Professor Lawrence Hamilton
|Qualifications||BA, MPhil, PhD|
|Organisational Unit||Political Studies|
Position: Professor of Political Studies, Wits, and NRF/British Academy Bilateral Research Chair in Political Theory, Wits and Cambridge
Professor Hamilton's research interests include topics in contemporary political theory, such as states, power, representation, freedom, needs, rights, resistance, democracy, markets and political judgement, as informed by real world politics, particularly in the global South, the history of political thought, and South African politics, political economy and intellectual history.
Lawrence has held visiting, teaching and research posts at Durban, Cambridge, Cape Town, Salvador, Caracas and Johannesburg. Currently, at Wits and Cambridge, he supervises 3 masters and 9 doctoral students, and mentors 3 postdoctoral fellows. He is the author of several books including The Political Philosophy of Needs (Cambridge University Press 2003); Are South Africans Free? (Bloomsbury 2014); and Freedom is Power: Liberty Through Political Representation (Cambridge University Press 2014). He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). He is editor-in-chief of Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, and has received more than ten awards for research excellence, including his current Research Chair, a TOFAC Award (2014), an NRF President’s Award (2007-11) and the Gladstone Memorial Prize (1996). For more, see his CV on the Association for Political Theory in Africa (APTA) website, which he co-founded and co-directs.
Professor Hamilton welcomes interested Masters and Doctoral students at Wits and Cambridge for supervision on any of these or related topics or thinkers. For more on supervision, and his Chair's bursaries and student exchange programme, please see his separate Chair website here; and feel free to contact him on Lawrence.Hamilton@wits.ac.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org.