I’m currently a Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Reading. Prior to that, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford.

My current project explores the norms that should govern political discourse in deeply divided settings. How, for example, should we verbally respond to disinformation and hate speech? What role does anger play in democratic speech? Is fruitful political debate possible when people are polarised? I’m writing a monograph on this topic, entitled Democratic Speech in Divided Times, under contract with Oxford University Press.

Before taking up my current position, I completed a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, a BPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and a BSc in Politics and Philosophy at the LSE.

You can email me at maxime [dot] lep [at] gmail [dot] com. You can also find me on Academia.edu.