I am an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Stanford University, where I am also a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, and the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Previously, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at San Francisco State University.
I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University in May 2018. I wrote my dissertation, Informal Political Representation: Normative and Conceptual Foundations, under the supervision of Tommie Shelby, T.M. Scanlon, Richard Moran, and Eric Beerbohm. My primary research is in social and political philosophy, moral philosophy, black political thought, philosophy of race, and philosophy of law. I also work on questions in feminist philosophy, criminal law, constitutional law, bioethics, and legal ethics.
I am currently writing a book, Not Just Speaking for Ourselves (under contract with Harvard University Press), about the political ethics of informal representation. To learn more about my research, watch my talk at the 2018 Harvard Horizons Symposium, listen to or read my interview on The UnMute Podcast with Myisha Cherry, or read my interview with the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
I hold a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. in Philosophy and Africana Studies from New York University. I have served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Rosemary Barkett and the Honorable Judge Adalberto Jordan on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and as a legal adviser to Judge Barkett on the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague.
My research has been generously supported by the following fellowships: the Collaborative Visiting Fellowship at the ConceptLab at the University of Oslo (June 2018); the Harvard Horizons Society Scholarship (2017-2018); the Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Graduate Fellowship at Boston University (2017-2018); the Dissertation Completion Fellowship at Harvard University (2017-2018); the Martin Fellowship at the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University (Spring 2017); the Student Fellowship at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School (2016-2017); the Graduate Fellowship in Ethics at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University (2015-2016); the Bioethics Bootcamp Fellowship at the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania (June 2014); and the Student Fellowship at the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford Law School (2012-2013).
My CV is available here.
I was born and raised in Hackensack, New Jersey, a city I love.
salkin at stanford dot edu