Dr Kasim Khorasanee

Pronouns: He/him

BA Cambridge, MPhil Cambridge, PhD University College London, FHEA

  • University Teacher in Politics and International Relations

Profile

Kasim joined Loughborough University in September 2022. He received both his BA in Social & Political Sciences and MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and studied for his PhD in Political Theory at University College London. He also teaches in the Philosophy Department at the University of Nottingham and previously taught in the Philosophy and Political Economy Departments at King’s College London, the Political Science Department at University College London, and the Politics and International Relations Department at the University of Hertfordshire.

Kasim is a qualified solicitor (non-practising) and previously worked at a City law firm carrying out corporate transactional work, focused on the energy sector. His experience included secondments to a Big Six energy company and the British Civil Service. His recent volunteering experience includes work in legal aid (housing), UCL’s Constitution Unit, and a number of years as a school governor.

Research

Kasim specialises in political theory – researching topics across democratic theory, business ethics, and political epistemology. His PhD research focused on the subject of open- and closed-mindedness in the context of deliberative democratic theory. Drawing on social psychological research into directionally motivated reasoning as well as virtue epistemology he argued that closed-mindedness should be incorporated into – and not wished away – from our theories of democratic legitimacy.

His current research tackles a range of subjects, from conceptual analysis to practical and applied ethical issues. He is investigating the legitimate usage of ‘spoofing’ techniques in high frequency trading on financial markets, suggesting that they may be morally justified to ward off high-frequency algorithmic traders and to balance market power towards ‘hedgers’ in such markets. Drawing on his PhD research he is developing a novel account of open-mindedness, conceptualising it as a form of impartiality whose appropriateness will depend significantly on the specific context it is used in. Finally he is working on a paper analysing the ‘marketplace of ideas’ metaphor often used in free speech debates. Drawing on findings regarding information asymmetry in economics and corporate law cases he finds that the metaphor’s proper meaning supports the idea of public speech being regulated for honesty. He has previously co-authored work on the subject of supported voting for persons with serious cognitive impairments.

Teaching

  • Power, Politics, and Ideology in Modern Europe (22PIA801)
  • The Contemporary World Arena (22PIA601)
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy (PIC660)
  • Smart Scholarship (22PIA001)