Kinch Hoekstra

700 Barrows Hall


Research Interests: 
History of Political Philosophy
B.A., Brown University (1987)
D.Phil., University of Oxford (1998)
Personal Statement: 

Kinch Hoekstra specializes in the history of political, moral, and legal philosophy. He has written on ancient, renaissance, and early modern political thought. He has published a number of studies on ancient political thought, and on aspects of the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes (including his theory of equality, legal obligation, democracy, tyranny, mixed government, natural law, and the rationality of justice). From 1996 to 2007, Hoekstra was a member of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, where he also regularly taught graduate students in the Faculty of Classics and the Department of Politics and International Relations. During this same period, he was the Leveson Gower Fellow in Ancient and Modern Philosophy at Balliol College. He has been a Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton University (2011-12), a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2004-5), and an Ahmanson-Getty Fellow at UCLA (2001-2). Hoekstra holds a joint appointment with the UC Berkeley School of Law, and is an affiliated professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Classics.