JSP Student Profile

Joel Sati


Year: Advanced to Candidacy (ABD) - JSP

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I am a PhD Candidate in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program, and a JD Candidate at the Yale Law School. My research interests are in law and philosophy, with my topical interests are in jurisprudence, practical reason, moral philosophy, and social epistemology. I focus on how noncitizens are excluded from epistemic practices in law, political discourse, and the press.

The above interests motivate two projects I am working on. For one project, I'm working on a paper that explicates the concept of illegalization, which I define as the legal-institutional processes that render people illegal by positioning those illegalized as less-than-capable knowers in the law. In another project, I am working on how misinformation in political discourse presents an existential threat to democracy.

In addition to academic writing, I have written or been otherwise featured in publications such as the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and the Berkeley Blog, among others.

I live in New Haven, CT with my cat Marlo.


B.A., Philosophy, City College of New York, 2016 (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School (Expected 2022)
Ph.D. Candidate, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, Berkeley Law (Expected 2023, Advanced to Candidacy 2019)

Website: https://berkeley.academia.edu/sati


Criminal Law
Philosophy of Action and Practical Reason
Emergency in Social Theory
Immigration and Illegality
Epistemic Injustice


2019 Recipient, Thomas I. Yamashita FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE prize.
2018 Fellow, Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.
William K. Coblentz Fellow, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Spring 2017 & Fall 2017.

Academic Experiences:

Graduate Student Instructor, Immigration Law (Spring 2019)
Graduate Student Instructor, Theories of Justice (Fall 2018)
Graduate Student Instructor, Philosophy of Law (Spring 2018)
Graduate Student Instructor, Theories of Justice (Fall 2017)
Graduate Student Instructor, Special Topics in Law and Society: The Immigrant Rights Movement (Fall 2017)
Visiting Researcher, Stanford University (Summer 2014)

Curriculum Vitae