UCHV announces visitors for 2012-13 academic year

Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012
by aperhac

The University Center for Human Values is pleased to announce the Center’s Visiting Faculty and Fellows for 2012-13. Our visiting colleagues will devote a year’s residence in Princeton to research, writing, and teaching about ethics and human values.




Peter Brooks is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholar at Princeton and directs a university-wide seminar open to students and faculty entitled "The Ethics of Reading and the Cultures of Professionalism." Brooks is also the Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature Emeritus at Yale University, where he began teaching in 1965. He is the author of several books, including Enigmas of Identity (2011), Henry James Goes to Paris (2007), Realist Vision (2005), Troubling Confessions: Speaking Guilt in Law and Literature (2000), Psychoanalysis and Storytelling (1994), Body Work (1993), Reading for the Plot (1984), The Melodramatic Imagination (1976), and The Novel of Worldliness (1969). He is also the author of two novels, World Elsewhere (1999) and The Emperor’s Body (2011). He co-edited, with Paul Gewirtz, Law’s Stories (1996) and, with Alex Woloch, Whose Freud? (2000). His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, London Review of Books, Critical Inquiry, New Literary History, Yale Law Journal, and elsewhere.



Elizabeth Ashford is lecturer in philosophy at the University of St. Andrews and works in moral and political philosophy. Published articles in these areas include “Utilitarianism, Integrity and Partiality” (Journal of Philosophy, 2000), “The Demandingness of Scanlon’s Contractualism” (Ethics, 2003), and “The Alleged Dichotomy between Positive and Negative Rights and Duties” (2009).  While at Princeton she will be writing the book Violations of the Human Right to Subsistence. 

Sonali Chakravarti is assistant professor of government at Wesleyan University. She is completing a manuscript on anger, testimony and justice after mass violence. Her work on transitional justice and the emotions has appeared in Constellations and is forthcoming in Theory and Event. While at Princeton she will investigate the impact of universal participation on trust and citizenship in the post-genocide gacaca courts in Rwanda.


Dallas G. Denery II is associate professor of history at Bowdoin College and specializes in medieval and early modern European religious and intellectual history. He is the author of Seeing and Being Seen in the Later Medieval World (2005) and co-editor of Uncertain Knowledge in the Middle Ages (forthcoming). While at Princeton he hopes to complete his second book, Liars: Deception, the Individual and the Origins of Modernity, which examines the history of lying from the Garden of Eden until the end of the seventeenth century.


Kimberly Kessler Ferzan is professor of law at Rutgers University, School of Law – Camden and associate graduate faculty at the Rutgers philosophy department in New Brunswick. She works in criminal law theory and is co-author, with Larry Alexander and Stephen Morse, of  Crime and Culpability: A Theory of Criminal Law (2009)While at Princeton she will be working on a book, From Defense to Detention:  A Theory of Liability to Preventive Force.


Chris Heathwood is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder and works mainly in theoretical ethics. He has published articles in Philosophical StudiesAustralasian Journal of Philosophy, Oxford Studies in Metaethics, and elsewhere on desire theories of welfare, the nature of pleasure, various topics in metaethics, and other topics. While at Princeton he will be writing a book on desire theories of welfare.


Bennett Helm is professor of philosophy at Franklin & Marshall College and works in moral psychology, autonomy, and philosophy of mind, emphasizing the role emotions play in each of these domains. He is the author of Emotional Reason: Deliberation, Motivation, and the Nature of Value (2001) and Love, Friendship, and the Self: Intimacy, Identification, and the Social Nature of Persons (2009). While at Princeton he plans to write a book, Defining Moral Communities: Respect, Dignity, and the Reactive Attitudes.


Michael Otsuka is professor of philosophy at University College London. His publications include Libertarianism without Inequality (2003), “Saving Lives, Moral Theory, and the Claims of Individuals” (Philosophy & Public Affairs, 2006), “Incompatibilism and the Avoidability of Blame” (Ethics, 1998), and “Killing the Innocent in Self-Defense” (Philosophy and Public Affairs, 1994). While at Princeton he will be writing papers related to the themes of a project entitled “Self and Other, Now and Later: the Unity of the Person, the Claims of Others, and the Significance of Risky Prospects versus Actual Outcomes.”


Henry S. Richardson is professor of philosophy at Georgetown University. His work is centered on individual, political, and moral practical reasoning, as well as medical research ethics. His publications include Practical Reasoning about Final Ends (1994), Democratic Autonomy (2002), and Moral Entanglements: Medical Researchers’ Ancillary-Care Obligations (forthcoming, 2012). He is currently the editor of Ethics. While at Princeton he will be working on a book,  Articulating the Moral Community.


Alex Voorhoeve is senior lecturer in philosophy at the London School of Economics. He works on distributive ethics, rational choice theory, and moral psychology. He has co-authored, with Michael Otsuka,  "Why It Matters that Some Are Worse Off than Others" (Philosophy and Public Affairs, 2009), in addition to "Egalitarianism and the Separateness of Persons" (Utilitas, 2012) and "Decide as You Would with Full Information! An Argument against ex ante Pareto” (Health Inequality: Ethics and Measurement, forthcoming), with Marc Fleurbaey. While at Princeton, he aims to work with Michael Otsuka and Marc Fleurbaey on developing an egalitarian view of distributive ethics which can deal appropriately with risky cases and non-identity cases. He also aims to advance his experimental work on when we can trust our intuitions in distributive cases.


Jason L. Schwartz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History and Sociology of Science and an associate fellow at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research examines historical, ethical, and policy issues in medicine and public health. He is currently completing his dissertation, “External Factors: Advisory Committees, Decision-Making, and American Public Health, 1962-1999.” Schwartz holds an A.B. in classics from Princeton University and master’s degrees in bioethics and the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania. He has previously served on the staff of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.


VALUES AND PUBLIC POLICY POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES (jointly appointed with the Woodrow Wilson School)


Mark Alfano specializes in ethics and moral psychology.  While at Princeton, he will be working on an empirically informed theory of the nature of desire, preference, and value, along with the upshots of this theory for accounts of right action, practical rationality, and public policy.  Mark holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Princeton.  He has also written extensively on Nietzsche and experimental philosophy.  He will be affiliated with the Center for Health & Wellbeing in the Woodrow Wilson School and will teach a course in the spring term on a topic in moral psychology.


Simon Cotton has research interests in the ethics of economic life and of the economic order, both national and global. He has a particular interest in how economic ties, such as those of trade and treaty, might ground special obligations—duties that are owed to a subset of persons only. Simon is currently completing his Ph.D. in government at Cornell, where his primary field is political theory. He also holds an M.A. in international relations from the Australian National University, and a B.A. in history and economics from the University of Oxford. He will be affiliated with the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance in the Woodrow Wilson School.