Dr Lior Erez is the Alfred Landecker Postdoctoral Fellow and an associate member of Nuffield College. He is a normative political theorist, working primarily at the intersection between international relations, global ethics, and politics of citizenship and migration. His current book project focuses on practices in naturalisation policy beyond immigration and residence, such as citizenship for sale, citizenship as reparation for historical injustice, and citizenship as reward for heroic actions. He is interested in the way these new practices relate to the changing nature of the institution of citizenship as a response to economic globalisation, transnational identities, and the marketisation and commodification of citizenship. In addition, he also works on other topics such as the ethics of war, international aid, and cosmopolitanism.

He holds a PhD in Political Theory from University College London and an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge. Before joining the school, he was a Departmental Lecturer in Theory of Politics at the Department of Politics & International Relations at the University of Oxford, in association with Worcester College; A Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, The Law, Ethics and Markets Programme in the Edmond J. Safra Centre for Ethics at Tel Aviv University, the Minerva Centre for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the MINDSS interdisciplinary programme at the University of Haifa; and a Teaching Associate in Ethics and World Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge.

His work has appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Ethics & International Affairs, Social Theory and Practice, and World Development. He is also the author of chapters in edited collections on liberal nationalism, the ethics of migration, and investment citizenship.

For more information, visit Lior Erez’s personal website.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “Motivational Facts, Legitimacy, and the Justification of Political Ideals”, Res Publica, Online First. [2023]
  • “The Flag and the Stick: Aid Suspensions, Human Rights, and the Problem of the Complicit Public”, World Development, Vol. 168, 2023. [Co-authored with Niheer Dasandi].
  • “Not Yours to Sell: The Case against Private Citizenship Markets”, Political Research Quarterly, Vol 76 (3), September 2023: pp. 1089-1101.
  • “In for a Penny, or: If You Disapprove of Investment Migration, Why Do You Approve of High-Skilled Migration?”, Moral Philosophy and Politics, Vol 8 (1), April 2021: pp. 155-178.
  • “Think Local, Act Global: Civic Vigilance as Cosmopolitan Political Motivation”, Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol 51 (4), Winter 2020: pp. 628-644.
  • “Liberal Nationalism, Immigration, and the Problem of Multiple National Identities”, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Vol 23 (4), June 2020: pp. 495-517.
  • “Cosmopolitan Patriotism as a Civic Ideal”, American Journal of Political Science, Vol 64 (1), January 2020: pp. 191-203. [co-authored with Cécile Laborde]
  • “The Donor’s Dilemma: International Aid and Human Rights Violations”, British Journal of Political Science, Vol. 49 (4), October 2019: pp. 1431-1452. [co-authored with Niheer Dasandi]
  • “Pro Mundo Mori? The Problem of Cosmopolitan Motivation in War”, Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 31 (2), July 2017: pp. 143-165.
  • “Anti-Cosmopolitanism and the Motivational Preconditions for Social Justice”, Social Theory and Practice, Vol. 43 (2), April 2017: pp. 249-282.
  • “Cosmopolitanism, Motivation, and Normative Feasibility”, Ethics & Global Politics, Vol. 8(1), March 2015: pp. 43-55.
  • “Reconsidering Richard Rorty’s Private-Public Distinction”, Humanities Vol. 2(2), May 2013 (Special Issue: The Legacy of Richard Rorty, ed. N. Gascoigne): pp. 193-208
  • “How Gap, Inc. Engaged with Its Stakeholders” MIT Sloan Management Review, Vol. 52 No. 4 (Summer 2011): pp. 69-76 [co-authored with N. Craig Smith and Sean Ansett]

Review Articles and Symposia Contributions

  • “Too Hot or Too Cold: Pledges of Allegiance and the Liberal Dilemma”, GLOBALCIT Online symposium, [ a-naturalisation-oath/2/]
  • “What (Exactly) is Wrong with Weaponizing Citizenship?” in in N. Jain and R. Bauböck,(eds.), Weaponised Citizenship : Should International Law Restrict Oppressive Nationality Attribution?, EUI, RSC, Working Paper, 2023/54, Global Governance Programme, GLOBALCIT. []: pp. 47-50.
  • “Neo-Orthodoxy in the Morality of War”, Review article of Arthur Ripstein’s Kant and the Law of War, Yitzhak Benbaji and Daniel Statman’s War by Agreement, and Ester Herlin- Karnell and Enzo Rossi (eds.), The Public Uses of Coercion and Force, Jus Cogens, Vol. 4 (2022): pp. 317-328.
  • “What is Political about Political Self-Deception?”, Ethics & Global Politics (Symposium contribution on Anna Elisabetta Galeotti, Political Self-Deception, ed. Alasia Nuti and Gabriele Badano), Vol 13 (4), December 2020: pp. 38-47

Chapters in Edited Books

  • "A Blocked Exchange? Investment Citizenship and the Limits of the Commodification Objection”. in D. Kochenov and K. Surak (eds.) Citizenship and Residence Sales: Rethinking the Boundaries of Belonging. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023: 335-360.
  • “Where the Heart Is: Liberal Nationalism, Social Trust, and Multiple National Belongings” in G. Gustavsson and D. Miller (eds.), Liberal Nationalism and its Critics: Normative and Empirical Questions. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020: 249-268.
  • “Patriotism, Nationalism and the Motivational Critique of Cosmopolitanism” in Mitja Sardoč (ed.), Handbook of Patriotism, New York, NY: Springer, 2017.