Puneet Dhaliwal | Student | Profiles
Puneet Dhaliwal

Mr Puneet Dhaliwal

Research topic:
A Decolonial Approach to Cosmopolitan Democratic Theory
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Political Theory Citizenship Democratic theory Social movements Democracy and Democratic Theory Groups, Identities and Social Movements 

Academic Profile

I am currently a final-year DPhil candidate in political theory at St. Cross College, writing a thesis on cosmopolitan democracy. Prior to beginning my doctoral studies, I completed an MPhil (with Distinction) in Politics: Political Theory at University College, Oxford and a BA (First Class Honours) in Philosophy, Politics & Economics at the University of Warwick.

In my DPhil thesis, I critically examine the burgeoning field of cosmopolitan democratic theory, which is concerned with rethinking democracy beyond the nation-state in response to contemporary globalization. Specifically, I draw on Latin American decolonial thought in order to advance a critique of the Eurocentrism characterizing many theories of cosmopolitan democracy. Thereafter, I engage in a theoretical study of the indigenous Zapatista movement with a view to outlining an alternative decolonial approach to theorizing democracy in the context of neoliberal globalization.

Alongside this project, I have also pursued wider research interests encompassing critical social theory (especially radical democracy), European and Latin American social movements, postcolonial and decolonial thought, and the role of race in global justice theory.

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Teaching expertise

  • Prelims (Theorizing the Democratic State)
  • Theory of Politics
  • Marx and Marxism
  • Sociological Theory


Teaching experience

Lecturer in Politics, Somerville College, Oxford (2014/15)

  • I provide undergraduate teaching in Prelims, Theory of Politics, Marx and Marxism, and Sociological Theory.
  • In addition, I set and mark Collections and organize revision classes.


Tutor in Political Theory (2013 - present)

  • Prelims (St. Peter's College)
  • Sociological Theory (Keble & Balliol)
  • Marx and Marxism (Univ & Magdalen)


Writing-up Studentship, Oxford DPIR (2014)

£2,000 during completion of DPhil thesis.


AHRC Doctoral Studentship, Oxford DPIR (2012)

Full fees and maintenance for doctoral study.


Examiners’ Award, Warwick PPE (2010)

In recognition of scoring the highest degree average (75%) in the year group.


Giving to Warwick Prize, University of Warwick (2010)

In recognition of writing the best thesis (82%) in the Department of Politics & International Studies.


Lord Rootes Memorial Fund Award, University of Warwick (2009)

£3,000 to conduct a research project in Mexico on the indigenous Zapatista movement, involving fieldwork in Chiapas.

£250 prize for producing the best report, as judged by the Fund Committee.



‘Public squares and resistance: the politics of space and the Indignados movement’, Interface, 4:1 (2012), pp. 251-273.

‘Consequentialism and Rights’, The Yale Philosophy Review, 5 (2009), pp. 81-90.


Book Chapters

‘The EZLN and the Mexican State’, in Saer Ba and Immanuel Ness (eds.) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2015).

‘Indigeneity, Zapatista Autonomy and Governing in Diversity’, in Joanne Paul (ed.) Governing Diversities: Democracy, Diversity and Human Nature (Cambridge Scholars, 2012).


Book Reviews

‘Zapatistas: Rebellion from the Grassroots to the Global – by Khasnabish, Alex’, Bulletin of Latin American Research, 31:1 (2012), pp. 130-131.

‘Workers, State and Development in Brazil: Powers of Labour, Chains of Value – by Selwyn, Ben’, Bulletin of Latin American Research (forthcoming 2015).

Conference Papers and Presentations

‘Reading Anarchism Politically: Radical Praxis in Errico Malatesta’s At the Café’, Institute of Historical Research, January 2015.

‘Decolonizing Global Justice Theory’, MANCEPT, September 2014.

‘Zapatista Autonomy: Land and Indigenous Resistance’, York Postcolonial Studies Association Postgraduate Conference, July 2014.

‘Compensatory Justice and Decoloniality’, Newport Conference in Ideals and Reality in Social Ethics’, April 2014.

‘The Coloniality of Compensatory Justice’, Warwick Graduate Conference in Political and Legal Theory, February 2014.

‘Neoliberal Globalization and Agonistic Democracy’, MANCEPT, August 2013.

‘Indigeneity, Zapatista Autonomy, and Diversity’, London Graduate Conference in the History of Political Thought, May 2011.