Jeff HowardI joined UCL in September 2015 as Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Political Theory and Normative Methods. Before coming to UCL, I spent two years as Lecturer in Political Philosophy in the Department of Government at the University of Essex, where I earned the 2015 Best Lecturer Award from the Student Union.

I have a DPhil (2013) and MPhil (2010) from Nuffield College at Oxford University, where I worked with Jeremy Waldron and David Miller. I earned my undergraduate degree (2008) from Harvard University.

I work on criminal justice policy and counter-terrorism policy from the perspective of political and legal philosophy. My first project explores the ethics of crime prevention in conditions of structural injustice, focusing on moral debates about policing, punishment, and mass incarceration. The second concerns the ethics of counter-terrorism. As part of this project, I am writing articles on incitement and the limits of free speech, the justifiability of paying ransoms to terrorists, and the ethics of de-radicalization.

I teach graduate courses in political and legal philosophy, including “Public Ethics”, “Equality, Justice, and Difference”, and “The Ethics of Counter-Terrorism”, which are open to MA students within the School of Public Policy and across UCL. I also teach the undergraduate course “Normative Methods”, which trains PPE students in the methods of normative political philosophy.

I have a 2015 Rising Star Engagement Award from the British Academy, as well as a 2016 BA/Leverhulme Small Grant on the topic of “Dangerous Speech”.