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Suzanne Whitten - photoSUZANNE WHITTEN

Research Interests

Since 2015, I have been working towards a PhD in political theory. Prior to this, I completed an MA in Moral, Legal and Political Philosophy and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, both also at Queen’s.

Working within the area of normative political theory, my research examines the nature and harm of hate speech through the lens of recognitive account of the public sphere. In particular, I am concerned with how certain types of speech influence the equal moral status of impacted individuals, with a look towards how we might tackle such harms without stifling the expression of free speech.

My research interests (broadly) include multiculturalism, secularism, civic republicanism and recognition theory.