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Professor David Miller FBA

Political theory, social justice, nationality, citizenship and immigration.
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About this Fellow

I was initially trained in philosophy at Selwyn College, Cambridge and in politics at Balliol College, Oxford, and after spells teaching at the Universities of Lancaster and East Anglia, I was appointed to an Official Fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford in 1979, with affiliations to the University's departments of Politics and Philosophy, and latterly to the Blavatnik School of Government. From autumn 2016 I will also be attached to Queen's University, Ontario as Visiting Professor in Law and Philosophy. What is perhaps most distinctive about my work is its use of evidence from the social sciences to inform debates in political philosophy. My longest standing interest (with four published books) is in the idea of justice, originally social justice but now also global justice. During the 1980s I worked on the idea of market socialism and published a book defending that system. This led me to ask questions about the kind of political community within which policies of social justice could be pursued, leading to a sustained engagement with ideas of nationality and citizenship. In the last decade I have combined work on national issues with work on global issues, with a recent focus on territorial boundaries and immigration.



Current post

  • Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer in Politics, Lancaster University, 1970
  • Lecturer in Politics, University of East Anglia, 1970
  • Official Fellow, Nuffield College University of Oxford, 1970
  • Official Fellow in Social and Political Theory, Nuffield College, Oxford, Nuffield College University of Oxford, 1970
  • Department of Poltics, University of Lancaster, Lancaster University, 1970
  • Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield College University of Oxford, 1970


National Responsibility and Global Justice 2007


Justice for Earthlings 2013


Strangers in our Midst: the political philosophy of immigration 2016


Market, state and community 1989


On nationality 1995


Principles of social justice 1999


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