After an undergraduate degree in Modern History at Oxford University, I received a grant from the British Council for doctoral research in intellectual history at the Warburg Institute, University of London. However my advisor, Professor Charles Schmitt, died suddenly of a heart-attack (unrelated to the horror of my translations from renaissance Latin or my research papers in seventeenth century intellectual history) and, by a suitably convoluted path, I wound up doing my doctorate in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology instead. There, I swapped intellectual history for political economy and political and social theory, and wrote my doctoral thesis, ‘A Democratic Conception of Privacy’, with Joshua Cohen, Margaret Burnham and Martha Nussbaum as advisors.

Since 1997, I have held a variety of academic positions at the University of Rochester, NY, at Harvard University and at MIT, at the London School of Economics and Political Science and at Sciences-Po in Paris. I have also been a Senior Fellow at the Programme in Ethics and the Professions at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (the programme has since changed name and leader), a Hoover Fellow at the Catholic University in Louvain-La-Neuve (Belgium) and an Interdisciplinary Research Fellow at the Institute of Science, Ethics and Innovation affiliated with the Law School at the University of Manchester.

Since January 2011 I am Associate Professor of Normative Political Theory in the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

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