Dr Jeffrey Howard is currently an associate professor in the School of Public Policy at University College London, where he has taught political philosophy since 2015. He writes on philosophical debates concerning freedom of expression, democracy, crime and punishment, and counter-extremism. He has published in various journals, including Philosophy & Public Affairs, The Journal of Political Philosophy, Law and Philosophy, British Journal of Political Science, and Annual Review of Political Science. His recent article “Dangerous Speech” won the 2021 biennial Berger Memorial Prize from the American Philosophical Association for the best paper in the philosophy of law.
He is currently on research leave, thanks to a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship. He is a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker, and has also received the British Academy’s Rising Star Award.
At UCL he teaches classes on canonical and contemporary political philosophy, the philosophy of crime and punishment, and the ethics of counter-terrorism policy. He has earned the Prize for Outstanding Faculty Teaching in the UCL School of Public Policy on two occasions, as well as the Award for Educational Leadership in the UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences. At the University of Essex, where he taught prior to joining UCL, he won the Student Union’s award for Best Lecturer at the university, and the THINK series he created won The Guardian’s University Award for Student Experience.
Originally from Massachusetts, he earned his DPhil and MPhil at Oxford University, supervised by Jeremy Waldron and David Miller, and his undergraduate degree at Harvard University.