Leonidas Makris studied psychology at the University of Crete. He preceded studying at a postgraduate level Mass Media and Communication (Master of Arts, University of Leicester, UK) and Social and Political Theory (Master of Science, University of Edinburgh, UK). He obtained his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Government. His supervisors were Professor John Gray and Professor Paul Kelly. The subject of his PhD thesis was a critique of contemporary ‘neutralist’ liberalism, using an analysis and comparison of the main perfectionist arguments of John Stuart Mill and Joseph Raz, both celebrated liberals. Since 2010 Dr Makris has been teaching at the Democritus University of Thrace, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (as well as at private colleges), the subjects of Political Theory, Comparative Politics and Political Communication. His research interests focus among others on contemporary theories of liberty, political communication as well as European and Greek Politics. His recent publications include the following articles: "Mill’s Political Perception of Liberty: Idiosyncratic, Perfectionist but Essentially Liberal", in Public Reason, vol. 10, n.1-2. “Learning to Live Together: Linking European and Local Initiatives”, in Learning To Live Together: Promoting Social Harmony. Basel & New York: Springer International Publishing. “The Distinction between Neutrality and Perfectionism in Liberalism: Its Nature and Why it Matters”, vol. 44, n.3, Ελληνική Επιθεώρηση Πολιτικής Επιστήμης. Αθήνα: Ελληνική Εταιρία Πολιτικής Επιστήμης.