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Jesus College, Oxford

Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DW
Telephone (01865) 279700

Dr Stuart White

BA, DPhil Fellow and Tutor in Politics, University Lecturer

Academic Background

Dr White studied PPE at Magdalen, Oxford, took his MPhil in Politics at Wolfson, Oxford, and his PhD in Politics at Princeton, USA. He gained a Career Development Research Award for his teaching as Assistant Professor in Politics at MIT, where he worked for three years before joining Jesus College in 2000.

Undergraduate Teaching

Prelims ('Theorizing Democracy'); Theory of Politics; Classical Political Thought; Foundations of Modern Social and Political Thought; Marxism.

Postgraduate Teaching

Political Theory (MPhil Seminar).

Research Interests

Dr White is a political theorist with an interest in ideas and their application. His research analyses political ideals such as social justice, equality and liberty and considers the kind of policies and institutions that advance these ideals. Recent work has focused on the ethics of the welfare state, freedom of association, and the theoretical and practical arguments for inheritance tax. A unifying theme is the concern to explore visions of society that are at once anti-capitalist and opposed to authoritarian forms of socialism. Major publications include: (ed.) New Labour: The Progressive Future? (2001); The Civic Minimum: On the Rights and Obligations of Economic Citizenship (2003); The Ethics of Stakeholding (2003); and The Citizen's Stake: Exploring the Future of Universal Asset Policies (forthcoming).

Further details of his publications can be found on Dr White's personal webpage.

Dr White believes that political theory should inform policy-making and is a member of the National Council of Catalyst, a political think-tank. He is also on the Academic Advisory Team for the Social Policy group at the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr).


Subject notes for courses taught at Jesus College:
History and Politics
Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

See also Dr White's personal webpage and the Department of Politics and International Relations website.