Matthew Spencer Whitt
Lecturing Fellow of Thompson Writing Program

Matt S. Whitt's research examines the formal and informal boundaries of democracy, especially the ways that democracies shape ideals of ‘good' citizenship by excluding, differentiating, or criminalizing ‘bad' citizens and ‘aliens’. His work contributes to debates on the ethics of immigration, the philosophy of punishment, and democratic theory. In one current project, he examines the testimonial injustices faced by pre-trial jail detainees when they speak out about the conditions of their incarceration, and the relevance of this for local democracy.

Representative publications include:

  • "Felon Disenfranchisement and Democratic Legitimacy." Social Theory & Practice. Forthcoming.
  • "Other People’s Problems: Student Distancing, Epistemic Responsibility, and Injustice." Studies in Philosophy & Education. 2016.
  • "Democracy’s Sovereign Enclosures: Territory and the All-Affected Principle." Constellations. 2014.
  • "Review of Joseph Carens, The Ethics of Immigration." Ethics & Global Politics. 2014.
More information about Matt's teaching and research can be found at

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Contact Information

  • Campus Box 90025, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0025
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