Jennifer Kling, Ph.D.


Jennifer Kling, Ph.D.

Associate Professor / Director, Center for Legal Studies
Department of Philosophy
COLU 4057
Office Hours:
Thursdays and Fridays | 9:30 am - 12 pm
Virtual appointments also available; please email!

Professional Summary

Jennifer Kling is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Legal Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Her research focuses on social and political philosophy, particularly issues in war and peace, protest, feminism, and philosophy of race. She is the author of Can War Be Justified? A Debate (with Andrew Fiala, Routledge 2023), Racist, Not Racist, Antiracist: Language and the Dynamic Disaster of American Racism (with Leland Harper, Lexington 2022), The Philosophy of Protest: Fighting for Justice without Going to War (with Megan Mitchell, Rowman & Littlefield 2021), War Refugees: Risk, Justice, and Moral Responsibility (Lexington 2019), and numerous articles in academic journals and edited collections. She is the President (2024-2025) of Concerned Philosophers for Peace, the largest, most active organization of professional philosophers in North America involved in the analysis of the causes of war and prospects for peace. She is also the coach of the UCCS Ethics Bowl Team and the main organizer for Philosophy in the City.

Jen grew up in Indiana and received a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to coming to Colorado Springs, she taught for three years at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. In her spare time, she whitewater kayaks, does aerial silks, takes her husky on long hikes, and is hopelessly addicted to Skittles.

For more information, please visit Professor Kling’s scholarly profile.

Philosophical Areas of Special Interest

  • Philosophy of War
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Normative and Applied Ethics
  • Feminism
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Early Modern Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Race

Regularly Taught Courses

PHIL 1150What is Justice?Course Syllabus
PHIL 3200Politics and the LawCourse Syllabus
PHIL 3230Gender, Race, and SexualityCourse Syllabus
PHIL 3240Political Violence: Peace, War, and TerrorismCourse Syllabus
PHIL 4260Philosophy of LawCourse Syllabus

Who's Responsible for Refugee Justice?

"Who Owes What to War Refugees?"

"Why You 'Can't Even' Talk About Politics"

Curriculum Vitae