Julian Culp

Assistant Professor

  • Department: History
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Professor Culp joined the American University of Paris as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the fall of 2018. Before that he was working as a lecturer and research associate in philosophy and political theory at the Goethe University of Frankfurt. He held research and teaching positions at the Center for Ethics of the University of Toronto and at the Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics of the Catholic University of Louvain. Prior to his university studies he spent a year tutoring mathematics in Codó, Brazil.

His current research interests are in contemporary political philosophy and philosophy of education, with a focus on problems of democracy and justice in a globalized world. He is completing a monograph entitled "Education and Democratic Justice: A Normative Theory for Global Citizenship," in which he defends democratic conceptions of global educational justice and citizenship education. Recently he co-edited a special issue on "Education and Migration" for The Journal of Global Ethics.


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Goethe University of Frankfurt
  • M.A. in Political and Economic Philosophy, University of Bern
  • B.A. in Philosophy and Economics, University of Bayreuth



  • 2018. “Internationalizing Nussbaum’s Model of Cosmopolitan Democratic Education.” Ethics and Education 13/2, 172–90
  • 2018. “Introduction: Education and Migration.” In Culp, Julian and Danielle Zwarthoed (eds.), "Education and Migration," special issue of The Journal of Global Ethics 14/2, 5–10, with Danielle Zwarthoed
  • 2016. “How Irresponsible Are Rising Powers?” Third World Quarterly 37/9, 1525–36
  • 2016. “Normative Reconstruction without Foundation.” European Journal of Political Theory 15/2, 248–55, with Leah Soroko 
  • 2014. Global Justice and Development. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan (Reviewed in: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Neue Politische Literatur, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Progress in Development Studies, Public Reason)

Conferences & Lectures


  • 2018. “Postcolonial Critiques of Transnational Democratic Education.” Global Justice in East Asian Context, Department of Philosophy, Sun Yat-Sen University
  • 2017. “Global Justice and Development in Contemporary Political Theory.” Law and Development Group Brown Bag Lunch, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law and Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, Heidelberg
  • 2017. “Education as a Matter of Global Justice: What Difference Does it Make?” Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies Spring 2017 Lecture Series, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven
  • 2015. “Response to Critics – Author-Meets-Critics-Session on Global Justice and Development.” Annual Conference of the Human Development and Capabilities Association, Georgetown University
  • 2015. “Why It Matters Whether a Theory of Justice is of Use in Practice.“ The Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts Weissbourd Conference, The University of Chicago


  • American Philosophical Association
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie
  • Human Development and Capability Association
  • International Development Ethics Association
  • The Global Justice Network

Research Areas

  • Development Ethics
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Economics
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Political Philosophy
  • The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory

Curriculum Vitae