Shuk Ying Chan


I am a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College and the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University. My research sits at the intersection of 20th century anticolonial thought, contemporary theories of global justice; questions of empire and race; and ideas of equality and self-determination. I also have interests in social movements, resistance, and political action. At Nuffield, I'm a co-founder/organizer of the Interdisciplinary Seminars on Empire.

My book project, Postcolonial Global Justice, explores the moral and political implications of decolonization as an unfinished project of global justice. In it, I develop an account of “postcolonial global justice” by drawing on the normative visions and political programs of anticolonial thinkers in the era of formal decolonization. In doing so, my project aims to yield a set of historically informed and action guiding principles that help navigate the questions of self-determination and equality raised in three areas of contemporary global politics: global governance, international investment, and global cultural exchange.

Prior to Oxford, I completed a PhD in political theory at Princeton University, where I was a Graduate Prize Fellow at the University Centre for Human Values (2018-19) and a Graduate Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (2019-2020). My dissertation is a co-winner of the 2022 Leo Strauss Award (for best dissertation in political philosophy) from the American Political Science Association. I also hold an M.Phil in political theory and a B.A. in history and politics from the University of Hong Kong.

From January 2023 I will be a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Political Theory in the Department of Political Science at University College London. At UCL, I will be teaching the undergraduate module POLS0100 Global Justice (Term 2 of AY2022-23). In AY2023-24 I have plans to teach a new undergraduate module on historic injustice and decolonization, and a graduate module on global ethics.

Please feel free to contact me at shukying.chan .

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