Dr Natasha McKeever

Dr Natasha McKeever


I joined the IDEA Centre in 2017. Before that, I worked for a year teaching Philosophy at St Paul’s School, London, and for 18 months in the Civil Service Fast Stream, doing policy work at the Department of Education, the Department of Health, and the Department of Work and Pensions. 

I completed a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield in 2014 under the supervision of Dr Christopher Bennett and Professor Jennifer Saul on the topic of Romantic Love and Monogamy. Before that, I did a PGCE at Leeds Trinity University College, and I have an MA in Political Theory and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Sheffield.


  • Programme Director

Research interests

My main research interests are in the Philosophy of Love and Sex, but I'm also interested in Applied Ethics more generally.


What Can We Learn about Romantic Love from Harry Frankfurt's Account of Love? Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 14(3) (2018)

Can a Woman Rape a Man and Why Does it Matter? Criminal Law and Philosophy (Online first) (2018)

Is the Requirement of Sexual Exclusivity Consistent with Romantic Love? Journal of Applied Philosophy 34 (3):353-369 (2017)

Love: What’s Sex Got To Do With It? International Journal of Applied Philosophy 30 (2): 201-218 (Fall 2016)


New Philosophies of Sex and Love: Thinking Through Desire edited by Sarah LaChance Adams, Christopher M. Davidson, and Caroline R. Lundquist Hypatia Reviews Online (2018)

Minimizing Marriage by Elizabeth Brake Res Publica 19 (3): 285-289 (2013)

Love’s Vision by Troy Jollimore Journal of Applied Philosophy 29 (1): 88-90 (2012)

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  • PhD Philosophy
  • MA Political Theory (Distinction)
  • BA Philosophy (First)
  • PGCE Religious Studies

Professional memberships

  • Society for Applied Philosophy

Student education

I am the Programme Director for the BA and MA in Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics and the MA in Applied and Professional Ethics at the IDEA Centre.

As well as teaching on these courses, I also teach ethics sessions in other schools across the university.

This academic year I will be leading a new module on love, including ethical, social and political issues.

My office hours are Wednesday 2-3pm and Thursday 1-2pm. Please email ahead though as occasionally I may have to teach at this time.

Research groups and institutes

  • Healthcare Ethics
  • Moral Psychology
  • Ethics, Culture and Decision-Making
  • PRIA

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>