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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Rebecca specialises in political philosophy and migration. Her current research looks at the political rights of refugees in various settings and the concept of 'membership' in political and social theory. ​

She is also interested in migration studies, the history of political thought, non-human animals, and feminist philosophy/political theory. ​

She completed her BA in Philosophy at King's College London in 2016 and her MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies in 2017. She then briefly worked as a Parliamentary Researcher in the UK House of Commons before returning to Oxford for her DPhil. ​

She was a Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics and Organising Tutor at St Anne's College, Oxford where she taught PPE and Politics and History Undergraduate courses.


Key publications: 

Journal publications:

‘The duty to naturalise refugees', Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, forthcoming ​

'Queer Kinship and the Rights of Refugee Families' co-authored with Samuel Ritholtz, Migration Studies, forthcoming ​

'Justice in Waiting: The harms and wrongs of temporary refugee protection', European Journal of Political Theory,  published online 29th November 2020: 

‘Reparative Justice for Climate Refugees’, Philosophy, Volume 94, Issue 2, April 2019 , pp. 193-219 doi:

(Winner of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Essay Prize 2018)


The Philosopher Queens, edited by Rebecca Buxton and Lisa Whiting, Unbound, 2020 ​

Book Chapters:

Hannah Arendt, in The Philosopher Queens, Unbound 2020 ​

‘We Must Listen to Climate Refugees Now’, Climate Change and Population Displacement, Greenhaven Publishing, June 2020 (co-authored with Theo Kwek)

Assistant Professor in Political Theory
Fixed-Term Lecturer
Bye-Fellow, King's College

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