Charles R. BeitzDirector of the University Center for Human Values, Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics
Phone (609) 258-4853
Fax (609) 258-2729
Location 302 Marx Hall
Chuck Beitz teaches political philosophy in the Department of Politics. His research interests focus on global political theory, democratic theory, the theory of human rights, theories of property and various other topics. He did graduate work in philosophy at the University of Michigan and in politics and the Program in Political Philosophy at Princeton. He began teaching at Swarthmore College. In 1991 he was appointed dean for academic affairs and professor of government and legal studies at Bowdoin College. He returned to Princeton in 2001 and has been director of the University Center since 2009. For more information, go here.
Peter BrooksLecturer with the Rank of Professor, Comparative Literature and the University Center for Human Values
Phone (609) 258-0198
Fax (609) 258-1285
Location Room 103, 5 Ivy Lane
Peter Brooks is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholar at Princeton, and Sterling Professor Emeritus from Yale University. He has published on narrative and narrative theory, on 19th and 20th century French and English literature, and on the relations of law and literature. He is the author of several books, including Enigmas of Identity (2011), Henry James Goes to Paris (2007), Realist Vision (2005), Troubling Confessions (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). His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, New York Review of Books, Critical Inquiry, New Literary History, Yale Journal of Law & Humanities and elsewhere.
Christopher EisgruberPresident of the University, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values
Phone (609) 258-3026
Fax (609) 258-0701
Location 1 Nassau Hall
Christopher Eisgruber became president of Princeton University on July 1, 2013. His research focuses on constitutional theory, the Supreme Court, religious freedom, and civil liberties. He is the author of The Next Justice: Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process (2007), Religious Freedom and the Constitution (2007) (coauthored with Lawrence G. Sager), and Constitutional Self-Government (2001). In 2005, he coedited (with Andras Sajo) a volume of papers on universalism, human rights, and local justice titled Global Justice and the Bulwarks of Localism: Human Rights in Context (2005). He has also published widely in leading law journals. Before his appointment as president of the university, Eisgruber was provost for nine years. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Marc FleurbaeyRobert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies; Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values
Phone (609) 258-3506
Location 341 Wallace Hall
Marc Fleurbaey is Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies, and Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values. He has been an economist at INSEE (Paris), a professor of economics at the Universities of Cergy-Pontoise and Pau (France), and a research director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. He has also been a Lachmann Fellow and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, a research associate at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE, Louvain-la-Neuve) and the Institute for Public Economics (IDEP, Marseilles), and a visiting researcher at Oxford. He is a former editor of the journal Economics and Philosophy and since 2012 is the coordinating editor of Social Choice and Welfare. He is the author of Fairness, Responsibility, and Welfare (2008), a co-author of Beyond GDP (with Didier Blanchet, 2013), A Theory of Fairness and Social Welfare(with François Maniquet, 2011), and the coeditor of several books, including Justice, Political Liberalism, and Utilitarianism: Themes from Harsanyi and Rawls (with Maurice Salles and John Weymark, 2008). His research on normative and public economics and theories of distributive justice has focused in particular on the analysis of equality of opportunity, risk, redistributive taxation, climate policy, and on seeking solutions to famous impossibilities of social choice theory.
Johann FrickAssistant Professor, University Center for Human Values and the Department of Philosophy
Phone (609) 258-9494
Fax (609) 258-1502
Location 203 Marx Hall
Johann Frick, B.Phil., Oxford (2008); Ph.D., Harvard (2014), joined the University Center for Human Values and the Department of Philosophy in the spring of 2014. His primary research interests lie in moral philosophy, political philosophy, and bioethics. His current work focuses on population ethics, the concept of interpersonal justification, and the ethics of risk imposition. His articles include “Contractualism and Social Risk” in Philosophy & Public Affairs (2015); “Treatment vs Prevention in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS and the Problem of Identified vs Statistical Lives” in Statistical versus Indentified Lives ed. G. Cohen, N. Daniels, and N. Eyal (Oxford University Press, 2015); and “Uncertainty and Justifiability to Each Person” in Inequalities in Health: Concepts, Measures, and Ethics ed. N. Eyal, S. Hurst, O. Norheim, and D. Wikler (Oxford University Press, 2013).
Elizabeth HarmanAssociate Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values
Phone (609) 258-4291
Fax (609) 258-2729
Location 207 Marx Hall
Elizabeth Harman, Associate Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, works in ethics. Her papers include "Creation Ethics: The Moral Status of Early Fetuses and the Ethics of Abortion" (Philosophy and Public Affairs), "The Potentiality Problem" (Philosophical Studies), "Can We Harm and Benefit in Creating?" (Philosophical Perspectives), "Harming as Causing Harm" (in Harming Future Persons), and "'I'll Be Glad I Did It' Reasoning and the Significance of Future Desires" (Philosophical Perspectives).
Erika A. KissAssociate Research Scholar and Lecturer, Director of the University Center for Human Values Film Forum
Phone (609) 258-5332
Fax (609) 258-1285
Location Room 218, 5 Ivy Lane
Erika Kiss is an associate research scholar in the University Center for Human Values and the director of its Film Forum. She regularly teaches in the Program of Freshman Seminars and, each year alternately, in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program in European Cultural Studies. She has studied history and literature in Hungary (B.A., M.A.) and comparative literature at Harvard University (M.A., Ph.D.). She was a member of the Department of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. She is a co-founder of Germany's first English-language liberal arts college, the European College of Liberal Arts (ECLA) in Berlin, and served for a year as its CEO. As ECLA's first dean of academic affairs, she developed a year-long interdisciplinary curriculum in intellectual history and the liberal arts and supervised its implementation. Her research and teaching interests include the connection between the civic and the aesthetic arts of rhetoric, poetics, dramaturgy (literary and cinematic), and the philosophy of education. Currently, she is completing a book that explores the crisis of higher education in the West. She is the founding director of the University Center for Human Values Film Forum, which features weekly film screenings that are open to the community, followed by faculty-led discussions.
Stephen MacedoLaurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values
Phone (609) 258-4763
Fax (609) 258-2729
Location 248 Corwin Hall
Stephen Macedo writes and teaches on political theory, ethics, public policy, and law, especially on topics related to liberalism, democracy and citizenship, diversity and civic education, religion and politics, and the family and sexuality. His current research concerns immigration and social justice, constitutional democracy in the US, and democracy and international institutions. From 2001-2009, he was director of the University Center for Human Values. As founding director of Princeton’s Program in Law and Public Affairs (1999-2001), he chaired the Princeton Project on Universal Jurisdiction, helped formulate the Princeton Principles on Universal Jurisdiction, and edited Universal Jurisdiction: International Courts and the Prosecution of Serious Crimes Under International Law (2004). As vice president of the American Political Science Association, he was first chair of its standing committee on Civic Education and Engagement and principal co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation, and What We Can Do About It (2005). His other books include Diversity and Distrust: Civic Education in a Multicultural Democracy (2000); and Liberal Virtues: Citizenship, Virtue, and Community in Liberal Constitutionalism (1990). He is co-author and co-editor of American Constitutional Interpretation, with W. F. Murphy, J. E. Fleming, and S. A. Barber (2008).
Victoria McGeer (On leave spring 2016)Lecturer and Research Scholar, University Center for Human Values
Phone (609) 258-0167
Fax (609) 258-1285
Location Room 104, 5 Ivy Lane
Victoria McGeer is a research scholar in the University Center for Human Values, with lecturing responsibilities in the Department of Philosophy. In 1993, as an assistant professor in the philosophy department at Vanderbilt University, she won the Royal Society of Canada’s Alice Wilson Award for postdoctoral research. With support from the Canadian government, she took special research leave to explore how developmental questions affect theoretical work in philosophy of mind and moral psychology, and spent two years at the lab of developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik at the University of California, Berkeley. After leaving Vanderbilt in 1998 to pursue an interdisciplinary research program on the development of social cognition and its disorders, she became a senior member of the McDonnell Project in Philosophy and the Neurosciences in 2001. She has published a number of papers in prestigious journals that reflect her wide range of interests, encompassing topics in moral psychology, the development of agential capacities and its impairments (focusing especially on autism), responsibility, the nature of folk-psychological explanation, problems of self-knowledge, and the metaphysics of mind. McGeer received her A.B. in government and philosophy from Dartmouth College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto.
Philip Pettit (On leave spring 2016)Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values, Director of the Program in Political Philosophy
Phone (609) 258-4759
Fax (609) 258-2729
Location 308 Marx Hall
Philip Pettit works in moral and political philosophy and on background issues in philosophical psychology and social ontology. His recent single-authored books include The Common Mind (1996), Republicanism (1997), A Theory of Freedom (2001), Rules, Reasons, and Norms (2002), Made with Words: Hobbes on Mind, Society, and Politics (2008), On the People’s Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy (2012) and Just Freedom: A Moral Compass for a Complex World (2014) and The Robust Demands of the Good: Ethics with Attachment‚Virtue and Respect (2015). He is the coauthor of The Economy of Esteem (2004), with Geoffrey Brennan, Mind, Morality, and Explanation (2004), a selection of papers with Frank Jackson and Michael Smith; A Political Philosophy in Public Life: Civic Republicanism in Zapatero’s Spain (2010), with Jose Marti; and Group Agents: The Possibility, Design and Status of Corporate Actors (2011), with Christian List. Common Minds: Themes from the Philosophy of Philip Pettit appeared in 2007 with Oxford University Press, edited by Michael Smith, Geoffrey Brennan, Robert Goodin, and Frank Jackson. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of both the Humanities and Social Sciences Academies in Australia.
Geoffrey Sayre-McCordVisiting Professor for Distinguised Teaching
Phone (609) 258-9087
Fax (609) 258-1285
Location Room 113, 5 Ivy Lane
Geoffrey Sayre-McCord is the Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has taught since 1985. He is the Director of UNC’s Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program. Sayre-McCord has published extensively on moral theory, epistemology, and modern philosophy. Recently, his research has focused on the nature of normative concepts, on evolution and morality, and on Adam Smith’s theory of moral sentiments.
Kim Lane ScheppeleLaurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values
Phone (609) 258-6949
Fax (609) 258-0922
Location 415 Robertson Hall
Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values; she served as Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University for the last ten years. Scheppele joined the Princeton faculty in 2005 after nearly a decade on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was the John J. O'Brien Professor of Comparative Law. Scheppele's work focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress. After 1989, Scheppele studied the emergence of constitutional law in Hungary and Russia, living in both places for extended periods. After 9/11, Scheppele researched the effects of the international "war on terror" on constitutional protections around the world. Her many publications on both post-1989 constitutional transitions and on post-9/11 constitutional challenges have appeared in law reviews, social science journals and multiple languages. Scheppele is an elected member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and received the Kalven Prize for an influential scholarship in 2014. She is a public commentator on comparative constitutional law, the state of Europe, and the transformation of Hungary from a constitutional-democratic state to one that risks breaching constitutional principles of the European Union.
Peter Singer (On leave spring 2016)Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values
Phone (609) 258-2202
Fax (609) 258-1285
Location Room 203, 5 Ivy Lane
Peter Singer first became well-known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation (1975). His other books include: Democracy and Disobedience (1973); Practical Ethics (1979, 3rd. ed. 2011); The Expanding Circle (1981, new ed 2011); Marx (1980); Hegel (1983); The Reproduction Revolution (1984) (co-authored with Deane Wells); Should the Baby Live?(1986) (co-authored with Helga Kuhse); How Are We to Live? (1995); Rethinking Life and Death (1996); One World (2002); Pushing Time Away (2003); The President of Good and Evil (2004); The Ethics of What We Eat (2006) (co-authored with Jim Mason) and The Life You Can Save (2009); and The Point of View of the Universe (2014) co-authored with Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek. Singer holds his appointment at the Center jointly with his appointment as Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, attached to the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.