David Estlund is Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Philosophy at Brown University. He has been teaching moral and political philosophy at Brown University since 1991.
He previously taught at University of California, Irvine, and has spent fellowship years at the Program in 4 Ethics at Harvard, and at Australian National University. He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Estlund's research focuses on ethics and social/political philosophy, particularly the areas of liberalism, justice, and democracy. He has served as editor for the collection, Democracy (Blackwell, 2002) and author of
Democratic Authority: A Philosophical Framework (Princeton University Press, 2008).
His papers include: "Democracy Without Preference," The Philosophical Review, July 1990, pp. 397-423.
"Beyond Fairness and Deliberation: The Epistemic Dimension of Democratic Authority," in Deliberative
Democracy, James Bohman and William Rehg, eds., MIT Press, 1997. “Political Quality,” Social
Philosophy and Policy, vol. 17, no. 1, Winter 2000, pp. 127-60, and “Political Authority and The
Tyranny of Non-Consent,” Philosophical Issues, 15, 2005. Estlund received his B.S. in art, and M.A.
and Ph.D. in philosophy from University of Wisconsin, Madison.