Matt Zwolinski

Professor of Philosophy, University of San Diego

Director, USD Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy

Co-Director, USD Institute for Law and Philosophy

San Diego, CA 92110


Abbreviated Research Vita – For Full Vita in PDF format, click here


PhD 2003, University of Arizona

Committee: David Schmidtz (Director), Tom ChristianoAllen Buchanan.

BA (philosophy) and BS (political science) 1997, Santa Clara University


Areas of Specialization

Political Philosophy, Business Ethics, Environmental Ethics, History of Moral and Political Philosophy

Areas of Competence

Philosophy of Law, Ethical Theory

Statement of Research Interests

My work is in the intersection of politics, philosophy and economics. More specifically, I write about exploitation, libertarian political theory, and the idea of a Universal Basic Income.



The Individualists: Radicals, Reactionaries, and the Struggle for the Soul of Libertarianism (with John Tomasi, forthcoming with Princeton University Press, April 2023)

Basic Income: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Miranda Perry-Fleischer, under contract with Oxford University Press).

The Routledge Companion to Libertarianism (with Ben Ferguson, 2022)

Exploitation: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (with Ben Ferguson, under contract with Oxford University Press)

Arguing About Political Philosophy, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2014).

Papers in Progress

  • “Exploitation and Unfair Pricing”

Published Papers