About me

Leonie Smith is a doctoral candidate in Philosophy at the University of Manchester, with primary interests in social epistemology, social metaphysics, and material injustice. Her PhD project brings these themes together, examining the connections between material exclusion, personhood status, social knowledge, and epistemic harm. She has additionally published on the problem of the reliable liar for sensitivity-based accounts of testimonial knowledge, on the nature of harm in the case of global poverty (forthcoming), and on corporate personhood rights. Leonie was awarded the International Social Ontology Society‘s inaugural essay prize  for early career scholars (up to six years post-PhD), for the latter of these, in 2017.

Leonie has recently been awarded a funded Visiting Fellowship at The Tilburg Center for Logic, Ethics, and Philosophy of Science at the University of Tilburg (Netherlands), which she will be taking up in September of this year. Prior to this in 2018 Leonie will be presenting on her research in Leeds, London, Manchester and Oxford in the UK, and in Lund, Vienna, Braga, Pavia, Hannover and Cologne (Europe), Melbourne (Australia), and Boston (US),  alongside co-convening the 2018 Royal Institute of Philosophy three-part conference series on ‘Personhood and Selfhood’ (additionally sponsored by the AHRC). She will also be serving on the organising committees of various student conferences at the University of Manchester and continuing to convene the Manchester PhD Philosophy seminar series.

Outside of her research and teaching commitments Leonie volunteers as a MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) UK mentor and works with talented year 12 students from backgrounds currently under-represented in higher education, as a Manchester Access Programme tutor, as well as presenting and mentoring at various local school-based events. Since late 2017, she has also held the roles of Administrator for The Mind Association, and Editorial Assistant for the journal, Global Justice: Theory, Practice, Rhetoric.

Leonie’s work is generously funded by a doctoral studentship award from The University of Manchester. Prior to her PhD she earned her BA in PPE at the University of Oxford in 2015, and completed the MLitt in Philosophy (with distinction) at the University of St Andrews in 2016. For details of additional funding and awards received, or for further information regarding her work and experience please get in touch at L.smith@manchester.ac.uk.