David Estlund Lombardo Family Professor of the Humanities

David Estlund has been teaching moral and political philosophy at Brown since 1991. He previously taught at University of California, Irvine, and has spent fellowship years at the Program in Ethics at Harvard, and at Australian National University. His research interests inclue liberalism, justice, democracy, among much else. He is editor most recently of the collection, The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy (2013) and author of Democratic Authority: A Philosophical Framework , Princeton University Press 2008. He is working on a book tentatively called, Utopophobia: On the Limits (If Any) of Political Philosophy.

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scholarly work

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research overview

David Estlund's areas of expertise include ethics and social/political philosophy, particularly the areas of liberalism, justice, and democracy.

research statement

David Estlund's research interests focus on ethics and social/political philosophy, particularly the areas of liberalism, justice, and democracy. Most recently, he has served as editor for the collection, Democracy (Blackwell, 2002), and authored "Democratic Authority: A Philosophical Framework" Princeton University Press 2008.

funded research

SINCE 1990—
1. American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Fellowship for Recent Recipients of the Ph. D., 7/1/89 - 6/1/90: $10,000.

2. University of California at Irvine (UCI), Committee on Research: $3,522 to supplement ACLS Fellowship.

3. Dean's grant, University of California at Irvine (UCI): $10,000 to supplement ACLS Fellowship.

4. Fellowship in Ethics, Program in Ethics and the Professions, in residence at Harvard, 1993-94 academic year: half salary to supplement sabbatical.

5. National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers (FA-34840). Awarded 12/97, to be used in 1998-99 academic year for one semester teaching relief.

6. Visiting Research Fellowship ("Harsanyi Fellow") in the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University, July 2001 – June 2002.

7. Salomon Research Award, Brown University, 2001-02.

8. National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, for Summer 2002.