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Dr Alasia Nuti joined the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of York in September 2015. She works in contemporary political theory and gender studies and she has a strong interest in postcolonial theory and critical race theory. In particular, Alasia is interested in historical injustice, responsibility, structural injustice, memory, immigration and pluralism. She has recently published her first book, entitled Injustice and the Reproduction of History (Cambridge University Press, 2019), which examines why the unjust past matters from a normative perspective. The book was awarded an Honorable Mention from the ECPR Prize in Political Theory in 2021. In 2022, Alasia was awarded the Early Career Prize from the Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought for excellence in research and teaching. Alasia is also working on other research projects on which you can find out more by looking at the ‘research tab’.
Before starting her full duties at the University of York, Alasia was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Justitia Amplificata (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt and Freien Universität Berlin) where she worked on the normative challenges of temporary labour migration within the European Union.
Alasia holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and was awarded the Elizabeth Wiskemann Dissertation Prize for the Study of Inequality and Social Justice from the Political Studies Association and the Lisa Smirl Prize for the best PhD from the Department of Politics and International Studies (University of Cambridge). She received an MSc in Gender Research (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an MA (“Laurea specialistica”) in Philosophy (summa cum laude) and a BA (“Laurea triennale”) in Philosophy (summa cum laude) from the University of Genova.
For further information about Alasia’s publications, please visit her academia.edu webpage.
Alasia's recent book Injustice and the Reproduction of History (Cambridge University Press, 2019) aims to provide a comprehensive framework to understand when and why historical injustices are normatively significant for our considerations of justice and draws on contemporary political theory, feminist theory, public policy and activist politics. The book has received an Honorable Mention from the ECPR Prize in Political Theory in 2021.
Alasia is currently working on a book project (with Gabriele Badano), which is under contract with Oxford University Press. The book puts forward the first comprehensive account of containment of illiberal and anti-democratic views from within Rawlsian political liberalism. Moreover, it offers a new interpretation of Rawlsian political liberalism and pushes that framework in new theoretical and normative directions.
Moreover, Alasia is keeping working on issues of historical injustice and (especially feminist and LGBTQ+) activism by reflecting on the relation between the two.
Methodologically, Alasia situates her work at the intersection of analytical political theory, critical theory and gender studies.
Thematically, her research interests include:
Alasia is interested in supervising PhD projects in political theory (both analytical political philosophy and critical theory) and especially those focusing on historical injustice, memory, gender inequality, migration and contemporary challenges of pluralism. She welcomes any inquiry from potential applicants.
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