Professor Jude Browne

Head at Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge


Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

The Jessica and Peter Frankopan Director of the Centre for Gender Studies, University of Cambridge

Prof Browne's research interests include gender, political theories of equality, political responsibility, public interest, public policy, structural injustice, rights, and technology's impact on society.

Her work has scrutinized critically the explanatory power and prescriptive claims of prominent accounts of gender inequality in several different disciplines. These range from various quantitative metrics of gender inequality as well as sociological, psychological and economic causal theories from the social sciences, through to bio-physiological accounts of gender difference in the natural sciences, through to the more abstract accounts of political philosophy. In relation to these accounts of inequality, she has also analysed potential mechanisms available for the enforcement of social rights in both national and international settings (e.g. the social and legal implications of the implementation of the principle of equal treatment in the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice, with particular reference to sex discrimination).

Prof Browne is also a Fellow and a Director of Studies for Human, Social and Political Sciences (Part II) at King's College.

She is the inaugural winner of the Aaron Rapport Prize, POLIS and winner of the University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize.