Chandran Kukathas

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Chandran Kukathas (born 12 September 1957) is a Malaysian-born Australian political theorist known for his work on multiculturalism and liberalism. Kukathas currently holds a chair in Political Theory in the Department of Government, at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).[1]

Kukathas obtained a BA in History and Political Science from Australian National University, and an MA in Politics from University of New South Wales. He earned his DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford.

Kukathas has taught at the Australian Defence Force Academy campus of the University of New South Wales, University of Oxford, and the Australian National University. He was the 1986-87 R.C.Hoiles Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute at George Mason University. He was, from 2003-2007, the Neal A. Maxwell Professor of Political Theory, Public Policy and Public Service in the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah. He has held visiting positions at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University (1991) and the Murphy Institute, Tulane University (2003). He has also been a visiting professor in the departments of Political Science and Philosophy at the National University of Singapore.


  • The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom (Oxford, 2003)[2]
  • Rawls: A Theory of Justice and Its Critics (with Philip Pettit, Polity and Stanford, 1990)
  • Hayek and Modern Liberalism (Oxford, 1989)


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