Katharine Jackson

Katharine Jackson

Research Interest

A Ph.D. candidate in political theory, Katharine Jackson's research attempts to “norm” the “fact” of the business corporation in contemporary liberal, constitutional democracies. Because corporations are neither states nor individuals, liberal thought often blinks at the particular role they play in either perverting or vindicating conditions of social justice. For example, liberal egalitarians might focus upon their distributive impact while eliding the domination intrinsic to the operation of their hierarchical governance institutions. Similarly, libertarians might dismiss the role of law in cementing the power structures of these quasi-public entities, trusting instead that contractual agency will fulfill individual liberties. Ms.Jackson's dissertation project, in contrast, attempts to construct a normative, critical framework through which we might locate and assess such phenomena. In short, she attempts to locate a legitimate moral and political standing for the corporation vis-à-vis the individual outsider, the corporate insider, and the state.

Ms. Jackson's interests thus engage political economy and legal theory as she explores concepts like corporate personhood, non-state forms of political authority (e.g., group sovereignty), constitutional theory, property rights, consent and contractualism. 

Prior to her Ph.D. studies, Ms. Jackson practiced corporate law in Delaware state and federal courts, including the representation of clients in shareholder derivative suits, securities fraud litigation, and intellectual property disputes. She received her B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, her J.D. from the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law (Graduate Research Fellow), and an LLM in Transnational Law from Temple University (Faculty Award), where she concentrated in comparative corporate law and international finance. 

Ms. Jackson's teaching experience includes classes in modern political thought, justice, international politics, and international political economy.  She is a submissions coordinator for the journal Constellations and benefits from the advice and expertise of Professor Jean L. Cohen.

LLM, International Law, Temple University 2011 (Faculty Award); J.D., 2005, College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law (Graduate Research Fellowship); B.A., 2002, University of Pennsylvania; Delaware state and federal bar, admitted 2006; Certificate in Comparative Corporate Law, 2011, Cornell University/Paris-1 (Sorbonne)


"Disaggregating Corpus Christi:  Illiberal Implications of Hobby Lobby’s Right to Free Exercise"
14 First Amendment Law Review 376
Winter 2015-2016

"Towards A Stakeholder-Shareholder Theory of Corporate Governance"
Hastings Business Law Journal
May 3, 2011

"Pension Funding the Future: Encouraging Sustainable and Socially Responsible Development"
The International Lawyer
December 12, 2010

"Co-Editor, ABA International Law Year-in-Review 2011"
ABA, SMU-Dedman School of Law


"Corporate Personhood: Contextualizing the Autonomy Rights of Big Business"
Duke University Political Theory Graduate Student Workshop, Spring 2017

"Disaggregating Corpus Christi: The Illiberal Implications of Hobby Lobby's Right to Free Exercise"
Columbia University Department of Religion, "Sex and Money: A Religious Studies Conference"
Spring 2016, New York, NY

"Making a Loud Exit: Apathy, Exclusion, and Democratic Responsiveness"
Midwestern Political Science Association, Spring 2015, Chicago, Illinois

"The Fallacy of Shareholder Ownership Under Locke's Liberal Theory"
Western Political Science Association, Spring 2014, Seattle, Washington