Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of York

Martin O’Neill is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of York. He works on a number of topics in political philosophy, politics and public policy. Martin has written on equality, inequality and social justice; freedom and responsibility; and a number of issues at the intersection of political philosophy and public policy (including taxation, financial regulation, corporate governance, labour unions, insurance, climate change, the welfare state, education and health). His work has appeared in leading journals such as Philosophy & Public Affairs, Ethics, the Journal of Moral Philosophy and the Journal of Social Philosophy.

His collection on Property-Owning Democracy: Rawls and Beyond, co-edited with Thad Williamson (University of Richmond, Virginia), was published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2012 (pbk, 2014). Another collection, on Taxation and Political Philosophy, co-edited with Shepley Orr (UCL), is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Martin is a Commissioning Editor of Renewal: a Journal of Social Democracy. His work has been supported by the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), and the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF).

Martin was educated at Balliol College, University of Oxford (BA in PPE and BPhil in Philosophy) and at Harvard University (AM and PhD in Philosophy). Before coming to York in 2010, he was previously Research Fellow in Philosophy and Politics at St John's College, University of Cambridge, and Hallsworth Research Fellow in Political Economy at the University of Manchester. He has been a Visiting Hoover Fellow at the Chaire Hoover d'éthique économique et sociale at the Université Catholique de Louvain, and has been a Fellow of the Safra Foundation Centre for Ethics at Harvard University.

Martin's media appearances include BBC Radio 4’s 'The Moral Maze' and 'You and Yours', and the BBC World Service’s 'Europe Today'. His writing for a broader public audience includes articles for the Guardian, New Statesman, the Fabian Review, the Boston Review and Al Jazeera America.


  • 2013–present
    Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of York
  • 2010–2013
    Lecturer in Politics, University of York


  • 2009 
    Harvard University, PhD in Philosophy


Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts