Erin Islo

I am a philosophy PhD student at Princeton and I concurrently received a JD from Yale Law School. In philosophy, I work in early modern metaphysics, ethics, and politics, and my favorite philosophical subject is essence (and eternity) in Spinoza's Ethics. My legal research interests are centered in procedure, privacy, the structure and regulation of the family, and the history and philosophy of political and legal thought. I spend time reading, writing, and thinking about the moral valences of systems, procedural justice, and the ontological foundations of ethical and political infrastructures. I also use philosophical, legal, and empirical methods to research how countries and communities can and should protect the rights and facilitate the well-being of children (and families) in various social, economic, and political environments.

I graduated from Haverford College with high honors in philosophy. Following college, I was a Watson Fellow. My project involved the socio-political space of children growing up outside "traditional" family structures. I lived and worked in Kazakhstan, India, Uganda, Ecuador, Peru, Estonia, Austria, and Germany. I conducted similar research in Romania and Belgium as an undergraduate through the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, and in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana as a law student. I received an MA magna cum laude in philosophy from KU Leuven.

At Yale Law School, I served as the president of First Generation Professionals. I was also a member of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, where I worked on projects that sought justice for victims of war in Bosnia, advocated for the rights of migrants in the Mediterranean region, and pursued accountability and transparency from the U.S. government concerning its family separation policies. Following law school, I clerked on the Second Circuit.

Aside from philosophy and law, I spend my time walking in the mountains and kayaking with my dog, teaching my cats the ABCs, and occasionally running long distances.