I am a political philosopher and an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University College London. I am also Programme Director of the department’s MA in Legal and Political Theory.

Previously, I have been a Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE (2012-2013); a Research Associate at the School of Philosophy, ANU (June- December 2015); and an academic visitor at ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (October 2018).

I research four issues, united by an emphasis on taking the nature and role of the social realm seriously:

1. Civic virtues and civic vices

2. Social equality, especially the role of social norms and practices in whether we relate as equals

3. Luck, and its lack of significance for our practices of responsibility in moral or political life

4. Facts, and what role they should play in political philosophy


On this website you can find more information about my research and teaching. You can also find me on PhilPapers, or check out my first attempts at growing food on instagram.

Email: e.mcternan [at] ucl.ac.uk

[Website last updated July 2018]