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Associate Professor in Political and Legal Theory, University of East Anglia

Alexander Brown is Associate Professor in Political and Legal Theory at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

He received his PhD from the Department of Philosophy, University College London (UCL) (2005). He was a lecturer in political theory in the Department of Political Science at UCL (2005-9) before coming to UEA in September 2009.

Alexander’s current research interests fall within contemporary Anglo-American political philosophy and public affairs, jurisprudence, applied ethics, and the history of political thought.

He is particularly focused on: free speech and its limits; legitimate expectations in the field of public administration; personal responsibility; and distributive justice.

He is the author of Hate Speech Frontiers: Exploring the Limits of the Ordinary and Legal Concepts (with Adriana Sinclair) (Cambridge University Press, 2023); An Ethics of Political Communication (Routledge, 2021); The Politics of Hate Speech Laws (with Adriana Sinclair) (Routledge, 2020); A Theory of Legitimate Expectations for Public Administration (Oxford University Press, 2017); Hate Speech Law: A Philosophical Examination (Routledge, 2015); Personal responsibility: Why it Matters (Continuum, 2009); and Ronald Dworkin’s Theory of Equality: Domestic and Global Perspectives (Palgrave, 2009).


  • 2009–2018
    Reader in Political and Legal Theory, University of East Anglia


  • 2005 
    University College London, Philosophy