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Dr Jeffrey Howard
31 Tavistock Square
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  • Associate Professor
  • Dept of Political Science
  • Faculty of S&HS

Dr Howard joined the faculty of University College London in 2015, having previously taught at the University of Essex. He is a graduate of Oxford University and Harvard University. 

Research Summary

Dr. Jeffrey Howard is an associate professor 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 AffairsThe Journal of Political PhilosophyLaw and Philosophy, British Journal of Political Science, and Annual Review of Political Science. He was the recipient of the 2021 Berger Memorial Prize from the American Philosophical Association for the best paper in the philosophy of law.


In spring 2022, he will begin a major cross-disciplinary research project on the ethics of content moderation on social media and the future of free speech online, thanks to a £1.5 million UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. He has previously received research funding from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. He is a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker, and he has also received the British Academy’s Rising Star Award. 

Jeff regularly communicates his philosophical ideas to non-academic audiences, including companies and policymakers. He has participated in a variety of discussions on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, along with other outlets such as National Public Radio in the US and many philosophy and politics podcasts. His public writing has appeared in various outlets including The Washington Post and The Independent.

Teaching Summary

At UCL, Dr Howard has taught classes on canonical and contemporary political philosophy, ethics and public policy, the philosophy of crime and punishment, and the ethics of counterterrorism, among other topics. 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.

He is currently on research leave.

Supervision: Dr Howard is currently primary or secondary supervisor to various PhD dissertations on a range of topics in contemporary political philosophy. He particularly welcome applications from students working on issues related to freedom of speech, social media regulation, criminal punishment, and the ethics of democratic discourse.

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