Dr. Karl Widerquist

Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University-Qatar (GU-Q)

Academia | Research | Income Equality and Impact of Capitalism on Communities
AffiliationGeorgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q)

Karl Widerquist is a professor of philosophy at Georgetown University in Qatar. He holds two doctorates—one in Political Theory from Oxford University (2006) and one in Economics from the City University of New York (1996).

Dr. Widerquist specializes in political philosophy. His research is mostly in the area of distributive justice—the ethics of who has what.

Dr. Widerquist is best known as an advocate of basic income, but has also published on many topics in fields as diverse as economics, politics, philosophy, and anthropology.

Dr. Widerquist was a founding editor of the journal, Basic Income Studies. He has published dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters. His articles have appeared in journals such as the Eastern Economic Journal; Political Studies; Politics and Society; and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; Raisons Politiques.

He has published 11 books, including The Prehistory of Private Property (Edinburgh University Press 2021), the Problem of Property (Palgrave Macmillan 2023), and Universal Basic Income: Essential Knowledge (MIT Press 2024).