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Valerie Soon

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Valerie Soon studies political theory and philosophy. She focuses on questions at the intersection of distributive justice and liberty. She is especially interested in how arrangements in the social sphere,such as social norms and network structures, should influence institutional arrangements in the political sphere. Methodologically, she is interested in the role that minimal models and different types of explanations can play in political theorizing.Her work has been published in the Journal of Political Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, and Philosophy Compass. Currently, she is working on projects related to social capital, measures of segregation, spatial inequality, and reparative justice. She holds a PhD in Philosophy from Duke University, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Houston, and a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from Wellesley College. Prior to joining the faculty at UCSD, Soon was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society.

PhD, Duke University, 2021