Department of Political Science


Dr John Wilesmith

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Dr John Wilesmith

Teaching Fellow in Political Theory

Teaching Fellow in Political Theory & Programme Director, MA Legal and Political Theory (Term 1)


John Wilesmith joined UCL as a Teaching Fellow in Political Theory in January 2018. Prior to this John taught political theory in the Department of Political Economy, King’s College London. He holds an AHRC-funded PhD in Political Theory and an MA in Legal and Political Theory (Distinction) both from UCL.


  • Wilesmith, J., 2015. Social Equality and the Corporate Governance of a Property-Owning Democracy. Diacritica, 29(2), pp.87–108.
  • Wilesmith, J., 2018. Review: Republic of Equals: Predistribution and Property-Owning Democracy, Alan Thomas. Economics and Philosophy, 34(1), pp.114-120.


In 2018/19 John is teaching Meanings of Liberty: Applied Methods in Political Theory (Postgraduate), Authority, Democracy and Resistance (Undergraduate) and co-teaching Introduction to Politics (Undergraduate). He will also be the Programme Director of the MA in Legal and Political Theory during the autumn term. 

In 2017/18 he taught Contemporary Political Philosophy II: Social Justice and Equality (Postgraduate).