Constitutional Law; Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; APD; Ethics and Public Policy; Normative Ethics; Democratic Theory; American Political Thought; Modern Political Thought; Contemporary Political Thought; History of Ideas


Chloé Bakalar is Assistant Professor of Political Science. She is also a Visiting Research Collaborator at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). She is a political and legal theorist with a background in American politics. Her work focuses on philosophical and legal questions surrounding freedom of speech, especially in relation to liberal democratic citizenship. Additional research interests include: constitutional law; civil rights/civil liberties (esp. First Amendment); APD; ethics and public policy (esp. technology ethics); normative ethics; democratic theory; American political thought; modern political thought; contemporary political thought; and the history of ideas. She is currently completing a book, "Small Talk: The Impact of Social Speech on Liberal Democratic Citizenship," which examines neglected concerns for the everyday in political theory and Anglo-American public law, and introduces a framework for understanding how everyday talk (i.e., “social speech”), especially online, influences liberal democratic citizenship and political outcomes in both positive and negative ways. She also recently authored (with Bendert Zevenbergen) a series of educational use case studies in the emerging field of AI Ethics:

Professor Bakalar received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. from New York University. Before joining Temple, she was a Senior Research Specialist at CITP and completed the Values and Public Policy Postdoc at Princeton's University Center for Human Values (UCHV) and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP).

Selected Publications

Courses Taught

  • Freedom of Speech in Theory and Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Modern Political Thought