Researcher

Associate Professor Geoffrey Brahm Levey

My Expertise

Citizenship, democracy, multiculturalism, & national identity issues; Jewish political thought and behaviour

Biography

Geoffrey Brahm Levey is an Associate Professor in Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

Geoff's current research is in contemporary political theory, with special reference to multiculturalism, ethnicity, religion, nationalism, and citizenship. He was the foundation director of the UNSW Program in Jewish Studies.

From 2012-2616, Geoff was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. His fellowship project, 'An...view more

Geoffrey Brahm Levey is an Associate Professor in Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

Geoff's current research is in contemporary political theory, with special reference to multiculturalism, ethnicity, religion, nationalism, and citizenship. He was the foundation director of the UNSW Program in Jewish Studies.

From 2012-2616, Geoff was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. His fellowship project, 'An Australian Dilemma: Liberal Democracy, Cultural Diversity and the Quest for National Identity', investigatated what a national identity could mean where there is a culturally diverse citizenry and a commitment to liberal democratic values and institutions. 

He has held visiting fellowships at the Institute of Advanced Study of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium, Brussels; Centre for the Study of Social Justice, University of Oxford; Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol, Uk; Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne; and Political Theory Program, Australian National University. Prior to his UNSW appointment, he held the Anna Biegun Warburg Junior Research Fellowship in Human and Social Sciences at the University of Oxford, Gold Meir Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Dean's Fellowship at Brown University. In Spring 2015, Geoff was a Robert Schuman Distinguished Scholar in the Global Governance Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute in Florence. In 2016-17, he held the Richard Hodder-Williams Visiting Fellowship, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol, UK.   

Research Areas
Contemporary political theory, multiculturalism, ethnicity, religion, nationalism, and citizenship 

Current Research Projects

An Australian Dilemma: Liberal Democracy, Cultural Diversity and the Quest for National Identity
Following from the ARC Future Fellowship project

In Defence of Liberal Nationalism
A new monograph project  


My Qualifications

BA Qld, M SocSci Hebrew University of Jerusalem, MA PhD Brown


My Awards

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS 

  • Richard Hodder-Williams Visiting Fellow, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol, March-April, 2017 
  • Distinguished Scholar, Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 1 April - 30 June 2015
  • Australian Research Council Future Fellow, 2012-2016
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels, Belgium, February-April, November-December, 2010
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Social Justice, University of Oxford, UK, Trinity term, 2010
  • Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Prize, 2008, for 'A healthy dose of multiculturalism' (5,000 wds) published in the Australian Financial Review, 27 April 2007.
  • Visiting Fellow, Social and Political Theory Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, 2006
  • Visiting Fellow, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, 2006
  • British Academy Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol, UK, 2002
  • Anna Biegun Warburg Junior Research Fellow in Human and Social Sciences, St. Anne’s College, Oxford, 1993–1995
  • Golda Meir Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1990/91
  • Dean’s Fellow, Brown University, 1989-90

My Engagement

CONFERENCES AND SYMPOSIA ORGANISED

The Multicultural Question in a Mobile World conference, Global Governanve Programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 7-8 April 2016. Co-organized with Anna Triandafyllidou (EUI), Keith Banting (Queens University, Canada), Rainer Bauböck (EUI), Will Kymlicka (Queens University, Canada) and Tariq Modood (University of Bristol, UK). 

ARC Workshop: Autonomy, Authenticity, Culture, 2-3 December, 2010, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Palace of the Academies, Brussels. Funded by the Australian Research Council and hosted by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium.

Harvard-UNSW Conference: Citizenship in a Globalised World: Perspectives from the Immigrant Democracies, 14-15 July, UNSW Sydney, 2010. Funded by the Harvard Committee on Australian Studies, Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship, UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and the UNSW Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law. Co-organised with Ayelet Shacher (U.Toronto).

International Symposium: Religion and Multicultural Citizenship, UNSW Sydney, 10-13 July, 2005. Funded by the UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney, and the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, Bristol University, UK, through the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Co-organised with Tariq Modood (U.Bristol) and Ien Ang (UWS).

ASSA Workshop: Australian Multiculturalism and Political Theory: Balancing Rights and Responsibilities in a Diverse Society, UNSW Sydney, 8-9 July, 2004. Funded by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Australian Government Department of Immigration, Multicultural, and Indigenous Affairs, and the UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Faculty of Law.


My Teaching

Areas of HDR supervision

I welcome research students (Ph.D., M.A.) working on topics across political theory and political sociology, including liberty, equality and justice; multiculturalism, ethnicity, religion, nationalism, and citizenship; and explanatory theories of political institutions and behaviour.

Current & Recent Postgraduate Research Supervision

  • Cosmopolitan Citizenship
  • Rationality in Public Policy
  • Minority Language Rights in Colombia
  • Toleration, Respect & Diversity
  • Autonomy and Sex Work
  • Jewish Left-Liberaralism 

Selected Postgraduate Research Completions 

  • Brett Todd, PhD Politics, Linguistic Reparative Justice for Indigenous Peoples? The Case of Policies to Protect Indigenous Languages in Colombia 
  • Ramona Vijeyyarasa, PhD Politics & International Relations, The global traffic of women and girls for sexual and labour exploitation: A comparative assessment of the presumed underlying causes of trafficking from Ghana, Ukraine and Vietnam
  • Kudzai Matereke, PhD Philosophy, Citizenship and cultural gobalization
  • Peter Balint, PhD Politics, Respect, toleration and diversity  
  • Louise Leibowitz, MA Politics, The politics of pressure: Jewish liberalism in aparthied South Africa
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Location

137 Morven Brown

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 1376
+61 (2) 9385 1040