UNSW academic Geoffrey Brahm Levey has been awarded the 2008 Australasian Association of Philosophy's (AAP) Media Prize.

Dr Levey, a Senior Lecturer in Politics in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, won the award for his piece 'A healthy dose of multiculturalism', which was published in the Australian Financial review in 2007.

The annual prize was first awarded in 1999 and recognises the best philosophical piece published by a professional philosopher in the popular media in Australasia during the previous calendar year. The main criterion for the award of the prize is the ability of the piece to engage the interest of the general public in philosophy or some philosophical issue.

Dr Levey's research is in contemporary political theory, with special reference to multiculturalism, ethnicity, religion, nationalism and citizenship. He also researches the area of modern Jewish politics and society. His edited book Political Theory and Australian Multiculturalism (Berghahn Books) was published in June. He is presently engaged on a three-year ARC Discovery grant project, 'Autonomy, Liberalism and the Right to Culture'.

Media Contact: Victoria Brown | 9385 3263 | v.brown@unsw.edu.au