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About Karl Widerquist

Karl Widerquist is a Professor of political philosophy at Georgetown University-Qatar, specializing in distributive justice—the ethics of who has what. He has published eight books, including A Critical Analysis of Basic Income Experiments (Palgrave 2018), Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press 2017, coauthored by Grant S. McCall), and Freedom as the Power to Say No (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). He is a cofounder of the journal Basic Income Studies, the only academic journal devoted to research on Basic Income. Widerquist has published dozens of articles both in the popular media and in academic journals (such as Raisons Politiques, Political Studies; the Eastern Economic Journal; Politics and Society; and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics). He holds two doctorates—one in Political Theory from Oxford University (2006) and one in Economics from the City University of New York (1996). He writes the blog the Indepentarian for Basic Income News ( He has appeared on or been quoted by many major media outlets, such as NPR’s On Point, NPR’s Marketplace, PRI’s the World, CNBC, Al-Jazeera, 538, Vice, Dissent, the New York Times, Forbes, the Financial Times, and the Atlantic Monthly, which called him “a leader of the worldwide basic income movement.”
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Present Visiting Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Distributive justice, freedom, poverty, inequality, basic income

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Contact Information

School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Recent Works (7)

Property Rights (1)

Freedom (2)

Equality (4)