Ela Leshem

Ela Leshem

I was born and raised in Freiburg, Germany, and graduated in 2009 from the classics-focused Berthold Gymnasium. While at school, I completed a yearlong Judaic Studies program at the Lauder Midrasha in Berlin and received diplomas in music performance from the conservatories of Stuttgart and Bern. I have been a fellow of the G.C. Starck Foundation since 2006, and of the German National Academic Foundation since 2010. In 2013, I graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, majoring in History and Philosophy. While at Yale, I served as co-president of the Young Israel House, worked for a Public Interest Law firm on a Liman Summer Fellowship, and volunteered at a Homelessness Prevention clinic. On a Rhodes Scholarship, I then pursued my philosophical studies at the University of Oxford - first under the supervision of Prof. Jeremy Waldron and later under the supervision of Prof. Ralf Bader and Prof. Simon Caney. From 2016 to 2017, I visited Princeton University on a Fleet Fellowship to study with Prof. Anna Stilz and Prof. Philip Pettit. My current research examines the binding of later generations through laws and contracts.

Prof. Ralf Bader, Prof. Simon Caney

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