Law & Philosophy Program


Who We Are – Law and Philosophy Program

Faculty Director

Core Faculty

Affiliated Faculty (Law)

Affiliated Faculty (Philosophy)

Current Postdocs

David Beglin has just completed his graduate work at the University of California, Riverside, where he received his PhD in philosophy. Before pursuing his PhD, David worked at a high school in Boston, a position he took up after receiving his B.A. in philosophy and in history from the University of Rhode Island in 2010.

David's current research project concerns the moral psychology and ethics of responsibility. In particular, he is developing a theory of responsible agency, the kind of agency we ascribe to someone when we hold that person to account for their actions and attitudes. This theory begins with an account of the moral psychological stance from which we hold people responsible. In addition to this project on responsibility, David has also published on philosophical issues concerning death. His work has appeared in academic journals such as Philosophical Studies and Ethics.

Past Postdocs

Erik Encarnacion - Assistant Professor of Law, University of Texas at Austin

Moran Yahav - Chief of Staff, Chambers of Justice Esther Hayut, President of the Supreme Court of Israel (beginning November 2019)

Ariel Zylberman - Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University at Albany (SUNY)

Robert Hughes – Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; Lecturer, UCLA Department of Philosophy 2014-2015); 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 – Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dartmouth

Louis-Philippe Hodgson – Associate Professor of Philosophy, Glendon College, York University

Sari Kisilevsky – Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Queens College CUNY

Daniela Dover - Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UCLA

Stephen Nayak-Young - Visiting Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University

Predoctoral Fellows

Jordan Wallace-Wolf
B.A. Yale University, 2008
M.A. Tufts University, 2011
J.D. UCLA Law School, 2017
Ph.D. Candidate UCLA, 2020

Jordan Wallace-Wolf is a PhD candidate in the philosophy department. His current focus is on privacy, with his dissertation research being on the privacy interest that persons have in their thoughts, including their interest in reading, writing, and conversing without being observed by others. His legal interests include tort law generally, privacy torts specifically, and digital privacy regulation. In April 2019, he was a recipient for the Department of Philosophy of UCLA's Distinguished Teaching Award for Teaching Assistants. 

JD / PhD

Brian Hutler
B.A. New York University, 2006
J.D. UCLA School of Law, 2014
Ph.D. UCLA Department of Philosophy, 2018

Brian Hutler is a graduate of the Joint-Degree Program in Law and Philosophy offered by the UCLA School of Law and Department of Philosophy. Brian's dissertation, titled "Compromise, Religious Freedom, and the Liberal State," argues for a compromise-based conception of religious freedom in the context of liberal political philosophy. Following UCLA, Brian taught in the Philosophy Department at the University of Pennsylvania. As of Fall 2019, he is a Hecht-Levi Postdoctoral Fellow with the Berman Institute at Johns Hopkins University.  Website:

Sabine Tsuruda
B.A. Stanford University, 2006
M.A. Stanford University, 2007
J.D. UCLA School of Law, 2016
Ph.D. UCLA Department of Philosophy, 2018

Sabine Tsuruda is an Assistant Professor at Queen's University Faculty of Law. She graduated from the Joint J.D./Ph.D. Program in Law and Philosophy at UCLA, where she studied as a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow and served as a Senior Editor of the UCLA Law Review. Her dissertation, "Moral Agency and the Workplace," examines understudied aspects of the relationship between work, law, and moral agency through a series of case studies about managerial control, migrant work, unpaid work, and religious workplaces. Her current research examines employee speech rights and the political morality of workplace hierarchy.