Alexa Zellentin



Visiting Professor


St. George,


  • MA, University of Leipzig
  • MSc, University of Oxford
  • PhD, University of Oxford


Alexa Zellentin received her doctoral degree from the University of Oxford in 2009 and  is a tenured assistant professor at the School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin. She is visiting the Department of Philosophy at U of T from February until August 2020. She teaches and publishes in the areas of social and political philosophy. Alexa’s current research focuses on the question of how political institutions should respond to cultural, religious, and ideological differences that lead to disagreements about the relative importance of different values. Her research branches out to approach these questions, on the one hand, in the context of value education in schools and, on the other hand, in view of the global challenge of responding appropriately to the different threats and losses linked to anthropogenic climate change. Alexa is also interested in questions of rectificatory justice, particularly in how to conceptualize the “cultural” loss suffered by communities whose traditional ways of life become impossible due to climatic changes in a way that allows for considering these kinds of losses for the purposes of compensation. What do those mainly responsible for driving climate change owe, for example, to the inhabitants of countries like Kiribati and Tuvalu who will within the coming decades lose their territory, their statehood, and thus the environmental and institutional foundations of their communal cultural practices? Alexa also serves as book review editor for Ethical Theory and Moral Practice and is a committee member of the Association for Social and Political Philosophy.

Research Interests:

Social and Political Philosophy