Law & Philosophy Program


Who We Are – Law and Philosophy Program

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Current Postdocs

April 2014
Post Doctoral Scholars Announced

Daniela Dover is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the UCLA Law and Philosophy Program. Dover works mainly in social and political philosophy and ethics, but she also has teaching interests in the philosophy of law, metaethics, and ancient philosophy. Her current research focuses on the ethics of communication about ethics and politics. Dover scrutinizes our practices of normative discussion and debate, from everyday interpersonal quarrels to public political deliberation to academic moral philosophy. 

Dover is currently completing a Ph.D. in philosophy at New York University. Before that, she was an undergraduate in Classics at Yale. She has been a visitor at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Institut Jean Nicod, and the MIT Department of Philosophy. 

Stephen Nayak-Young is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the UCLA Law and Philosophy Program. Nayak-Young’s research and teaching interests are primarily in labor and employment law, philosophy of law, ethics (including normative theory, applied ethics, and metaethics), and social and political philosophy. 

His dissertation undertook a conceptual and normative analysis of the nature and purpose of labor and employment law as it has developed in the U.S., Canada, and other common law jurisdictions. He explores the question to what extent we could legitimately adapt work law’s origins in the domestic relation of master and servant to a governance relationship that is justifiable in a modern liberal society committed to equal treatment of persons. One key normative question raised by this project concerns the justifiability, if any, of the broad, underspecified authority exercised by employers, which the existing regime of work law grants or permits by allowing work relationships to persist in their traditional form. 
Nayak-Young was born and raised in Canada and earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy with first-class honors from the University of British Columbia (1997), followed by a J.D. from Harvard Law School (2000), a M.A. in philosophy from the University of Toronto (2008), and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan (2014).

Past Postdocs

Robert Hughes – Lecturer, UCLA Department of Philosophy (Fall 2014 - ); Postdoctoral Scholar, UCLA School of Law (current); National Institutes of Health, Department of Bioethics, Fellow (2010–2012)

Matt King – Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Arudra Burra – Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

David Plunkett – Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dartmouth

Louis-Philippe Hodgson – Associate Professor, Glendon College

Sari Kisilevsky – Visiting Assistant Professor, Princeton University; Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Queens College CUNY