Matthew Spencer Whitt
Lecturing Fellow of Thompson Writing Program

My 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’. My work contributes to debates on criminal justice reform, immigration, the philosophy of punishment, and democratic theory. 

Representative publications include:

  • "Felon Disenfranchisement and Democratic Legitimacy." Social Theory & Practice. 2017.
  • "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.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Contact Information

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

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