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Dr Leonie Smith

Dr Leonie Smith


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU


I am a Lecturer in the Philosophy department. Prior to this, I taught and lectured at the University of Manchester.

I work in social philosophy on questions which cross into political theory, ethics, global justice, social epistemology and social metaphysics. My PhD project – Epistemic exclusion and epistemic self-defence: collective and individual responsibilities, rights and harms – brought some of these themes together. You can find details of my publications and other research activity on my personal website here.


I came to Cardiff as a lecturer in 2021. Prior to this, I taught and lectured at the University of Manchester, where I was the Analysis Trust Studentship post-holder for 2020-21, and also completed my PhD.

In 2019 I was the recipient of the University of Manchester Distinguished Achievement Presidential Medal, and their Faculty of Humanities award for Postgraduate Researcher of the year.

Prior to my PhD I received my BA(hons) in PPE from the University of Oxford in 2015, and completed the MLitt in Philosophy (with Distinction) at the University of St Andrews in 2016.


I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Teaching at Cardiff:

  • UG courses taught or co-taught: Critical Thinking, Moral and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Contemporary Politics, Ethics of the Social World.
  • PG courses taught: Philosophical Research and Communications Skills.

Teaching awards: In 2020 I was awarded the Faculty of Humanities Outstanding Teaching Award at the University of Manchester. In 2018 I was awarded their departmental teaching prize.

Areas of expertise