Jon Garthoff earned his Ph.D. from UCLA and did his undergraduate work at Princeton. Before joining UTK in 2011 he was an assistant professor at Northwestern University and a visiting assistant professor at the University of Chicago.

Jon Garthoff's work is primarily in moral and political philosophy, and he is especially interested in what the Kantian tradition contributes to these areas of thought. More specifically he's interested in how a theory of moral obligation can cohere with a plausible theory of value and in how the pursuit of this project helps to solve problems in the theories of justice and legitimacy.