The University Center for Human Values is pleased to announce the award of the University Center’s Graduate Prize Fellowships to ten advanced graduate students who are working on interdisciplinary dissertations in the area of ethics and human values.
Aryeh Amihay is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Religion. His dissertation, "Law and Society in the Dead Sea Scrolls," offers new readings of the legal texts found in the caves of Qumran through the contemporary lens of legal theory and raises issues of natural law vs. positive law, the significance of criminal intent, and the aspects of gender and body. More contemporary interests include theories of separation and the politics of mobility, both of which he has explored to a limited extent on his Hebrew and English blogs. He has a B.A. magna cum laude in biblical studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Brookes Brown is a fourth-year graduate student in the Politics Department. Her dissertation develops an expanded view of civic obligation. She argues that democratic citizens in modern bureaucratic states have responsibilities that extend beyond voting and obedience and that reflect a division of labor between differentially positioned citizens. Brown’s other research interests include the distinction between ideal and non-ideal conditions and related actions, and the possibility of moral expertise. She has an A.B. in political science from Brown University.
Felipe Cala is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures. His dissertation explores the way in which different instances of cultural activity in Argentina, Columbia, and Peru have addressed and proposed alternative approaches to the paradigmatic problems of Latin American democracies that have hindered the realization of substantive citizenship. Cala has a degree in law and literature from the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá (Colombia); and an M.Phil in European literature and culture from the University of Cambridge.
Richard Chappell is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Philosophy. His dissertation explores what consequentialists can learn from the 'fitting attitudes' analysis of value and how attention to 'fittingness' evaluations can help the consequentialist respond to several traditional objections. Chappell has a B.A. in philosophy from the Australian National University and a B.A. from the University of Canterbury.
Loubna El Amine is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Politics. Her dissertation, which explores the concept of politics in Classical Confucianism, seeks to re-conceptualize the Confucian project as primarily political, rather than ethical, and argues that the key motivating concern of Classical Confucianism is the search for a solution to the problem of political order. In addition, her dissertation critically investigates the study of non-Western traditions of political thought and the emergence of the field of comparative political theory. Loubna has a B.A. in political studies from the American University of Beirut.
Josh Gillon is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Philosophy. His dissertation is about intentionalism in the philosophy of art and why it can't possibly be true. Other research interests include ethics (particularly metaethics), logic, and certain historical topics (primarily ancient philosophy and Nietzsche). Josh has a B.A. in philosophy and classical studies from Brigham Young University.
Andrew Huddleston is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Philosophy. His dissertation, “Nietzsche on the Decadence and Flourishing of Culture,” investigates the role of culture in Nietzsche’s work. Huddleston argues that Nietzsche, rather than moving away from cultural concerns in his later writings, as many scholars think he does, instead grows increasingly interested in culture as a social achievement of the utmost importance in its own right. Huddleston’s research interests range more broadly in 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, as well as in aesthetics, ethics, epistemology, and social philosophy. He has an A.B. magna cum laude in philosophy from Brown University.
Alex Levitov is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Politics. His dissertation seeks to develop a unified theory of political legitimacy in the global context of moral and religious pluralism by exploring the manner in which states must take into account the particular traditions, practices, and attitudes of their members in order to count as legitimate. The dissertation also builds on this domestic focus on legitimacy to inquire into the proper scope of international toleration and develops a context-sensitive view that defends and elaborates the commitment to collective self-determination found in international law and practice. Levitov has a B.A. with high honors in social studies from Wesleyan University.
Julie Rose is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Politics. Her dissertation explores how normative theory ought to conceive of leisure, arguing that leisure ought to be understood as a basic liberty or human right, rather than as a distributive good. The dissertation also considers the role of leisure in democratic politics. Her other interests include republicanism, utopianism, and early modern political thought. She has a B.S. with honors in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.
Dan Walker is a fifth-year student in the Department of English. His dissertation explores the relationship of uncertainty and sociability in British literature between 1760 and 1820; specifically, how works by Laurence Sterne, Anna Barbauld, Jane Austen, and John Keats postulate epistemological, affective, and semantic uncertainties as social facilitators rather than social obstacles. His other interests include eighteenth century philosophy, modern affect theory, faculty psychology, biopolitics, and animal rights. Dan has a B.A. in English from Hamilton College, graduating as its valedictorian in 2005.