University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania Faculty Fellowship

Research Topic

Free Speech for and about Jews: A Legal and Normative Analysis


Sigal Ben-Porath is a professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She is an expert in both the philosophy of education and political philosophy, and serves as Faculty Director of the SNF Paideia Program.

Ben-Porath received her PhD from Tel Aviv University. She is an executive committee member of the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy at Penn, and was previously a fellow in residence at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, as well as a Penn Faculty Fellow at the Katz Center in 2022–2023 (Jews and Modern Legal Culture).

Selected publications

  • Making up Our Mind: What School Choice is Really About (University of Chicago Press, 2019)
  • Free Speech on Campus (Penn Press, 2017)
  • Varieties of Sovereignty and Citizenship (Penn Press, 2012)



Studying law between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries, an age of transition from a world of empires to the modern age of the nation-state and international law.