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Joshua Freed

Personal Statement

I am a PhD. Candidate in Political Science at UC Berkeley specializing in the history of political thought, legal history, and the philosophy of law. My dissertation project, titled "Ghost of the Empire: Church, Law, and the Public Sphere, 1300-1650" examines how medieval jurists wrote and thought about the Church as a legal actor.

More broadly, I am interested in the legal history of democratic ideas and institutions, including theories and mechanisms of citizenship, exclusion, unfreedom, and accountability.