Announcing our incoming Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellows for 2024-25

March 25, 2024

UCHV is pleased to welcome eight Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellows to campus for the 2024-25 academic year.

Gwen Bradford is an associate professor of philosophy at Rice University, and as of July 2024, she will be associate professor and the Chancellor Jackman Professor in Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Her work is largely in value theory, and has been published in journals such as Noûs, The Journal of Philosophy, and Philosophical Quarterly. Her first book, “Achievement” (Oxford University Press, 2015), examines the nature and value of achievement, and was awarded the Book Prize of the American Philosophical Association. While at the University Center for Human Values, she will be working on a book project entitled “Uniqueness,” which explores the questions of what it is for something to be unique and why, if at all, it matters. This project explores a range of issues, including irreplaceability, the value of artworks and cultural artifacts, the separateness of persons, and the value of humanity. 

Anne Gray Fischer is an assistant professor of U.S. gender and sexuality history at the University of Texas at Dallas. She works at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and race; law enforcement and the state; and feminist activisms in the twentieth-century United States. Her book, “The Streets Belong to Us: Sex, Race, and Police Power from Segregation to Gentrification” (University of North Carolina Press, 2022), documents how urban police departments consolidated and expanded their power through the enforcement of prostitution-related laws between Prohibition and the rise of broken windows policing in the 1980s. At UCHV, she will work on her second book, “Going Ballistic: A Concealed History of Feminism and Guns,” a history of armed feminists since the 1970s. 

Roger Maioli is an associate professor of English at the University of Florida. He specializes in the literary and intellectual history of eighteenth-century Britain and France, with a focus on Enlightenment studies, the relationship between philosophy and imaginative literature, and the history of ethics. His current book project, “The Enlightenment Crisis of Values,” is a transnational history of relativism. Eighteenth-century debates over relativism, the book argues, shed light on two disparate features of the Enlightenment’s legacy: the movement’s defense of universal human rights and its fraught involvement in the rise of modern racism and sexism.

Annette Martín is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Illinois Chicago. Her research focuses on oppression from an intersectional and critical theoretical perspective. She is interested in what oppression is, how we explain oppression, and how oppressive social structures shape our evidence, attention, and identities. In recent work (“Intersectionality without Fragmentation” in Ethics), she has argued that we can conceptualize oppression without needing a metaphysical account of groups like women. At UCHV, she will be working on a series of papers that expand on this work, arguing that we should reject the standard, group-based view of oppression in favor of an intersectional, positional view, while also developing an inclusive conception of gender identity that is influenced, but not determined by, oppressive gender structures.

Carolina Sartorio is a professor of philosophy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She works in the philosophy of action, ethics, and metaphysics. In her recent books “Causation and Free Will” (Oxford University Press, 2016) and “Causalism: Unifying Action and Free Action” (Oxford University Press, 2023), she defends a naturalistic picture of human agency, free will, and moral responsibility. While at Princeton, she will be working on a project concerning the role of philosophical analysis in an investigation of the concept of criminal responsibility. In particular, she will be thinking about the role played by the causal contributions of human agents and the relation between moral and metaphysical principles.

Michael Sierra-Arévalo is an assistant professor of sociology and associate director of the Liberal Arts Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin. His work on police, firearms, and violence reduction has appeared in journals that include the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Criminology, Law & Society Review, and the Annual Review of Law and Social Science. His first book, “The Danger Imperative: Violence, Death, and the Soul of Policing” (Columbia University Press, 2024), shows how policing’s preoccupation with danger shapes police culture and violence in the United States. At UCHV, Michael will be working on his second book, tentatively titled, “It Came Wrapped in the Flag: The Militarization of Public Life and the Future of American Fascism.” It explores how post-9/11 militarism has changed our social institutions and popular culture to create fertile ground for the normalization of political violence.

Robert L. Tsai is a professor of law and Law Alumni Scholar at Boston University. He is the author of four books: “Eloquence and Reason: Creating a First Amendment Culture” (Yale University Press, 2008), “America’s Forgotten Constitutions: Defiant Visions of Power and Community” (Harvard University Press, 2014), “Practical Equality: Forging Justice in a Divided Nation” (Norton, 2019), and “Demand the Impossible: One Man’s Pursuit of Equal Justice for All” (Norton, 2024). Tsai’s work spans the history of constitutional ideas, democratic theory, civic republicanism, and literary studies of judgment. At UCHV, he will work on “Reasoning from Injustice,” a book project that brings together pragmatism and popular constitutionalism to develop a humanistic form of politics capable of diagnosing injustice as a social practice and overcoming the forces of indifference.

Daniel Wodak is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, and also affiliated with the Carey Law School. Daniel has broad research interests in metaethics, philosophy of law, philosophy of race and gender, and social and political philosophy, but currently works primarily on democracy and discrimination. At the Center, Daniel will continue to develop a project on why and how electoral systems should satisfy more demanding accounts of political equality and majority rule. Daniel’s most recent articles have appeared in Philosophers’ Imprint, Analysis, The Journal of Politics, Philosophy & Public Affairs, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.