My research is in the fields of political philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of law, with a focus on the early Chinese tradition, especially Confucian and Legalist views on the relationship between morality and politics. Although I find these thinkers fascinating in their own right, one of the main goals of my research is to demonstrate that the ideas of these early Chinese thinkers can illuminate many contemporary philosophical debates and contribute meaningfully to discussions in contemporary political philosophy and ethics.

I currently teach in the Department of Religion & Philosophy at Hong Kong Baptist University, but I will move to Colorado State University’s Philosophy Department in January 2021. Previously, I taught at  City University of Hong Kong, and I was recently a Visiting Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington. I have also taught at Yonsei University’s Underwood International College in Seoul, South Korea and at Santa Clara University in California.

My first book, The Shenzi Fragments: A Philosophical Analysis and Translation was published by Columbia University Press. You can read more about it here.

Henrique Schneider and I have just edited a special issue for The Philosophical Forum on The Philosophy of Mozi – Impartial Caring in the Warring States Period.

Please feel free to peruse this site to learn more about me, my teaching, and my research.

You can contact me at elharris [at]