Erin Kelly

Sullivan & Cromwell Visiting Professor of Law

Spring 2021

Biography

Visiting Professor Erin I. Kelly is Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. Her scholarship focuses on philosophy of law and moral and political philosophy, with a particular emphasis on criminal law and its relation to distributive justice and historical injustice. Her current work aims, among other things, to develop philosophical conceptions of reparative and transformative justice as alternatives to retributive accounts of punishment.

Kelly is author of The Limits of Blame: Rethinking Punishment and Responsibility (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018), as well as dozens of articles, including “Rethinking Criminal Justice.” Res Philosophica 97: 2 (April 2020): 169-183, and “The Historical Injustice Problem for Political Liberalism.” Ethics 128 (October 2017): 75-94. She is collaborating writer for a memoir by artist Winfred Rembert, Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South, which will be published by Bloomsbury Press in 2021.

Kelly received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University, an M.A. in philosophy from Columbia University, and a B.A. degree in philosophy from Stanford University.

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