Dr Jonathan Benson New Lecturer in Political Theory

The Department of Politics are delighted that Dr Jonathan Benson will join as a permanent Lecturer in Political Theory.

Jonathan is currently a Hallsworth Research Fellow at the Department of Politic and will take up his post as Lecturer in January 2025.

He completed his PhD at Manchester and has taught at King’s College London and Utrecht University. His research focuses on democratic theory, political economy and political epistemology.

Benson’s first book, Intelligent Democracy: Answering the new democratic scepticism, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2024. In the book, Benson provides an epistemic justification of democratic politics and a robust answer to democracy’s critics.

His research has also been published in journals such as the American Political Science Review, Political Studies and Politics, Philosophy & Economics.

As a new permanent member of Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT), Benson will contribute to teaching and research at one of the UK’s leading centres for Political Theory.