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Matthew Clayton

Professsor of Political Theory
Deputy Head of Department & Director of Education
Programme Director, MA in Political and Legal Theory
Convenor of the Children, Education and Philosophy Group

Tel: 024 765 23305
Room: D1.08
Advice and Feedback Hours: Spring Term: Mondays 9.15-10.15am, Tuesdays 9.00-10.00am. (Please note that advice and feedback hours will not be held in Reading Week (Week 6).)


I studied PPE at New College, Oxford and then studied for a DPhil in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford. I joined PAIS in 2002. Before Warwick, I worked in the Department of Philosophy and the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex and in the Department of Government at Brunel University. The questions that preoccupy me in both teaching and research involve normative issues related to the content and distribution of political concern. I work on distributive justice, the foundations of liberal political thought, and also certain kinds of applied philosophy, such as the philosophy of education. My publications include Justice and Legitimacy in Upbringing (Oxford University Press, 2006) and two co-edited books: The Ideal of Equality (Palgrave, 2002), and Social Justice (Blackwell, 2004).