Hi! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and core faculty member of the Kellogg Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. I have previously held positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapman University, Bielefeld University, the University of Hamburg, and Heidelberg University, and I was a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona. I earned my Habilitation in philosophy from the University of Hamburg in 2015 and my Ph.D. from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 2008. Munich is also where I was born and raised.
My main research interests are 1) the justification of basic economic-political institutions like private property, taxation and the welfare state; 2) normative questions that arise under circumstances of political disagreement, including the morality of making compromises in politics and the ideal of public justifiability; 3) political authority and legitimacy. I won the 2017 Sanders Prize in Political Philosophy for my paper "Rescuing Public Justification from Public Reason Liberalism".
I talk about some of my research in an interview with 3:am magazine from September 2017.
You can download my C.V. from my academia page, and you can contact me at fabianwendt[at]vt.edu.
Photo by Leslie King.