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Dr David Blunt

Lecturer in International Politics

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of International Politics

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Gwilym David Blunt is a Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of International Politics at City, University of London. He was previously a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and a fellow of Corpus Christi College. He took his doctorate from University College London, for his thesis: Transnational Philanthropy, Justice, and Domination.

Research Interests:

His research interests involve contemporary political philosophy and the history of political thought.

Contemporary Political Philosophy:

David's interest in contemporary political philosophy is focussed on transnational socioeconomic justice, the ethics of political violence, as well as conceptions of power and domination. He is also interested in the relationship between ideal theory models and guidance in non-ideal circumstances, with special attention paid to the justifiability of political violence.

The History of Political Thought:

David also works on the history of republican and Marxist political thought. Regarding republicanism, he is interested in the shifting contextual understanding of domination from antiquity to the nineteenth century, but with special interest in the early modern period. As for Marxism, he interested in the development of Marxist theory and its influence on the culture in pre-revolutionary parties and the self-understanding of revolutionaries.


  1. PhD, University College London, London, United Kingdom
  2. MPhil, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  3. BA (hons), University of Western Ontario, London, Canada


  1. Lecturer in International Relations, City, University of London, Sep 2017 – present
  2. Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, Oct 2014 – Sep 2017
  3. Fellow, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, Oct 2013 – Sep 2017
  4. Temporary University Lecturer, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, Oct 2013 – Sep 2014
  5. Teaching Associate, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, Oct 2012 – Jun 2013



  1. Blunt, G.D. (2019). Global Poverty, Injustice, and Resistance. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-70332-1.

Internet publications (8)

  1. Blunt, G. (2021). Once Donald Trump is out of the White House, Americans should write him out of history too. The Conversation.
  2. Blunt, G. (2020). Is political violence ever justifiable? The Conversation.
  3. Blunt, G.D. (2020). Face mask rules: do they really violate personal liberty? The Conversation.
  4. Blunt, G. (2020). Resistance in the Time of Coronavirus. fifteeneightyfour.
  5. Blunt, G. (2020). Why leaders breaking rules is a far more serious attack on our liberty than lockdown itself. The Conversation.
  6. Blunt, G. (2020). Coronavirus: why we should be sceptical about the benevolence of billionaires. The Conversation.
  7. Blunt, G. (2020). Sometimes the most powerful act of resistance is to do nothing. Aeon.
  8. Blunt, G. (2020). The Case for Illegal Immigration. Cambridge Core Blog.

Journal articles (14)

  1. Blunt, G.D. (2020). The case for epistocratic republicanism. Politics, 40(3), pp. 363–376. doi:10.1177/0263395719889563.
  2. Blunt, G.D. (2018). Iilegal immigration as resistance to global poverty. Raisons Politiques, 69(1), pp. 83–99. doi:10.3917/rai.069.0083.
  3. Blunt, G.D. (2018). Book Review: Dustin Ells Howes, Freedom Without Violence: Resisting the Western Political Tradition. Political Studies Review, 16(1). doi:10.1177/1478929917724389.
  4. Blunt, G.D. (2018). Book Review: Radicals, Revolutionaries and Terrorists68.1414 BeckColin J. — Radicals, Revolutionaries and Terrorists (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Political Studies Review15(4), Nov. 2017: 601. International Political Science Abstracts, 68(1), pp. 141–141. doi:10.1177/002083451806800122.
  5. Blunt, G.D. (2017). Book Review: Colin J Beck, Radicals, Revolutionaries and Terrorists. Political Studies Review, 15(4), pp. 601–601. doi:10.1177/1478929917718674.
  6. Blunt, G.D. (2017). Is there a human right to resistance? Human Rights Quarterly, 39(4), pp. 860–881. doi:10.1353/hrq.2017.0052.
  7. Blunt, G.D. (2017). Book Review: Sarah Fine and Lea Ypi (eds), Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership. Political Studies Review, 15(1), pp. 89–90. doi:10.1177/1478929916677891.
  8. Blunt, G.D. (2015). Justice in assistance: A critique of the Singer Solution. Journal of Global Ethics, 11(3), pp. 321–335. doi:10.1080/17449626.2015.1055780.
  9. Blunt, G.D. (2015). On the source, site and modes of domination. Journal of Political Power, 8(1), pp. 5–20. doi:10.1080/2158379X.2015.1010800.
  10. Blunt, G.D. (2015). Is global poverty a crime against humanity? International Theory, 7(3), pp. 539–571. doi:10.1017/S1752971915000123.
  11. Blunt, D. (2014). Blame it on the WTO? A human rights critique. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 27(2), pp. 389–391. doi:10.1080/09557571.2014.902630.
  12. Blunt, G.D. (2013). Book Review: Britain and Ireland: Theorizing Power. Political Studies Review, 11(3), pp. 396–397. doi:10.1111/1478-9302.12028_9.
  13. Blunt, G.D. (2011). Thomas Pogge, Politics as Usual: What Lies Behind Pro-Poor Rhetoric. Opticon1826, 6(11). doi:10.5334/opt.111114.
  14. Blunt, G.D. (2011). Transnational Socio-economic Justice and the Right of Resistance. Politics, 31(1), pp. 1–8. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9256.2010.01396.x.