Ashli Anda

Grad student Ashli Anda sits in a restaurant before COVID and smiles at the camera; she is wearing a GEO beanie and a scarf and jacket

Hi, I'm Ashli Anda. I'm a PhD candidate in philosophy. I received my MA from Boston College in 2016 where I studied Kant, Hegel, and Marx. Upon arriving at the University of Illinois, I realized I was interested in doing both history of philosophy and applied philosophy on issues related to punishment so I decided to specialize in legal and political philosophy. My dissertation offers a Kantian theory of punishment that repositions Kant's account of human nature alongside the objective conditions for maintaining free and equal legal relations. Setting up a theory of punishment in this way is especially useful for showing that human vulnerability comes in different varieties when we are wronged by other individuals or by the state. I'm a proud member of both the GEO and the Education Justice Project (EJP) and I enjoy spending time with my partner and our son.

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