Kinch Hoekstra works on the history of political, moral, and legal thought, especially ancient, renaissance, and early modern political philosophy. Recent contributions to ancient political thought include "Athenian Democracy and Popular Tyranny" (2016), "Thucydides and the Politics of Necessity" (2017, with Mark Fisher), and "The Liberties of the Ancients" (2018, with Quentin Skinner). Another focus of my research has been the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes (including studies of his theory of equality, obligation, democracy, tyranny, mixed government, natural law, and the rationality of justice); I co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Hobbes (2016). Work that bridges these two areas includes "Hobbes and Aristotle on the Foundation of Political Science" (2019, with Nicholas Gooding) and "Hobbes's Thucydides" (2016).
Kinch Hoekstra is a Professor of Law at Berkeley Law, and an affiliated professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Classics. From 1996 to 2007, He was a member of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, where he also regularly taught graduate students in the Faculty of Classics and the Department of Politics and International Relations. During this same period, he was the Leveson Gower Fellow in Ancient and Modern Philosophy at Balliol College.