Chandran Kukathas

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Chandran Kukathas
Born12 September 1957 (1957-09-12) (age 63)
Alma materAustralian National University
University of New South Wales
University of Oxford
OccupationPolitical theorist
EmployerLondon School of Economics

Chandran Kukathas (born 12 September 1957) is a Malaysian-born Australian political theorist and the author of several books. Until 2019 he was Head of the Department of Government at the London School of Economics, where he held a Chair in Political Theory.

Early life[edit]

Chandran Kukathas was born on 12 September 1957 in The Federation of Malaya which later became a part of Malaysia. He obtained a BA in History and Political Science from Australian National University and an MA in Politics from University of New South Wales.[1][2] He earned his DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford,[1][2] where he cofounded the Oxford Hayek Society.[3]


Kukathas has taught at the Australian Defence Force Academy campus of the University of New South Wales, the University of Oxford, and the Australian National University.[1][2] He was the 1986-87 R.C.Hoiles Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Humane Studies 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.[1] 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.

Kukathas holds a chair in Political Theory in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics.[2][4][5] He serves on the advisory board of the Institute of Economic Affairs.[1]

Kukathas supports a radically minimalist form of political liberalism, where there are multiple forms of authority, each of which is legitimate.[6]


  • Kukathas, Chandran (1989). Hayek and Modern Liberalism. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198273264. OCLC 19325329.
  • Kukathas, Chandran; Pettit, Phillip (1990). Rawls: A Theory of Justice and Its Critics. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. ISBN 9780804717687. OCLC 23017999.
  • Kukathas, Chandran (2003). The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199257546. OCLC 60561912.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Advisory Board: Chandran Kukathas". Institute of Economic Affairs. Archived from the original on 3 October 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Chandran Kukathas". Independent Institute. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  3. ^ "History". Oxford Hayek Society. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Professor Chandran Kukathas". London School of Economics. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  5. ^ Magistad, Mary Kay (22 September 2016). "An argument for (more) open borders: Whose Century Is It?". (Public Radio International). Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  6. ^ Moon, J. Donald (January 2005). "Chandran Kukathas, The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom" Book Review". Ethics. 115 (2): 422–427. doi:10.1086/426351. S2CID 171346848.