Hannah Maslen

Hannah MaslenRole or position

Hannah Maslen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ethics, working on the Oxford Martin School's Programme on Mind and Machine. She is also a Junior Research Fellow at New College. 

Academic Background

Hannah came to Oxford in 2004 to read for the BA in Philosophy and Psychology (PPP). She then proceeded to the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice and finally completed her DPhil in Law in 2011.

Research Interests

Hannah's research to date has primarily focused on questions and issues in legal theory, the philosophy of punishment, and emotional responses to moral wrongdoing. Her doctoral thesis sought to justify remorse as a mitigating factor at sentencing, focusing particularly on retributive theories of punishment. Hannah also retains an interest in psychology and has elsewhere worked on the concepts of collective remorse, inter-group apology and inter-group forgiveness, from both psychological and philosophical perspectives. In keeping with her multi-disciplinary background, Hannah is now working on the legal dimension of the 'Enhancing Responsibility' project which, from the perspectives of philosophy, law and psychology, seeks to explore the possible implications cognitive enhancement drugs have for moral and legal responsibility.


Hewstone, M. and Maslen, H. (forthcoming), 'Intergroup Forgiveness and Apology: Psychological Research and Philosophical Considerations', in Lewis, C.A., Rogers, M.B., Loewenthal, K.M., Amlot, R., Cinnirella, M., and Ansari H. (Eds.), Aspects of terrorism and martyrdom: Dying for good, dying for God, Lampeter, UK: Edwin Mellen Press.


Enhancing Responsibility Project