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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’s 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. Dr Fine is co-editing a book (with Dr Lea Ypi), Migration in Political Theory, also forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Her next book project focuses on the idea of the non-citizen in modern political philosophy.

Dr Fine welcomes political philosophy PhD applications.

For more details, please see her full research profile.

Selected publications
  • Sarah Fine (forthcoming) Immigration and the Right to Exclude (Oxford University Press)
  • Sarah Fine and Lea Ypi (eds.) (forthcoming) Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership (Oxford University Press)
  • Sarah Fine (in preparation) 'Migration' in Serena Olsaretti (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Distributive Justice (Oxford University Press)
  • Sarah Fine & Andrea Sangiovanni (forthcoming) 'Immigration' in Darrel Moellendorf and Heather Widdows (eds.) The Handbook of Global Ethics (Acumen)
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
Expertise and public engagement

Some recent public events: 

Why Love Matters for Justice: Workshop on Martha Nussbaum's Political Emotions. UCL. ‘Patriotism’. May 2013. 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 at Oxford and Cambridge, 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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