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Leverhulme Fellow, University of Oxford

John Zerilli is a philosopher with particular interests in cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and the law. He is currently a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Oxford and an Associate Fellow at the Centre for the Future of Intelligence in the University of Cambridge. He has published numerous articles, canvassing law, political economy, philosophy, and cognitive science, and three books, of which the two most recent are The Adaptable Mind (Oxford University Press, 2020) and A Citizen's Guide to Artificial Intelligence (MIT Press, 2021).


  • 2021–present
    Leverhulme Fellow, University of Oxford
  • 2019–2021
    Research Fellow, University of Cambridge


  • 2017 
    Australian National University, PhD
  • 2011 
    University of Sydney, MA
  • 2009 
    University of Cambridge, LLM

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Leverhulme Trust

Research Areas

  • Artificial Intelligence And Image Processing (0801)
  • Law (1801)
  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy (160609)
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies (22)
  • Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (17)
  • Linguistics (2004)


Recipient of a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship to undertake the Cambridge LL.M., 2008; highest-ranked thesis, Cambridge University, 2009; winner of the Lucy Firth Prize (valued at $1000) for best publication in philosophy, Sydney University, 2010.