Johanna Thoma obtained her PhD in Philosophy at the University of Toronto in 2017 (supervised by Sergio Tenenbaum); during the PhD she also spent two semesters at the MCMP as a visiting student. She joined the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics as an Assistant Professor in 2016 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2020. Starting March 2023, she is Professor of Ethics at the University of Bayreuth.
Johanna’s research focuses on methodological, moral and political questions at the intersection of philosophy, economics and public policy. She has made contributions to decision theory, philosophy of economics, ethics and philosophy of public policy. She is especially interested in decision-making under uncertainty and in dynamic settings, and, where such decisions are collective ones, in how they can avoid problematic paternalism and have democratic legitimacy.
- “Time for Caution,” Philosophy and Public Affairs 50 (1), pp. 50-89, 2022.
- “In Defence of Revealed Preference Theory”, Economics and Philosophy 37 (2), pp. 163-187, 2021.
- “Instrumental Rationality Without Separability”, Erkenntnis 85, pp. 1219–1240, 2020.
- “Risk Aversion and the Long Run”, Ethics 129 (2), pp. 230–253, 2019.
- “Bargaining and the Impartiality of the Social Contract”, in Philosophical Studies 172 (12), pp. 3335-3355, 2015.
- “The Epistemic Division of Labor Revisited”, in Philosophy of Science 82 (3), pp. 454-472, 2015.