Photo of Jonathan Gingerich wearing a green shirt with a green knit octopus sitting on his shoulder

I am presently a Ph.D. Candidate at the UCLA Department of Philosophy, where I have been studying since 2010. I am also an instructor at UCLA Extension, where I have taught since 2013, and I am affiliated with the Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies project of Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession. Prior to studying philosophy at UCLA, I completed my J.D. at Harvard Law School, graduating in 2010. I completed my A.B. at Georgetown University.

My philosophical research focuses on ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, and aesthetics. My dissertation is about what it feels like to be free and why it is important to feel free. I also conduct research on the philosophical foundations of laws that encourage or discourage creativity (particularly copyright law), the political morality of nudges, and the aesthetics of games.

In addition to my philosophical research, I am an expert on legal education in South Asia, and I occasionally write and publish empirical research on legal education and the legal profession.

I’m a member of the California Bar.

The background photo above is of St. George, Utah, one of the places where I sometimes climb rocks.

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