Researcher

Associate Professor Geoffrey Brahm Levey

My Expertise

Citizenship, democracy, multiculturalism, ethnicity, religion, and national identity issues, Jewish political behaviour

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Political theory and political philosophy, Citizenship, Race, ethnicity and law

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Biography

I am an Associate Professor in Political Science in the School of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. I research in contemporary political theory, with particular reference to liberal democracy, multiculturalism, ethnicity, religion, nationalism, and citizenship. I was the last Associate Dean Research for the UNSW Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences before it was reborn, out of COVID, in its present amalgamated form. From 2012-2016, I was an...view more

I am an Associate Professor in Political Science in the School of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. I research in contemporary political theory, with particular reference to liberal democracy, multiculturalism, ethnicity, religion, nationalism, and citizenship. I was the last Associate Dean Research for the UNSW Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences before it was reborn, out of COVID, in its present amalgamated form. From 2012-2016, I was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, working on the project, 'An Australian Dilemma: Liberal Democracy, Cultural Diversity and the Quest for National Identity'. My initial appointment at UNSW was to establish and direct the Program in Jewish Studies. Some of my early publications were on Jewish political thought and American Jewish liberalism. My work has been published in such journals as Political Theory, The Monist, Philosophy of the Social SciencesBritish Journal of Political Science, Political StudiesCitizenship StudiesEthnicities, Griffith ReviewAJS Review, and Studies in Contemporary Jewry. I am presently completing a book on the 'Australian dilemma' mentioned above, and editing the Research Handbook on Multiculturalism for Edward Elgar Publishing UK. 

I earned my PhD from Brown University, and hold a Masters in Social Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA from the University of Queensland.

Prior to my UNSW appointment, I held the Anna Biegun Warburg Junior Research Fellowship in Human and Social Sciences, University of Oxford. During my time at UNSW, I have been a British Academy visiting fellow at the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol, and held visiting research fellowships at the Centre for the Study of Social Justice, University of Oxford, the Institute of Advanced Study of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts, Brussels, the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, and the Political Theory Program, Australian National University. In 2015, I 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 2017, I held the Richard Hodder-Williams Visiting Fellowship, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol, UK.


My Grants

  • Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, “An Australian Dilemma: Liberal Democracy, Cultural Diversity, and the Quest for National Identity,”  2012-2016
  • UNSW Goldstar Award, “The Hyphen in ‘The Melting-Pot’,” 2012
  • UNSW Faculty Research Grant,“The Hyphen in ‘The Melting-Pot’,” 2011
  • Harvard University Committee on Australian Studies conference grant for Citizenship in a Globalized World: Perspectives from the Immigrant Democracies, UNSW, Sydney, 14-15 July 2010
  • Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship grant for Citizenship in a Globalized World: Perspectives from the Immigrant Democracies, UNSW, Sydney, 14-15 July 2010
  • UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences conference grant for Citizenship in a Globalized World: Perspectives from the Immigrant Democracies, UNSW, Sydney, 14-15 July 2010
  • UNSW Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law grant for Citizenship in a Globalized World: Perspectives from the Immigrant Democracies, UNSW, Sydney, 14-15 July 2010
  • Australian Research Council—Academy of the Social Sciences Linkage Special Projects grant, “Integration and Multiculturalism – A Harmonious Combination”: member, national research team (M. Clyne, J. Jupp, RT Appleyard; GJ Hugo; CB Inglis; S-E Khoo; K Kirsher; G.B. Levey, and A. Markus), 2008-09
  • Australian Research Council ‘Discovery’ Grant, “Autonomy, Liberalism, and the Right to Culture”, Sole Chief Investigator, 2007-2009
  • Major Conference grant, UNSW Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences: Religion and Multicultural Citizenship, 2003

My Qualifications

BA Qld, MSocSci Hebrew University of Jerusalem, AM 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, 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, 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 Research Activities

  • The Web of Autonomy in Liberal Democracies
  • An Australian Dilemma: Liberal Democracy, Cultural Diversity and the Quest for National Identity - book project
  • In Defence of Liberal Nationalism - book project
  • Editor, The Elgar Research Handbook on Multiculturalism (Edward Elgar, UK, in process)

My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

I welcome research students 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

  • The Concepts of 'Friend' and 'Enemy' in Politics
  • Truth and Politics
  • Cosmopolitan Citizenship
  • Rationality in Public Policy
  • Minority Language Rights in Colombia
  • Toleration, Respect & Diversity
  • Autonomy and Sex Work
  • Jewish Left-Liberalism 

Selected Postgraduate Research Completions 

  • Stuart Weierter, PhD Politics, Public Policy, Truth and Politics
  • 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

Currently supervising

Octaviano Arruda, 'Friend and Enemy: Reflection on Damaged Relations, Citizenship, Exclusion, and the Erosion of Democracy and Human Rights'


My Engagement

  • Expert Assessor for the Global Pluralism Monitor, Global Centre for Pluralism, Ottawa, Canada, 2020-
  • Member, Democracy DNA Advisory Group, Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra 2020-
  • Editorial Board, Ethnicities [SAGE], 2021-
  • International Advisory Board, Ethnicities [SAGE], 2012-2020
  • My research featured in Research Outreach: Connecting Science with Society, Issue 112 (2020), 46-49.
  • Academic Advisory Board, PLURISPACE: Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe, A Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Joint Research Programme project, 2019-2022
  • Contributor, Go8 Universities Submission to the Australian Senate (Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee) Inquiry into Nationhood, National Identity and Democracy, 2019

My Teaching

 Current:

  • ARTS2820 Justice
  • ARTS4268 Methodologies in the Social Sciences: Paradoxes and Puzzles

Previously:

  • ARTS3821 The Politics of Identity in the 21st Century
  • ARTS3841 Politics: Theory and Practice
  • ARTS1844 Politics and Principles: An Introduction to Modern Political Theory
  • ARTS2846 Multiculturalism in Law and Politics
  • POLS4000 Australian National Identity
  • POLS3910 The Art of Political Science
  • POLS2033 Jews in Modern Society
  • POLS2034 Jews, States, and Citizenship
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Location

137 Morven Brown

Contact

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