David is currently Professor of Political Theory, University of Oxford and Official Fellow in Social and Political Theory, Nuffield College Oxford. He was elected to a Fellowship of the British Academy in 2002.
He holds a BA in Mathematics and Moral Sciences, Selwyn College, Cambridge, BPhil in Politics, Balliol College Oxford and a DPhil in Politics, Balliol College Oxford.
He has taught, researched and supervised graduate students for over thirty years at Oxford, having previously held lectureships at the Universities of Lancaster and East Anglia. He has held visiting positions at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, the University of Melbourne, Australia, Rhodes University, South Africa and the University of Uppsala, Sweden. He has given lectures at many universities in the U.S., including Princeton University, New York University, Columbia University, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, Tulane University and the University of Arizona. In 2007 he delivered the Wesson Lectures on Democracy at Stanford University, and in 2008 the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Tsinghua University, Beijing. In 2011 he delivered the Kobe Memorial lecture in Kyoto as a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
David has written nine books and edited a number of others. Among his more recent works are On Nationality (1995), Principles of Social Justice (1999) and National Responsibility and Global Justice (2007). His Political Philosophy: a Very Short Introduction (2003) has been translated into six other languages. He has acted as political philosophy editor for the Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy and co-edited the Oxford Political Theory series since 1995. He is currently an Associate Editor of Ethics, and serves on the boards of The Journal of Political Philosophy, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, The European Political Science Review, and Public Policy Research.
During his time at Oxford, he has served as Senior Tutor of Nuffield College, Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Politics and International Relations, and a University Proctor.