Elsa Kugelberg

Elsa Kugelberg

Research topic:
Moral Philosophy, Contractualism, Social norms
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Political Theory Feminism Freedom and Choice Public Policy Norms, legitimacy and justification 

Academic Profile

I am a doctoral student in political theory working on a thesis on T. M. Scanlon’s contractualism and social norms, under the supervision of Zofia Stemplowska and Jo Wolff. In this project, which is generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), I aim to explore how what we owe to individuals depends on their social context and, in turn, what the ethical implications are for policymaking in diverse populations.

Before joining DPIR, I worked as a political advisor on foreign affairs and defence policy in the Swedish parliament. I have an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics, where I was supervised by Alex Voorhoeve, and worked on a thesis on policy choice, gender and responsibility in the HIV pandemic. For this work, which I have presented for audiences at UCLA and Princeton, I received the highest mark awarded for a Master's dissertation in philosophy at LSE. I also have a BA in Political Science and Law from the University of Uppsala. 

I currently teach the course 'Theory of Politics'.