Seana Shiffrin

Professional Bio 

Seana Valentine Shiffrin is Professor of Philosophy and Pete Kameron Professor of Law and Social Justice at UCLA, where she has taught since 1992. Shiffrin received her B.A. degree from UC Berkeley where she was the University Medalist. She attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar and received the B.Phil. with Distinction and the D.Phil. in Philosophy. She earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. She teaches courses on moral and political philosophy as well as contracts, freedom of speech, constitutional rights and individual autonomy, remedies and legal theory. She served for sixteen years as an associate editor of Philosophy and Public Affairs and serves as co-director of the UCLA Law and Philosophy Program. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a winner of the Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her recent book Speech Matters: On Lying, Morality, and the Law was published by Princeton University Press.

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Moral, political, and legal philosophy; freedom of speech and contract law. My recent work has focussed on lying, truth telling, and deceptive speech in everyday life and in commercial advertising.

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