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Academic Qualifications
PhD (2001, University of Cambridge)
Brief Biography (English)

Lawrence Hamilton is Professor of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand and NRF/British Academy Research Chair in Political Theory, the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Cambridge. He was Professor (Research Focus) of Politics at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), Cambridge University. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, where he has been a Mellon Research Fellow and Visiting Fellow. Since late 2009 he has been Editor-in-Chief of Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory; and, as of late 2011, he has been an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He is the author of five books, The Political Philosophy of Needs (CUP 2003), Freedom is Power: Liberty Through Political Representation (CUP 2014), Are South Africans Free? (Bloomsbury 2014), Amartya Sen (Polity 2019), and How to Read Amartya Sen (Penguin 2020), one co-authored book, Puzzles in Contemporary Political Philosophy (Van Schaik 2012), one co-edited book, Intellectual Traditions in South Africa (UKZN Press 2014), and numerous articles on aspects of political theory, intellectual history, South African politics, and the humanities. The NRF has awarded him their President’s Award (2007-2011) and a Blue Skies Award for his research achievements. He is now an NRF A2 rated (leading international) researcher.

Job Title
Professor of Political Studies and NRF/British Academy Research Chair in Political Theory
Primary Organisation
University of the Witwatersrand
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African Country
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African Region
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