Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Sophia Hatzisavvidou

A lecturer in politics with expertise in political rhetoric and communication

Lecturer in PoliticsPhD

1 West North 4.37a
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5729

Twitter (@DrSophiaH)


Sophia joined the Department in September 2017 as a Lecturer in Politics. She holds a PhD in Political Theory and has previously taught politics and rhetoric at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2016 she was awarded an Early Career Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust to study various aspects of environmental rhetoric and political communication. The project, entitled 'Green Arguments: Scientific Evidence and Political Persuasion', explores themes such as: continuity and transformation in environmental disputes, the complex relation between political ideology and scientific evidence, and the role of experts in democracy. More broadly, the project contributes to political theories of the situated and contextual nature of political argumentation.

Research interests

  • Rhetoric and Political Communication
  • Environmental Politics
  • Political Ideologies
  • Democratic Theory
  • Social Movements and Contestation

Current projects

  • Scientific Evidence and Political Persuasion



Hatzisavvidou, S., 2016. Appearances of Ethos in Political Thought:The Dimension of Practical Reason. Rowman & Littlefield.

Book Sections

Hatzisavvidou, S., 2017. Dwelling Politically:Reading Heidegger in the ‘Anthropocene’. In: Cerella, A. and Odysseos, L., eds. Heidegger and the Global Age. Rowman & Littlefield. (New Heidegger Research)

Hatzisavvidou, S., 2017. Demanding the Alternative: The Rhetoric of the UK Anti-austerity Movement. In: Atkins, J. and Gaffney, J., eds. Voices of the UK Left. London: Palgrave, pp. 211-230.


Hatzisavvidou, S., 2017. Disputatious rhetoric and political change:The case of the Greek anti-mining movement. Political Studies, 65 (1), pp. 215-230.

Hatzisavvidou, S., 2015. Defending the Indefensible:Obama’s Rhetoric in the Aftermath of the "Torture Report". Global Discourse, 5 (4), pp. 602-615.

Hatzisavvidou, S., 2015. Disturbing Binaries in Political Thought:Silence as Political Activism. Social Movement Studies, 14 (5), pp. 509-522.

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