Elsa Kugelberg

Research Topic:

Sex, social norms and contractualism
Political Theory Network
Wolfson College
DPhil Politics

Jonathan, Wolff (Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University).

I am a doctoral candidate in political theory researching contract theory and feminism, under the supervision of Professor Zofia Stemplowska and Professor Jonathan Wolff. In my current project, which is generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), I explore the relationship between politics, sex, and social norms, and the ethical and political implications of understanding what we owe to each other as dependent on our social context. I will continue this project as a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in political theory at Nuffield College and the DPIR, starting from this fall.

Before joining DPIR, I worked as an editor at a publishing house focused on philosophy and popular science. I hold an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics, where I was supervised by Professor Alex Voorhoeve, and worked on a thesis on gender and choice. Before that, I worked as a speech writer and a political advisor on foreign affairs, EU affairs, and defence policy in the Swedish parliament. I hold a BA in Political Science and Law from the University of Uppsala.

I teach the courses 'Theory of Politics' and 'Feminist Theory', and regularly write (essays, columns and critique) for Scandinavia's largest morning daily, Dagens Nyheter. I sometimes tweet, from @elsakugelberg.

Elsa Kugelberg


(2022). "Public justification, gender, and the family" European Journal of Political Theory. (with H Kugelberg).

(2022). 'Social norms, contractualism and public policy: How gender affects epidemiology' LSE Philosophy Blog, March 2022.

(2021). "Responsibility for reality: Social norms and the value of constrained choice". Politics, Philosophy and Economics, 20(4):357-384. 

(2021). "Values for victims and vectors of disease". Journal of Medical Ethics.

(2020). 'Förord' in Kate Manne, Duktig flicka. Stockholm: Fri tanke. Foreword to the Swedish translation of Down girl.