Curriculum Vitae                                                                   
Rebecca Buxton                                                                   

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS 

Unestablished Lecturer in Political Theory, Department of Politics 

University of Cambridge (Sept 2021 - August 2024) 

EDUCATION         

DPhil, Refugee Studies Centre, St John’s College, Oxford , 2018 - present

Thesis: Politics in Exile: Refugees, Membership, and Political Rights 

Supported by the Economic and Social Research Council and St John’s College 

 

MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Lincoln College, Oxford,  2016 - 2017

With distinction. Thesis: The Lie of the Land: Culture, Territory and Reparations for Climate Refugees

Supported by the Kenneth Sewards Shaw Scholarship 

 

BA in Philosophy, King’s College London,  2013 - 2016

First Class. Thesis: Priority, Vulnerability, and Asylum

 

 

RESEARCH AREAS 

 

Areas of Specialization: social and political philosophy, political theory, refugee and forced migration studies

 

Areas of Competence: history of political thought, feminist philosophy, anthropology of migration, women in the history of philosophy

 

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Balliol College Incubator Fund 2019-2020 - £1,500 

Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Essay Prize 2018 - £2,500

Economic and Social Research Council DTP Scholarship 2018-2021 - full tuition and college fees

Lamb and Flag Scholarship (St John’s College) 2018-2021 - full maintenance grant  

MSc Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Best Thesis Prize 2017 - £100 

Lincoln College Distinction Prize 2017 - £100 

Kenneth Sewards Shaw Scholarship (Lincoln College) 2016-2017  - £1,500 


 

BOOKS

 

The Philosopher Queens, Edited by Rebecca Buxton & Lisa Whiting, Unbound, September 2020


 

BOOK CHAPTERS

 

‘Hannah Arendt’ in The Philosopher Queens, Edited by Rebecca Buxton & Lisa Whiting, Unbound, September 17th 2020

 

‘We Must Listen to Climate Refugees Now’, Climate Change and Population Displacement, Greenhaven Publishing, June 2020 (co-authored with Theo Kwek) 


 

BOOK REVIEWS

 

‘Migrants and Militants by Alain Badiou’, 2020, Journal of Refugee Studies, https://doi.org/10.1093/jrs/feaa050

 

‘The Ethics and Practise of Refugee Repatriation by Mollie Gerver’, LSE Review of Books, January 2020


 

POPULAR PUBLICATIONS 

 

‘Women and Public Philosophy’, The View, forthcoming September 2020 

 

‘Who is a refugee?’, American Philosophy Association, 8th April 2020 

 

‘What Love Island teaches us about ‘himpathy’’’ The Guardian, July 13th 2019 (co-authored) 

 

‘What do we owe those displaced by climate change?’ Rethinking Refuge, June 1st 2019

 

‘Reply to Refugia: Nothing Utopian about an Archipelago of Exclusion’, Refugees Deeply, November 8th 2017, (co-authored)

 

‘Between Home and a Hard Place: Paying Refugees to Return’, The Diplomat, October 27th 2017, (co-authored)

 

‘All Refugees Want to Go Home, Right?’ Open Democracy, October 18th 2017 (co-authored)

 

‘In It To Win It: Is Prize-giving bad for Philosophy?’ Finalist of Oxford Practical Ethics Prize, March 2017

 

‘Losing Ground: Listening to the Voices of Climate Refugees’, Open Migration, Feb 8th, 2017 (co-authored)

 

‘Refugees Are Not “Political Resources”: A reply to Alexander Betts’, IRIN News, Jan 27th, 2017 (republished in the International Refugee Law Initiative) (co-authored)

 

‘The Lost Voices of Yarl’s Wood’, Dialogue, Women’s History Month Edition, May 10th, 2015

 

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

 

‘Justice in Waiting: The harms and wrongs of temporary refugee protection’, Normative Theory and Immigration Workshop, (May 2020) 

 

‘The right to family refugee reunion: chosen families and queering refugee studies’, University of Leeds, LGBTQ Asylum and Political Theory Conference (cancelled due to COVID-19)

 

‘Is temporary protection harmful?’, Nuffield Political Theory Seminar (cancelled due to COVID-19)

 

‘Differentiating Refugees: A reply to David Owen’, Philosophy and Borders Symposium, Nuffield College, Oxford (cancelled due to COVID-19) - co-authored with Dr. Jamie Draper

 

‘Is temporary refugee protection harmful?’, Oxford Political Theory Work in Progress Group, Nuffield College (December 2019)

 

‘Do states have a duty to naturalise refugees?’ MANCEPT, Immigration and Democracy Panel (September 2019)

 

‘Refugeehood and Citizenship’, LSE Graduate Conference in Political Theory, London (March 2019) 

 

‘The Lie of the Land: Territory, Culture, and Reparations for Climate Refugees’, Conversazione, University of Oxford, Lincoln College (May 2017) 

 

Selected Talks for The Philosopher Queens 

 

  • University of Bristol (May 2019)

  • City of London School for Girls (January 2019) 

  • Kendrick School for Girls, Reading (November 2018) 

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES 

 

Co-founder of Philosophy and Borders working group at the University of Oxford 

 

Co-organiser of the Department of International Development DPhil Seminar 

 

Women’s Officer at St John’s College MCR 

 

 

TEACHING

 

Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics, St Annes College, Oxford, October 2020 - present

 

Theory of Politics 

History of Political Thought: Plato to Rousseau 

History of Political Thought: Bentham to Weber 

Advanced Topics in Theories of Justice 

 

Tutor, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University, January 2020 - present 

 

Movement and Morality 

 

Tutor, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, October 2019 - present 

 

Foundations in Political Philosophy

 

Tutor, Stanford House - Stanford University, May 2019 - present  

Migration and Refugees in a Global Context 

Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice 

 

Politics Tutor, Oxford Royale (July 2019 -August 2019) 

 

Introduction to Politics and International Relations 

 

 

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE

 

Community Fellow, Oxford - Refugees Deeply (April 2018 - October 2018) 

• Editing op-ed submissions on refugee and forced displacement issues 

• Interviewing, transcribing, and editing ‘When Refugees Lead’ and ‘Photographing Refugees’ series 

 

Parliamentary Researcher, London - House of Commons (July 2017 - September 2018)

• Researching issues including modern slavery, human trafficking, education and The Commonwealth, for Parliamentary debates and reports. 

• Writing and editing book chapters and articles on modern slavery and human trafficking. 

• Organising Parliamentary diary for a Labour MP, including the Department of Work and Pensions Select Committee Hearings and Liaison Committee. 

 

Research Assistant, Oxford - Refugee Studies Centre (March 2017- June 2017)

• Compiling and summarizing policy documents on deportation and denationalisation for Professor Gibney.

• Editing and drafting upcoming articles and book chapters for Professor Gibney.

 

Research Assistant, Oxford - International Migration Institute (April 2017- August 2017) 

• Assisting Dr Dominique Jolivet and her team at the Welfare Migration Project. 

• Developing skills in Nvivo software package to aid qualitative data interpretation.

 

Research Intern, London - UCLA Santa Barbara and The University of Oxford (July- August 2016)

• Assisted Professor Lasala-Blanco in gathering data on the rise of  right-wing populism in Europe.

• Undertook surveys and semi-structured interviews with members of UKIP and Britain First.