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Cécile Laborde

Professorial Fellow
Professor of Political Theory

Research Interests: Liberal Theory; Republican Theory; Secularism and Religion; Citizenship; Global Justice.

Cécile Laborde holds the Nuffield Chair of Political Theory and is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Before she joined Oxford in January 2017, she was a Professor of Political Theory at University College London. After studying political science in France, Cécile Laborde obtained a DPhil from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, in 1996. She has held permanent posts in political theory at the University of Exeter and King's College, London. In 2007, she was Associate Professor to the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She spent the 2010-11 academic year in Princeton, as a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study. She was the director of UCL’s Religion and Political Theory Centre, which was funded by a European Research Council (ERC) personal grant.

She has published extensively in the areas of republicanism, liberalism and religion, theories of law and the state, and global justice. She has published 5 monographs and has written articles in major journals of political science and political theory. She is notably the author of Pluralist Thought and the State in Britain and France (2000) and Critical Republicanism. The Hijab Controversy in Political Philosophy (2008). Her last monograph, Liberalism’s Religion, was published by Harvard University Press in 2017.

Cécile Laborde is the convenor of the Nuffield political theory workshop.

Cécile Laborde


A list of Cecile’s selected publications are shown below. A full list of Cecile's publications may be found in 'Publications'.

Liberalism’s Religion, Harvard University Press, 2017. Read about the reception of Liberalism's Religion.

Critical Republicanism, Oxford University Press, 2008.

'Cosmopolitan Patriotism as Civic Ideal' (with Lior Erez), American Journal of Political Science, 2020.

‘Religion and the Law: the Disaggregation Approach’, Law and Philosophy, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp. 581-600, November 2015.

'Political Liberalism and Religion: On Separation and Establishment', Journal of Political Philosophy, 21(1):67-86, 2013.

'From Constitutional to Civic Patriotism', British Journal of Political Science, 32: 591-612, 2002.