Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellows 2021-22
Elizabeth Cohen, Syracuse University (Spring 2022)
Elizabeth F. Cohen is Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University and Associate Editor of the American Journal of Political Science. She is the author of four books: Illegal: How America’s Lawless Immigration Regime Threatens Us All (Basic Books 2020); The Political Value of Time: Citizenship, Duration, and Democratic Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2018, winner of the APSA Best Book Award for Migration and Citizenship); Semi-Citizenship in Democratic Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2009); and Citizenship (with Cyril Ghosh) (Polity Press, 2019). In addition to her scholarly writing, Elizabeth has also published op-eds in venues such as the Atlantic, the Washington Post and Politico. Elizabeth’s research interests focus on immigration, contemporary political theory, justice, citizenship, and rights. At Princeton she will work on a book about the political significance of line-waiting and first-come-first-served as a distributive principle. She is also researching the rise of short-term immigration and the casualization of citizenship in the contemporary United States.
Luara Ferracioli, The University of Sydney
Dr. Luara Ferracioli is Senior Lecturer in Political Philosophy at the University of Sydney. She was awarded her PhD from the Australian National University, and was a Global Leaders Fellow at Oxford and Princeton in 2011-2013. Prior to her appointment at the University of Sydney, she was an assistant professor in Political Theory at the University of Amsterdam. Her main areas of research are the ethics of immigration and family justice, and her most recent work has been published in the Journal of Applied Ethics, Philosophical Studies, Journal of Legal Studies and Philosophical Quarterly. Her book Liberal Self-Determination in a World of Migration will be published with OUP in December 2021. In Princeton, she will be working on a book project entitled "Parenting and the Goods of Childhood”.
Melissa Ganz, Marquette University
Melissa J. Ganz is an Associate Professor of English at Marquette University. She works on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture, with a particular focus on the relationship between literature, law, and ethics. She also has broad interests in gender studies, transatlantic studies, and the history of the novel. Her research is driven by a desire to understand how debates about law and justice have shaped literary texts in the past and how literature can help us think through questions of law and justice that remain of concern to this day. Melissa’s first book, Public Vows: Fictions of Marriage in the English Enlightenment (University of Virginia Press, 2019), offers a new account of the marriage plot, arguing for the centrality of nuptial law to early fiction and of novels to nuptial regulation. She has also written on legal and ethical questions in novels by Jane Austen, George Eliot, Henry James, and Robert Louis Stevenson, and on courtroom storytelling in nineteenth-century America. Her current projects include a study of eighteenth-century British literature and penal reform, a study of nineteenth-century fiction and criminal responsibility, and a series of essays on Romantic women writers’ engagements with moral philosophy. She is looking forward to joining the UCHV community.
Alexandre Lefebvre, The University of Sydney
Alexandre Lefebvre is Professor of Politics and Philosophy in the Department of Government and International Relations, and the Department of Philosophy, at the University of Sydney. His research interests are in political theory, the history of political thought, and French philosophy. For the past several years he has been working on the idea that leading legal and political doctrines of our time can serve as the foundation for rich and rewarding ways of life. In Human Rights as a Way of Life: on Bergson’s Political Philosophy (Stanford UP 2013) and Human Rights and the Care of the Self (Duke UP 2018), he argued that human rights can enable ethical practices of self-transformation to help people to become more joyful, resilient, present, and loving. At Princeton, he will be working on a new book project, Liberalism as a Way of Life (for Princeton UP), which extends this idea to liberal values as the basis for a fulfilling way of life.
Errol Lord, University of Pennsylvania
Errol Lord is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. He works in ethical theory, epistemology, aesthetics, philosophy of perception, and the philosophy of action. He is the author of The Importance of Being Rational (OUP, 2018), co-editor of Weighing Reasons (OUP, 2016), as well as the author of many articles in journals and edited collections. At Princeton, he will be working on a project centered on the prospects of a new field of inquiry into ethics that is analogous to art criticism. This involves theoretical work motivating such a field and writing essays to be compiled into a book that contribute to the field.