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Dr. Andrew Shorten

Ph.D., MA, BA


Andrew Shorten is on research leave for the 2019/20 academic year and is currently based in the Institute of Philosophy at KU Leuven. He is a political theorist, working mainly on topics in contemporary political philosophy. He has published book chapters and articles on toleration, religious accommodation, multiculturalism, nationalism, federalism, secession, and language policy, and is author of Contemporary Political Theory (Palgrave) and co-editor of Religion and Political Theory (Rowman and Littlefield). He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at University College London and held a visiting fellowship at the Institute of Philosophy (School of Advanced Studies, University of London). He recently led a research team working on Language Policy and Social Justice, as part of an FP7 project on Mobility and Inclusion in a Multilingual Europe.

Research Interests

Contemporary Political Theory; Multiculturalism; Linguistic Justice; Toleration and Religious Accommodation

Teaching Interests

Professional Activities


  • 2005 University College London - Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow


  • 2005 - Sir Ernest Barker Prize


Peer Reviewed Journal


May Churches Discriminate?
Shorten, A.
Journal of Applied Philosophy' DOI: 10.1111/japp.12343