Dr Maeve McKeown

PhD, MA (UCL), BSocSci (Manchester)


Junior Research Fellow in Politics

Maeve Mckeown is a Junior Research Fellow in Political Theory. Previously she held a post-doctoral research fellowship at “Justitia Amplificata” (Goethe University Frankfurt) and has taught at the University of Cambridge. 

Dr McKeown is class convenor in 'Foundations of Political Philosophy,' Masters of Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government and supervises undergraduate theses.




Dr McKeown PhD thesis was entitled “Responsibility without Guilt: A Youngian Approach to Responsibility for Global Injustice”.  It is a critical development of Iris Marion Young’s theory of individuals’ political responsibility for global injustice, such as sweatshop labour and poverty. During this JRF  she is developing this research into a book.

Her other research interests include reparations for historical injustice, particularly Caribbean slavery, and feminism.


Public Engagement

Dr McKeown is convener of the St Hilda's Feminist Salon.

She was a member of the editorial collective New Left Project for three years, where she commissioned articles, and wrote feature articles and blog posts. She has also written for Open Democracy.


"Iris Marion Young's Social Connection Model of Responsibility: Clarifying the Meaning of Connection," Journal of Social Philosophy, (forthcoming)

"Sweatshirt Labour as Global Structural Exploitation," in Monique Deveaux and Vida Panitch eds., Exploitation: From Practice to Theory, (London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)

"Global Structural Exploitation: Towards an Intersectional Definition," Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric, Vol.9, No.2, 2016

“Individuals as Agents of Justice: The Political Responsibility to Participate in Global Civil Society,” in Ernest-Marie Mbonda and Theirry Ngosso eds., Théories de la Justice: Justice Globale, Agents de la Justice et Questions Genre, Séminaires Doctoraux de Yaoundé 2012-14, (Louvain: Presses Universitaires de Louvain, 2016)