About Me

Kierstan Kaushal-Carter is a Democracy Doctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. She is a fifth-year doctoral student in African and African American Studies and Government at Harvard University researching and writing about policing in the twenty-first century. Her dissertation, A New Ethical Foundation for Policing offers a novel account of “the police,” what citizens can expect them to do, and how they ought to do it. By arguing from first principles about the value of political association, the dissertation concludes that just policing must support our ability to live together. Her research interests span political theory, the history of African American political thought, legal philosophy, and urban sociology, with special attention to the conceptual resources these fields offer in theorizing political institutions. She is the current graduate coordinator for the Institute on  Policing, Incarceration, and Public Safety at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.


Kierstan received an M.A. in Government from Harvard University and a B.A.in English and American Culture Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Her published writings can be found in The St. Louis Anthology (Belt Publishing, 2019), and The New Republic Magazine.