Annette Zimmermann

Annette Zimmermann

Job Market Candidate

Research topic:
Democratic Enfranchisement Beyond Citizenship: The All-Affected Principle in Theory and Practice
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Political Theory Democracy and Democratic Theory Groups, Identities and Social Movements Political thought and ideologies International ethics and global Justice Law and International law Norms, legitimacy and justification Refugees and Migration Rights, Justice, and Equality 

Areas of expertise

Political philosophy (focus: democratic theory; ethics of migration; citizenship)

Philosophy of law (focus: the nature of non-citizens' rights and duties; prisoner disenfranchisement)

Applied ethics (focus: the ethics of risk)

Academic Profile

Research Interests:

  • political philosophy: contemporary democratic theory
  • practical ethics: the ethics of risk
  • philosophy of law: theories of punishment, theories of rights
  • philosophy of technology: the ethics of algorithmic decision-making and algorithmic fairness.

I recently completed my doctoral degree in political philosophy, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). My DPhil thesis ("Democratic Enfranchisement Beyond Citizenship: The All-Affected Principle in Theory and Practice") was supervised by Cécile Fabre and David Miller. I hold a BA in Political Science from the Free University Berlin and an MPhil in Political Theory from the University of Oxford, and I have previously worked at Yale University as a Teaching Fellow and Visiting Assistant in Reseach (supervised by Karuna Mantena).

I will be starting work as a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University in September 2018, where I will be affiliated with the University Center for Human Values (UCHV) as well as with the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). At Princeton, I will be focusing on the use of digital technologies in law enforcement and criminal justice. In particular, I will be investigating the democratic implications of cases in which algorithmic decision-making processes distribute morally weighty risks unfairly, unaccountably, and in a way that erodes citizens’ autonomy and privacy rights.


Other research interests

In addition, I have a strong interest in the philosophical concept of civil disobedience, and specifically how this concept is shifting in light of contemporary processes of globalisation and digitalisation. In this context, I have been involved in a collaborative research project with Professor Robin Celikates (Amsterdam) and Theresa Züger (Berlin). Together, we have organised an international tripartite conference series called “Civil Disobedience Beyond the State” (2014-5).



Before beginning my doctoral research, I obtained an MPhil in Political Theory from the University of Oxford (St Cross College). My MPhil thesis (“Civil Disobedience; For Citizens Only?”, distinction) was supervised by Jeremy Waldron. Prior to that, I was awarded a BA in Political Science (distinction) from the Free University Berlin, where I completed a thesis on the role of human dignity in Hannah Arendt’s discussion of a right to have rights under the supervision of Bernd Ladwig.


English (fluent)

German (native speaker)

French (intermediate)

Spanish (intermediate)

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Graduate students

Moral Contractualism
Lecturer, University of Bayreuth, Germany, graduate and undergraduate students, seminar designed and taught with Matthias Brinkmann, 2016.

Foundations: Master of Public Policy
Seminar Leader, Foundations module (political philosophy) for the Master of Public Policy degree at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, 2015.


Undergraduate students

Science, Ethics, and Society
Lecturer, Duke University exchange programme at the University of Oxford, 2016 & 2017.

Theory of Politics (Prelims)
Tutor, Christ Church College, University of Oxford, 2017.

Gandhi, King, and the Politics of Nonviolence
Teaching Fellow, Yale University, 2016.

Theory of Politics
Tutor, Oriel College, University of Oxford, 2016.

Political Sociology
Tutor, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, 2014.

Theory of Politics (Prelims)
Tutor, Blackfriars College, University of Oxford, 2013.

Modern Political Theory
Tutor, Freie Universität Berlin, 2012.


2017 - 2018: DPIR writing up grant.

2014 – 2016: ESRC studentship, Migration pathway, University of Oxford.

2014 – 2016: Scatcherd European Scholarship, University of Oxford.

2012-2014: Scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes; a federally funded, non-political foundation supporting the top 0.5 percent of university students in Germany).


Other awards:

2014: LSE PhD Studentship (full fees and maintenance for four years) (declined).

2014: AHRC / London Arts and Humanities Partnership Research Studentship (full fees and maintenance for three years) for doctoral study at UCL (declined).


'Economic Participation Rights and the All-Affected Principle,' Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric (forthcoming 2018).