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Professor Valentini holds a first degree (“laurea”) in Political Science from Pavia University (Italy), and an MA and a PhD in Political Philosophy from University College London. She was a Junior Research Fellow at the Queen’s College (Oxford University), and a postdoc at the Center for Human Values (Princeton University). Prior to joining King's, she was Lecturer in Political Philosophy at UCL and Associate Professor of Political Science at LSE. Laura has held visiting positions at the Australian National University, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, the University of Uppsala, Harvard University, and the University of Frankfurt. In 2015, she was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Politics and International Relations. Laura's work is situated in the fields of contemporary political, legal and moral philosophy. Her research interests include: global justice, democracy, freedom, (human) rights, political obligation, the methodology of political theory, and the relation between political theory, social ontology and the social sciences more broadly.

Research interests

Justice, domestic and global; democracy; freedom; political obligation; rights and human rights; the methodology of political theory; ideal and non-ideal theory and feasibility constraints; the morality of socially constructed norms; social ontology.

PhD supervision

Professor Valentini welcomes PhD applications on any of her areas of research interest.