K. Anthony AppiahLaurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values
Phone (609) 258-4302
Fax (609) 258-1502
Location Room 219, Marx Hall
Kwame Anthony Appiah has published widely in philosophy and in African and African American literary and cultural studies. In 1992, Oxford University Press published In My Father’s House, which deals, in part, with the role of African and African American intellectuals in shaping contemporary African cultural life. His major current work has to do with the relationships between philosophical ethics and other disciplines. In 1996, he published Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race with Amy Gutmann; in 1997, the Dictionary of Global Culture, coedited with Henry Louis Gates Jr. Along with Gates, he has also edited the Encarta Africana cd-rom encyclopedia, published by Microsoft, which developed into Oxford University Press’s five-volume Africana encyclopedia in book form. In 2003, he coauthored Bu Me Bé: Proverbs of the Akan (of which his mother is the major author), an annotated edition of 7,500 proverbs in Twi, the language of Asante. He is also the author of three novels, of which the first, Avenging Angel, was largely set at Clare College, Cambridge, where he received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. His recent books include Thinking It Through: An Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy (2004), The Ethics of Identity (2005), Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (2006), Experiments in Ethics (2008), and The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happens (2010).
Charles R. Beitz (on leave 2012-2013)Director 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
Charles Beitz’s philosophical and teaching interests focus on international political theory, democratic theory, contemporary theories of justice and the theory of human rights. His most recent book is The Idea of Human Rights (2009). He has also written Political Theory and International Relations (rev. ed. 1999) and Political Equality: An Essay in Democratic Theory (1989) as well as articles on a variety of topics in political philosophy. His co-edited volumes include International Ethics, Law, Economics, and Philosophy and, most recently, Global Basic Rights. In 2009 he completed a ten-year term as editor of Philosophy and Public Affairs. Before coming to Princeton in 2001, he taught at Swarthmore College and Bowdoin College, where he was also Dean for Academic Affairs. He has received fellowship awards from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and MacArthur Foundations, the American Council of Learned Societies and the American Council on Education and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Beitz earned a bachelor's degree from Colgate University and a Ph.D. in Princeton's Program in Political Philosophy.
Peter BrooksLaurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholar
Phone (609) 258-0198
Fax (609) 258-1285
Location Room 103, 5 Ivy Lane
Peter Brooks is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholar at Princeton. 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, London Review of Books, Critical Inquiry, New Literary History, Yale Law Journal and elsewhere.
Christopher EisgruberProvost, 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 3 Nassau Hall
Christopher Eisgruber became provost of Princeton University in July 2004. 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 coming to Princeton, Eisgruber taught for 10 years on the faculty of the New York University School of Law.
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 Laurance S. Rockefeller 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 as of 2012 is the coordinating editor of Social Choice and Welfare. He is the author of Fairness, Responsibility, and Welfare (2008), a co-author of 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 and responsibility-sensitive egalitarianism and on seeking solutions to famous impossibilities of social choice theory.
Elizabeth HarmanAssociate Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Preceptor
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).
Nannerl O. KeohaneLaurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values
Phone (609) 258-8974
Fax (609) 258-0390
Location 429 Robertson Hall
Nannerl Keohane, the former president of Duke University and Wellesley College, is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and a Fellow of Harvard College. Keohane specializes in political philosophy and is the author of Philosophy and the State in France: The Renaissance to the Enlightenment and coeditor of Feminist Theory: A Critique of Ideology. Her most recent book is Higher Ground: Ethics and Leadership in the Modern University. She has published essays in several leading scholarly journals and is working on a book on leadership. She has previously taught at Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Swarthmore College, as well as Wellesley and Duke.
Erika A. KissAssociate Research Scholar, 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 McGeerResearch 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.
Alan PattenActing Director of the University Center for Human Values, Professor of Politics
Phone (609) 258-6831
Fax (609) 258-1110
Location 246 Corwin Hall
Alan Patten, professor of politics, is the author of Hegel’s Idea of Freedom (1999), which won the APSA First Book Prize in Political Theory and the C. B. Macpherson Prize awarded by the Canadian Political Science Association. He is the coeditor, with Will Kymlicka, of Language Rights and Political Theory (2003). His articles include “Political Theory and Language Policy,” (Political Theory, 2001); “Democratic Secession from a Multinational State,” (Ethics, 2002); “Liberal Neutrality and Language Polic,” (Philosophy & Public Affairs, 2003); and “Humanist Roots of Linguistic Nationalism,” (History of Political Thought, 2006). He is currently completing a book titled Equal Recognition: The Moral Foundations of Minority Cultural Rights. He has a longer-term project underway on nationalism and the history of political thought. Patten is also the editor of Philosophy and Public Affairs.
Philip PettitLaurance 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); and Made with Words: Hobbes on Mind, Society, and Politics (2008) and On the People’s Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy (2012). 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 as well as a number of other international academies.
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 director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs and faculty associate in Politics. Before joining the Princeton faculty in 2005, she was the John J. O'Brien Professor of Comparative Law and Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she remains a faculty fellow in the law school. Her primary field is comparative constitutional law, and she has spent much time under three different grants from the National Science Foundation studying post-communist European countries undergoing constitutional transformation. She has published extensively on this topic in law reviews and social science journals. Her forthcoming book, The International State of Emergency, examines constitutional changes around the world in the wake of 9/11. Scheppele has held elective offices in the Law and Society Association as well as in the Sociology of Law and Theory sections of the American Sociological Association.
Peter SingerIra 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). 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.