Ted Lechterman

theodore lechterman
I am a Research Fellow at the Institute for Ethics in AI since 2020. I was educated at Harvard (AB) and Princeton (MA, PhD) and have held previous research fellowships at Stanford University, Goethe University, and the Hertie School.



For an up-to-date publications list, please see http://www.theodore-lechterman.com/curriculum-vitae.


My main line of research investigates what democracy demands from different kinds of agents, such as artificial agents, commercial corporations, and non-profit organizations. I am interested especially in how concerns about democratic legitimacy apply to the ethics of artificial intelligence -- i.e., how decisions about AI ethics should be made, and by whom. I have also written extensively on how democratic values apply to private initiatives to promote the public good. A monograph titled The Tyranny of Generosity: Why Philanthropy Corrupts Our Politics and How We Can Fix It, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.