Our post doctoral fellowship program has grown since we first offered fellowships five years ago. We started with two post doctoral fellows and this year, we are excited to have five. Two of the fellows are returning for a second year and three are new to Stanford.
New Spencer Foundation Grant / Post Doctoral Fellows
We are also pleased to enter the second year of a three-year project that is funded by the Spencer Foundation. This grant allows us to design a comprehensive project that looks at equality and K-12 education. Education is one of the most powerful levers a society has for shaping its future citizens and while the American education system has a lot to be proud of, many children receive a far more inferior education than their peers. With this grant from the Spencer Foundation, two of post docs will be working with Stanford faulty, bringing ideas from moral and political philosophy to bear on the questions of education theory, policy, and practice. Meet our 2012-2013 Spencer Foundation post doctoral fellows.
The 2012-2013 Center for Ethics in Society Post Doctoral Fellows
Will studied with Thomas Christiano, Patrick Grim, and Peter Henderson, Rachana Kamtekar and Michael Gill. In his graduate studies, he focused on the role of information in distributive justice, as well as agent-based modeling of socioeconomic systems. By examining the role of information in distributive justice, he asks what it means for a theory of justice to take choice seriously.
While his graduate work was in analytic philosophy, Will's undergraduate studies were in applied mathematics and computer science. In other words, he loves interdisciplinary research. He also likes to collaborate with others and is convinced that his time in industry has greatly and positively influenced his more academic pursuits.
Mark received his PhD from Princeton, and before coming to Stanford he was a visiting fellow at the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona. He is interested in all areas of philosophy, and often works to topics in ethics, social philosophy, and epistemology. His current research includes work on the legitimacy of international institutions, the nature of normativity, and climate change and environmental ethics.
Hyunseop completed his Ph.D. in philosophy at New York University in 2012. In his dissertation, he developed a non-consequentialist theory about our moral obligations to future people. He received a LL.B. and a M.A. in philosophy from Seoul National University, and studied at the Judicial Research & Training Institute in Korea. He served as a judge in Seoul for a while.
During his time at Stanford, Hyunseop will continue to revise his dissertation for publication and start new research projects on democracy, markets, and non-natural moral realism.
Spencer Foundation Post Doctoral Fellows
Sarah received her D.Phil. in Political Theory from Oxford. Her dissertation was entitled "Balancing Parental Authority and Children's Rights: A Role-Based Solution."
While at Stanford, Sarah is looking forward to joining the project examining equality of opportunity in education. She will also develop sections of her thesis for publication and work on issues surrounding the purported right to procreate.
Hugh completed his D.Phil. at Oxford University, writing a thesis entitled, "A Conception of Equality of Opportunity." The thesis sought to elaborate a luck egalitarian conception of equality and apply that conception in particular contexts.
While at Stanford, Hugh will be contributing to the Spencer Foundation sponsored project on "Equality of Opportunity in Education."
Past Post Doctoral Fellows