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Elsa Kugelberg

Elsa Kugelberg

Research topic:
Moral Philosophy, Feminism, Social norms
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Political Theory Equality Feminism Freedom and Choice Norms, legitimacy and justification 

Academic Profile

I am a doctoral candidate in political theory researching feminism, social norms and contract theory, 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 ethical and political implications of understanding what we owe to each other as dependent on our social context. 

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 also have 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 the cultural pages of Scandinavia's largest morning daily, Dagens Nyheter. I sometimes tweet, from @elsakugelberg.


Kugelberg, Elsa (2021). "Responsibility for reality: Social norms and the value of constrained choice". Politics, Philosophy & Economicshttps://doi.org/10.1177/1470594X211052653

Kugelberg, Elsa (2021). "Values for victims and vectors of disease". Journal of Medical Ethics. https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2021-107635

Kugelberg, Elsa. (2020). "Förord", in Manne, Kate: Duktig flicka - Misogynins logik, Stockholm: Fri Tanke. (Foreword to the Swedish translation of Kate Manne's Down Girl - The Logic of Misogyny). https://fritanke.se/bocker/duktig-flicka/