Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University


Photo by Alisa Schultz, 2021

Erin Kelly grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. She earned her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Stanford University; in further pursuit of philosophy, she then went to Columbia University for graduate study before moving to Harvard University, where she earned her PhD. Her research interests are in moral and political philosophy and the philosophy of law, with a focus on questions about justice. She has developed a particular emphasis on criminal law, moral responsibility and desert, and theories of punishment. Her current work aims, among other things, to develop philosophical conceptions of reparative and transformative justice as alternatives to retributive accounts of punishment. She has a non-academic interest in music, film, the outdoors, and two young adult daughters.

Research Areas

  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Ethics
  • Criminal Justice
Winfred Rembert, Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South, as told to Erin I. Kelly. Bloomsbury. September, 2021.

Read New Yorker excerpt here.