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BA, MA, PhD University of Sheffield

Joshua Forstenzer is a Faculty Fellow in the Social Sciences, Lecturer in Philosophy, and Co-Director of the Centre for Engaged Philosophy. Before that he was the Vice-Chancellor's Fellow for the Public Benefit of Higher Education also at Sheffield, as well as a Democracy Visiting Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Jonthan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Politics and Philosophy (Hons.), his Master's in Political Theory (Distinction), and his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield.

His main research interests are in the philosophy of education, political and social philosophy, and American Pragmatism. His current project focuses on the democratic role of higher education. His work benefits from support from the British Academy, the Thai Research Fund, and Yale's Center for Faith and Culture.

His teaching is driven by an engaged pedagogic outlook and has been recognised with an Early Career Senate Teaching Award and an Outstanding Teaching Award.


  • Forthcoming. Deweyan Experimentalism and the Problem of Method in Political Philosophy, Routledge, publication expected in the spring of 2019.
  • 2018. 'The Teaching Excellence Framework, Epistemic Insensibility and the Question of Purpose', Journal of Philosophy of Education, available online here:
  • 2018. Something Has Cracked: Post-Truth Politics and Richard Rorty's Postmodernist Bourgeois Liberalism, Ash Center Occasional Paper Series, Cambridge MA: Harvard Kennedy School, available online here:
  • 2017. 'Deweyan Democracy, Robert Talisse, and the Fact of Reasonable Pluralism: a Rawlsian Response', Transactions of the Charles Sanders Peirce Society, Volume 53, Issue 4, pp. 553-578.
  • 2017. 'Reconsidering Dewey's Democratic Socialism in the Age of Populism', Yearbook Practical Philosophy in a Global Perspective: Exploring Pragmatist Options, Michael Reder, Dominik Finkelde, Alexander Filipovic, Johannes Wallacher (eds.), Freiburg: Alber, pp. 50-73.
  • 2016. 'A Democratic Ideal For Troubled Times: John Dewey, Civic Action, and Peaceful Conflict Resolution', Journal of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp. 1-34.
  • 2015. 'Defending What From Whom? Debating Citizen Disengagement', The Political Quarterly, Volume 86, Issue 4, pp. 550–554.
  • 2012. 'Education, Active Citizenship and Applied Social Intelligence: some democratic tools to meet the threat of climate change', Rethinking Climate Change Research, Pernille Almlund, Per Homann Jesperesen and Søren Riis (eds.), Farnham: Ashgate, pp.177-191.

Office Hours - Spring 2019

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