I am a research analyst at the Open Philanthropy Project and a doctoral student in philosophy at the University of Oxford. My research focuses on risks to humanity's long-term future.


I was a PhD student in philosophy at NYU from 2016-2018 (though I spent the academic year of 2017-18 in Oxford). I have a BPhil in philosophy from Oxford (Merton College), and a BA in philosophy from Yale. 


I am also interested in meditation. I have spent over a year of my life on silent meditation retreat, in stretches ranging from a few days to three months, and I have been sitting daily since 2008. 


I spent the academic year of 2017-18 working as a research assistant at the Future of Humanity Institute. I have also interned at the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, a non-profit law office that defends people facing the death penalty; at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society; and at Oxford's Global Priorities Institute


Email: joseph [dot] k [dot] carlsmith [at] gmail [dot] com


Here is my CV.

Here's a video of a talk I gave about the importance of the long-term future.

Here is a video of a talk I gave about population ethics. There's also a short intro to the same paper here.