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Role: Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics

Udit Bhatia, Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics


I am a Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics at Lady Margaret Hall. I am currently pursuing my DPhil in Political Theory at the Department of Politics and International Relations here at Oxford. I have previously completed an MPhil in Politics and Education (Distinction) at the University of Cambridge, and an MA in Legal and Political Theory (Distinction) at University College London. My first degree was in Philosophy (First Class Honours) from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi. My doctoral research is funded by a DPIR studentship (tuition fees and living expenses). I am currently the Junior Dean at Linacre College.

Research interests

My research interests lie at the intersections of democratic theory, political representation and social epistemology. I am currently examining the exclusion of persons from democratic citizenship on the basis of epistemic inferiority. Among other things, this project engages in a comparative study of Constitutions to understand ways in which the 'incompetence' of citizens has been used to justify their exclusion from a greater share of political power. I am also interested in methodological debates on ideal theory, comparative political theory, and the relationship between normative political theory, history and the social sciences. 

Selected publications


Cracking the Whip: The Deliberative Costs of Strict Party Discipline, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, forthcoming

Bhatia, U. (ed.). (2017). The Indian Constituent Assembly: Deliberations on Democracy. London and New Delhi: Routledge. Available here.

Between Regulation and Minority Educational Rights, Journal of Political Ideologies (forthcoming)

‘Precautions in a Democratic Experiment: The Nexus between Political Power and Competence’. In Constituent Assemblies  eds. Jon Elster, Roberto Gargarella, Vatsal Naresh and Bjorn Rasch. (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Conference Papers and Presentations

2018: Economic Refugees and the Hermeneutical Duty of Justice, the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø
2018: Against Epistocracy: Rethinking the Demographic Objection Workshop in Social and Political Epistemology, Copenhagen University
2017: Cracking the Whip: The Deliberative Harms of Strict Party Discipline Conference on Law and Democracy, Yale Law School
2017: The Epistocratic Second Chamber Legal Studies Conference, Brown University
2016: Precautions in a Democratic Experiment: The Nexus between Political Power and Competency, Columbia University
2015: Mill's Educational (Dis)Qualification, LSE Graduate Conference in Political Theory
2014: Minority Educational Rights in Comparative Perspective Aage Sørensen Memorial Conference, Princeton University