Professor Garrett Wallace Brown

Professor Garrett Wallace Brown


I joined POLIS in 2017 from the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. Prior to that I worked on the project for Global Institutional Design (GID) in the Centre for Global Governance at the London School of Economics. I have a BA in Political Science from the University of California Berkeley as well as a degree in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California Berkeley, Boalt School of Law. I obtained an MSc in Political Theory as well as my PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. My PhD dissertation examined the cosmopolitan political and legal theory of Immanuel Kant, which was awarded the McKenzie Prize for best dissertation in Political Science and the British Political Science Association Sir Ernest Barker Prize for best Dissertation in Political Theory.

I am Co-Lead for the University of Leeds Health Theme and Chief Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations.


  • Co-Lead University of Leeds Health Theme
  • Impact Champion POLIS

Research interests

My research cuts across a number of interdisciplinary boundaries.

In political theory my interests include Immanuel Kant’s political and legal theory, cosmopolitanism, deliberative theory and practice, the laws of hospitality and debates about global justice.

In global health policy my interests include global health governance, global health financing, African development and health, SDG 3.8 for universal health coverage, the partnership agenda, health system strengthening, health security, and normative commitments to the health of others.

In international relations, my interests include ethical debates about humanitarian intervention, the R2P, the saliency of global constitutionalism, debates in international legal theory, global food justice and security, and global governance, particularly issues of global health leadership.

Despite this multifaceted agenda, there is a clear research unifier, which focuses on issues concerning global collective action problems, particularly issues concerning normative and practical considerations of global justice.

I am currently collaborating and delivering policy relevant research with the Ministry of Health Zimbabwe, the National Institute of Health Research Zimbabwe, EQUINET Africa, the Training and Research Support Centre, and the Ministry of Health Mozambique. In the past my research has informed health policy for the Department of Health Western Cape, the South African Ministry of Health, the Eastern, Central and Southern African Health Community (ECSA-HC), and the Government of Lesotho.

I am currently involved in a three year Medical Research Council grant project on results-based health financing and African health systems strengthening.

Grounding Cosmopolitanism: From Kant to the Idea of a Cosmopolitan Constitution

The Cosmopolitanism Reader

The Handbook of Global Health Policy

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  • PhD London School of Economics and Political Science
  • MSc Political Theory London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Jurisprudence and Social Policy, Boalt School of Law University of California Berkeley
  • BA Political Science University of California Berkeley

Professional memberships

  • International Studies Association
  • Political Studies Association UK
  • Health Systems Global
  • Senior Fellow at the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  • European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  • Public Philosophy Network
  • Editorial Board - Philosophy Series Rowman & Littlefield
  • Global Policy North
  • Editorial Board - International Political Theory

Student education

Teaching is an important aspect of my research and personal intellectual development. My teaching philosophy is to engage with students as intellectuals who have meaningful insights into current research debates and questions. I am committed to providing both intellectually stimulating and high quality teaching. In pursuit this I have been awarded nine teaching prizes from five different organizations.

 I teach on PEID 5626 Global Justice in the second semester as well as provide UG, MA and PGR dissertation supervision. My door is always open for discussions related to my research interests regardless if you are my student or not.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Contemporary Political Theory

Current postgraduate researchers

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