Diana Acosta Navas
HAI-EIS Embedded EthiCS Fellow
Diana Acosta Navas holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University, where she worked as adjunct lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She was a recipient of the Edmond J. Safra Center Graduate Fellowship during the academic year 2017-2018, and worked as part of the Embedded EthiCS program in the years 2019 and 2020. Diana studied Philosophy at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, after which she did a Master's program at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She works at the intersection of applied ethics, political philosophy, and public policy, addressing issues related to the protection of human rights in scenarios where violence, prejudice and inequality prevent their effective exercise. She has worked on analyzing the moral and political significance of transitional justice institutions and how these can be morally justified to the victims of human rights violations. Her current work analyzes how the moral principles that inspire the right to free speech may be best upheld in the current public forum and the role of digital platforms in creating conditions for a healthy public debate. Diana is an Embedded EthiCS Fellow in partnership with the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) and the Computer Science Department.