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Dr Jonathan Wolfe Leader MA, PhD, SFHEA

Senior Teaching Fellow

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I am a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Academic Centre for International Students, part of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of University of Southampton.

I studied for my BA (Hons) in Philosophy at the University of Lancaster in the early 1980s before receiving my MA in Philosophy from the University of Warwick in 1983. After moving to London, I worked for twelve years in the voluntary sector, initially with a charity for the homeless and then as a senior residential social worker working with adults recovering from mental illness. During this period I did part-time research at the LSE and completed my teacher training at Goldsmiths’, University of London. I have held Senior Lectureships at the University of East London and the University of the Arts, London, where, until 2011 I was Programme Leader for the Personal and Professional Development course across the Faculty of Media.

In 2010, I gained my PhD from the University of Southampton for my research on the German Jewish philosopher and political theorist, Hannah Arendt. Currently, I am Programme Lead for the Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study (MIPS) programme and teach on English for Masters Study. I am also module lead for Critical and Contextual Thinking for Masters Study and the Research Project. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Research interests

Currently, I am researching a paper about teaching and learning critical thinking. The working title of this paper is: “Putting the Thought back into Critical Thinking”.

I am also working on a book proposal on the life and critical thought of Hannah Arendt. This research draws on resources within the Parkes Centre for Jewish/Christian Relations (Humanities) as well as within the Humanities and the Social Sciences more generally. My specific interest is on the impact of Christian theology on Arendt’s Jewish identity and its contribution to her political and philosophical thinking.


Lectures/conference papers:

  • Toilets, Trump and the Myth of the Independent Learner: Some Lessons for Thinking Critically. Pre-sessional Guest Lecture, University of Southampton, 21 August 2018
  • Stance, Structure & Significant Others: Getting Personal about Position. St Andrews EAP Conference: No Innocent Bystanders: Stance and Engagement in Academic Discourse, 24 February 2018.
  • The Little Rock Nine: Reflections on the Day Childhood Ended. Pre-sessional Guest Lecture, University of Southampton, 22 August 2017.
  • The Little Rock Nine: Reflections on the Day Childhood Ended. Pre-sessional Guest Lecture, University of Southampton, 2 August 2016.
  • Enemy of the State: Hannah Arendt & the Perils of Critical Thinking. Pre-sessional Guest Lecture, University of Southampton, 18 August 2015
  • Hannah Arendt’s Absurdities: The Grace of a Jewish Thinker. Parkes Centre Lecture, University of Southampton, 10 February 2015
  • Who Was Hannah Arendt?: Reflections on a Critical Life. Pre-sessional Guest Lecture, University of Southampton, 19 August 2014
  • ‘Who Do We Think “They” Are? Identity & Multiculturalism. TEATime Workshop, University of Southampton. 7 November 2012.
  • ‘From Dependence to Interdependence: On Developing Students’ Understanding of the Nature of Knowledge’. Learning & Teaching Day (LCC), University of the Arts, London. 19 January 2011.
  • Encouraging Students to Get Out More: Critical Thinking as an Antidote to Too Much Self-Reflection’.
  • PPD Network Forum, LCC. 17 February 2010.
  • ‘Putting the Person Back into Personal & Professional Development: Reflections on PPD in the Context of Entrepreneurial Learning’. PPD Network Forum, LCC. 5 June 2008.

I teach on the English for Masters Study module (HUMA6016) and I am Module Leader for Critical and Contextual Thinking for Masters Study (HUMA5011). Both modules are core components of the Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study programme. I am also Lead Reading and Writing Coordinator on Pre-Sessional Course B.

Dr Jonathan Wolfe Leader
Room 2107, Building 65
Avenue Campus
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ
Tel: 02380 596822

Room Number: 65B/2107

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