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This page is a summary of my educational background, academic publications, major awards, and key research and teaching experiences. 

For a copy of my full CV, please click here



I am a political philosopher specialising in theories of social, global, and distributive justice. I have particular interests in egalitarianism, global health justice and biomedical ethics, the nature and scope of our duties and responsibilities of justice, the nature and significance of vulnerability in justice and normative ethical theories, and methodology in political philosophy. I bring a solid research and publication record as well as significant undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervising experience.

Area of Specialisation:

Social and political philosophy, moral philosophy (especially normative and applied ethics), bioethics


Area of Competence

Moral philosophy (including meta-ethics), legal philosophy, feminist philosophy, philosophy of race, philosophy of medicine



Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil/PhD) in Political Philosophy
University of Oxford

2021-2023 (expected)

Thesis Title: Health Equity Beyond Borders: The Demands of Justice in Global Health

Supervisors: Prof. David Miller FBA and Prof. Jonathan Wolff

Supported by a Rhodes Scholarship

Master of Philosophy in Political Theory
University of Oxford

2019-2021 (Awarded with Distinction)

Thesis Title: Remedial Responsibility for Global Health Injustice

Supervisors: Prof. Daniel Butt and Prof. Jonathan Wolff

Supported by a Rhodes Scholarship

Provost's Scholar in Philosophy (Visiting Student)
University of Oxford

​2018 (Distinction)​

Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy and Politics)

University of Auckland
2014-2018 (A+, Dean's Honours List)
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Population Health)
University of Auckland
2014-2018 (A)



Academic Publications


Johann Go. (forthcoming). "The Expressive Function of Healthcare." Journal of Ethics.

Johann Go. (forthcoming). "Facts, Principles, and Global Justice: Does the Real World Matter?" Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy

Johann Go. (2020). "Two-Level Luck Egalitarianism: Reconciling Rights, Respect, and Responsibility," Journal of Value Inquiry

Johann Go. (2019). “Structure, Choice, and Responsibility.” Ethics and Behavior 30, no. 3 (pp. 230-46).

Johann Go. (2018). “Should Gender Reassignment Surgery be Publicly Funded?” Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 15, no. 4 (pp. 527-34).

Johann Go. (2018). “Mill and the Limits of Freedom of Expression: Truth, Lies, and Harm.” International Journal of Applied Philosophy 32, no. 1 (pp. 1-18).

Academic Work Experience


Lists of courses taught and teaching evaluations are available upon request.

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Career Development Lecturer (Stipendiary Lecturer) in Political Theory

Pembroke College, University of Oxford

September 2022 - present

Stipendiary Lecturer in Political Theory 

Jesus College, University of Oxford

January 2022 - December 2022

Seminar Leader for Philosophy and Public Policy (Master of Public Policy Course)

Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford


Tutor in Political Philosophy

University of Oxford

(Department of Politics and International Relations, Worcester College, Exeter College, Lincoln College) 

2020 - present

Academic Visitor in Political Theory

Worcester College, University of Oxford

2018 - 2019

Provost's Scholar in Philosophy

Worcester College, University of Oxford


Summer Research Scholar in Health Ethics

Health Research Council of New Zealand
Major Awards


Jacobsen Studentship Award (2022)
Royal Institute of Philosophy
Aristotelian Society Student Bursary Award (2022)
Aristotelian Society
Prize for Academic Distinction (2021)

Worcester College, University of Oxford

Rhodes Scholarship (2019)

University of Oxford

Provost's Scholarship (2018)

Worcester College, University of Oxford

Dean's Honours List (2018)

University of Auckland

First in Course Awards (Recipient of 15 Awards) 

University of Auckland


Local Hero Medal (2019)

KiwiBank New Zealander of the Year Awards

Youth Volunteer of the Year, Runner Up (2017)

Ministry of Health

Mayoral Commendation Award (2013)

Upper Hutt City Council

Grand Prior's Award (2011)

The Order of St John

Conference Presentations


"Pluralising Health Disadvantage: Towards Genuine Opportunity for Health." Paper presented at the Recalibrating Global Justice Philosophy Early Career Researchers' Workshop (YTL Centre for Philosophy, Politics and Law, King's College London, October 2022)

"Disaggregating Structural Injustice." Paper presented at the MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory (University of Manchester, September 2022) and at the Nuffield Political Theory Workshop (University of Oxford, October 2022)

"Remedial Responsibilities for Global Health Emergencies: Who Should Act?" Paper presented at the Peter Sowerby Interdisciplinary Workshop in Philosophy and Medicine (King's College London, November 2021)

"The Expressive Function of Healthcare." Paper presented at the Oxford Work in Political Theory (OWIPT) Seminar (Nuffield College, University of Oxford, December 2021); Munich Graduate Conference in Ethics (LMU-Munich, Online, July 2021); and at the Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and Mind Association (University of Hertfordshire, Online, July 2021)

"Health and Immigration Enforcement." Paper presented at the Ethical Immigration Enforcement WorkshopUniversity of Essex (Online, February 2021)

"Remedying Global Health Injustice." Invited Talk for Oxford Public Philosophy (May 2020)

"Health Equity Beyond Borders: Towards Global Health Justice." Warwick Graduate Conference in Political and Legal Theory, University of Warwick (February 2020)

"Should the state fund gender reassignment surgery?" Institute of Medical Ethics Annual Conference (Oxford, June 2018) 

"The politics and ethics of open borders." Invited Talk for Franks Society Graduate Conference, Worcester College, University of Oxford (May 2018)

Academic Service


  • Peer Reviewing: [List Available on Full CV]

  • Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Oxford, Co-Convenor (2020 - present)

  • Philiminality Oxford, Vice-President (2020 - present), Interim President (2019)

  • Worcester College, Oxford, MCR President (2020-21)

  • University of Oxford: Admissions Interviewer for BA Honours in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and BA Honours in History and Politics (2022)

Public Engagement


  • Public policy work, including under contract for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Immigration New Zealand, and the Department of Internal Affairs. 

  • “Volunteering for Justice, Inclusion, and Impact.” Keynote Speaker for National Volunteering Week 2019. Legislative Council Chamber, Parliament of New Zealand. (June 2019). By invitation of Hon. Peeni Henare, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector and Minister for Whānau Ora (Māori Development).

  • Several media articles in the New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media and Stuff NZ (New Zealand’s largest media outlet) on politics and philosophy (8 articles ranging from the philosophy of homelessness and Rawls, to euthanasia and global justice). (2015-2018)

  • Media appearance (6 minutes) discussing ‘Diversity, Multiculturalism and Community’ for the Neighbourhood programme on Television New Zealand (Channel 1, 2017). 

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