Dr Zeynep Pamuk

Dr Zeynep Pamuk

Supernumerary Fellow in Politics


I’m a political theorist, and a fellow of St John’s College since 2017. I hold a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University (2017) and a BA in Ethics, Politics & Economics from Yale University (2011). I have received the Eugene P. Beard Fellowship at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics as a doctoral student. At Oxford, I teach courses in political theory and comparative politics.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the intersection of political theory, the philosophy of science and social science, and social epistemology. My work examines a wide range of subjects, including the role of experts in democracies, the relationship between scientific and political authority, institutional innovations for citizen participation, theories of deliberation and decision-making, freedom of inquiry and its limits, the normative and institutional dimensions of public funding for the arts & sciences, the role of uncertainty in theories of justice and democracy, and the ethics of science & technology policy.