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Lawrence Hamilton

College positions:
Political Studies
Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor Lawrence Hamilton

Lawrence Hamilton is Professor of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).

He holds the SA-UK Bilateral Research Chair in Political Theory, Wits and Cambridge, where he teaches and researches in political theory, the history of political and economic and South African politics and intellectual history. He has held visiting positions in Salvador, Caracas, Cape Town and Cambridge; is an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); and is editor-in-chief of Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory.

Professor Hamilton is currently working on a book on the future of democracy. He co-founded and co-directs the Association of Political Theory in Africa (APTA) and founded and directs the Witwatersrand-Cambridge Exchange Programme. He is the recipient of many awards for research excellence and is the only political scientist ever to receive an A-rating from the South African National Research Foundation (NRF).

Select publications

  • How To Read Amartya Sen (Penguin, 2020)
  • Amartya Sen (Polity, 2019)
  • Freedom is Power: Liberty Through Political Representation (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • Are South Africans Free? (Bloomsbury, 2014)
  • The Political Philosophy of Needs (Cambridge University Press, 2003)