J.P. Messina

I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Orleans, with a joint appointment as the Assistant Director of Greaux!. Previously, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the Freedom Project at Wellesley College. My work focuses on foundational issues in political philosophy, including theories of property, economic justice, political legitimacy, and civil liberties (sometimes from an historical perspective). I am currently working on a book on the ethics and politics of private censorship, which examines the degree to which private parties can interfere with our basic right to freedom of expression. My dissertation (Political Obligations and Provisional Rights: A Study in Kant's Politics of Freedom), completed at UC San Diego, was awarded the Chancellor's Dissertation medal, and I have been the recipient of several grants and prizes (including a Frontiers for Innovation Scholarship and a  research fellowship with the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). My work has appeared in Kantian Review, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and elsewhere.

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