Colin Goad

St Peter's College
DPhil Politics

I am a DPhil student in political theory in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. My doctoral research focuses on the nature of our interest in living a rich interpersonal life and state obligations to support this interest. I am jointly supervised by Dr. Daniel Butt and Professor David Miller.

My broader research interests include:

  • Housing Justice

  • Political Obligation and State Authority

  • The Site and Scope of Distributive Justice

  • Neo-Kantian Political Philosophy

  • Normative Political Economy


Before beginning my DPhil, I completed an MPhil in political theory, also at the University of Oxford. My MPhil thesis, supervised by Professor Zofia Stemplowska, critiqued existing relational statist accounts of global justice, and presented a nonrelational dignitarian alternative. Before my graduate studies I worked in the Office of the Mayor of Toronto and for the Strategic Regional Research Alliance, a Toronto-based public transportation think tank. I completed my BA(Hons) at Queen’s University, where my fourth-year thesis project was supervised by Professor Margaret Moore.

I teach undergraduate tutorials in the Introduction to Politics and Theory of Politics papers, as well as the Advanced Paper in Theories of Justice. I also lead graduate political theory seminars for the Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford.