘Isaiah Berlin on Two Concepts of Liberty’. June 2013. More information

Dr Fine has been involved in Outreach work, speaking to prospective students about applying to university, as well as offering taster lectures for school pupils (aged 11 to 18) on diverse subjects in philosophy and politics.









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