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Normative dimensions of democratic citizenship
Political consumerism
South African citizenship law and practice
Normative dimensions of global and international justice
Collective responsibility

Dr Christine Hobden

Senior lecturer

DPhil in Politics
Organisational Unit
Wits School of Governance

Christine Hobden is a senior lecturer in Ethics and Public Governance. She holds a DPhil in Politics (Political Theory) from Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Before joining Wits School of Governance, Hobden lectured in Philosophy at the University of Fort Hare (2017 – 2021) and held a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute (2015 – 2016). In 2023, she was awarded a Y1 Research Rating for emerging scholars by the South African National Research Foundation.

Hobden recently held an Iso Lomso Fellowship for early career African Scholars at the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study (2019 – 2022). She is an editor at Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory and a part of the leadership of the Association of Political Theory in Africa (APTA).

Her research explores normative questions about democratic citizenship and international justice. Her book, Citizenship in a Globalised World, conceptualises a state-based citizenship that is fundamentally collective and globally-oriented. Her current research projects develop an account of political consumerism as a channel of civic responsibility and, drawing on the life and work of Rick Turner, an argument for becoming ‘engaged political philosophers’.



1. Review of Avia Pasternak’s Responsible Citizens, Irresponsible States: Should Citizens Pay for Their State’s Wrongdoing? (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021)
Res Publica
2023/03 | journal-article
DOI: 10.1007/s11158-022-09572-1

2. South Africa's Vaccine Roll-Out and Its Potential Costs to Our Social Contract
2022/12/01 | journal-article
DOI: 10.3167/th.2022.6917303
ISSN: 0040-5817
ISSN: 1558-5816

3. Facing up to complexity again: author’s reply to critics
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
2022/05/16 | journal-article
DOI: 10.1080/13698230.2022.2075151
ISSN: 1369-8230
ISSN: 1743-8772

4. “What Would You Have Wakanda Do about It?”
Black Panther and Philosophy
2022/01/11 | book-chapter
DOI: 10.1002/9781119635871.ch4

5. Citizenship from the Couch: Public Engagement and Private Norms in the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond
Philosophical Papers
2021/09/02 | journal-article
DOI: 10.1080/05568641.2022.2026246
ISSN: 0556-8641
ISSN: 1996-8523

6. Citizenship in a Globalised World
Routledge Press
2021/05/04 | book
ISBN: ISBN9780367767297

7. Territorial Sovereignty: A Discussion
Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory
2020/06/01 | journal-article

8. Shrinking South Africa: Hidden Agendas in South African Citizenship Practice
2019/11/15 | journal-article
DOI: 10.1080/02589346.2019.1691813
ISSN: 0258-9346
ISSN: 1470-1014

9. Unequal Political Engagement and the Possible Risks to Democracy
Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory
2018/09 | journal-article

10. Global justice, states, and the relational view
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
2017/11/04 | journal-article

11. Taking up the slack: The duties of source state citizens in the brain drain crisis
South African Journal of Philosophy
2017/01 | journal-article