Department of Political Science

Dr Jeffrey Howard

Dr Jeffrey Howard

Associate Professor

Dept of Political Science

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2015

Research summary

Dr. Jeffrey Howard teaches political philosophy at University College London, where he is an associate professor in the School of Public Policy. He writes on freedom of expression, social media, democracy, crime and punishment, and counter-extremism. He has published in various journals including Philosophy & Public Affairs, The Journal of Political Philosophy, Law and Philosophy, British Journal of Political Science, and the Annual Review of Political Science.

He is currently launching a 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. He was the recipient of the 2021 Berger Memorial Prize from the American Philosophical Association for the best paper in the philosophy of law.

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

Dr. Howard is currently an Affiliated Faculty Fellow in the Conceptual Foundations of Conflict Project in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California. He has previously been a visiting scholar in the School of Philosophy at the Australian National University.

Teaching summary

Dr. Howard has taught classes on contemporary political philosophy, the history of political thought, ethics and public policy, egalitarianism, liberalism and its critics, global justice, the philosophy of crime and punishment, just war theory and counterterrorism, and philosophical methodology.

He currently teaches ethics to civil servants as part of an executive leadership training programme within HM Treasury.

PhD 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.



Dr. Jeffrey Howard joined the faculty of University College London in 2015, having previously taught at the University of Essex. He earned his DPhil at Oxford University and AB at Harvard College.