I’m a Lecturer in Philosophy of Law at King’s College London and a member of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law.
Previously, I was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. I completed my PhD in Philosophy at UCLA in 2018; prior to that, I did a JD at Harvard Law School and a BA in Philosophy and History at Georgetown University. I specialise in political philosophy, philosophy of law, ethics, and aesthetics.
I’m currently writing about the phenomenology and value of spontaneous freedom—the freedom of unscripted activity that ‘free spirits’ enjoy—and about the law and politics of cultural production and participation.
Other recent projects have explored the aesthetics of games, the social and political preconditions of creativity, Rawls’s theory of the political liberties, and conceptions of agency in ethics and aesthetics. I’ve also published on legal education and the legal profession in India. I’ve recently taught courses in philosophy and literature, ethics, critical thinking, and jurisprudence.
I have recently compiled and edited a ‘Decolonising Jurisprudence Reading List’, available here.
My CV is available here.
Feedback, Advice and Support Hours: During Semester 2, my office hours for students at King’s are on Mondays, 9:00-9:30, 11:30-12:00, 14:00-15:00, and 17:00-18:00. These office hours will be held on Microsoft Teams until further notice. Sign up for office hours at: https://jonathangingerich.youcanbook.me.