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Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Ted Lechterman is a political philosopher who studies how democratic ideals apply to the private and artificial agents. He is the author of The Tyranny of Generosity: Why Philanthropy Corrupts Our Politics and How We Can Fix It (Oxford University Press, 2021). Currently a research fellow at the Institute for Ethics in AI at University of Oxford, he has held previous fellowships at the Hertie School in Berlin, the Centre for Advanced Studies Justitia Amplificata at Goethe University Frankfurt, and the McCoy Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University.


  • 2020–present
    Research fellow, University of Oxford
  • 2019–2020
    Postdoctoral fellow, Hertie School
  • 2018–2019
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • 2016–2018
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University


  • 2016 
    Princeton University, Ph.D.
  • 2008 
    Harvard University, A.B.


  • 2021
    The Tyranny of Generosity, Oxford University Press