Wendy Salkin

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and, by courtesy, of Law
Wendy Salkin

Wendy Salkin is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Stanford University, where she is 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, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at San Francisco State University.

She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University in May 2018. She wrote her dissertation, Informal Political Representation: Normative and Conceptual Foundations, under the supervision of Tommie Shelby, T.M. Scanlon, Richard Moran, and Eric Beerbohm. Her primary research is in social and political philosophy, moral philosophy, black political thought, philosophy of race, and philosophy of law. She also works on questions in feminist philosophy, criminal law, constitutional law, bioethics, and legal ethics.

She is  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 her research, watch her talk at the 2018 Harvard Horizons Symposium, listen to or read her interview on The UnMute Podcast with Myisha Cherry, or read her interview with the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Wendy holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. in Philosophy and Africana Studies from New York University. She has 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.

Further information can be found at her website.


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