UCHV announces 2015-16 LSR Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching, LSR Visiting Fellows, Harold T. Shapiro Postdoc in Bioethics and Values and Public Policy Postdocs

April 28, 2015

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching

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.


Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellows

Luc Bovens is the Head of the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method and Coordinator of the MSc Programme Philosophy and Public Policy at the London School of Economics. Previously he taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He completed an MA in social sciences and a Ph.D. in Philosophy in the University of Minnesota. His most recent publications in moral and political philosophy are on applied topics such as Nudge, child euthanasia, asylum policy, and affirmative action and on theoretical topics such as the tragedy of the commons, the measurement of regret, and risk and uncertainty. He is developing a web site for teaching ethics in high school through short stories in world literature.

Ruth Chang is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Her scholarly expertise concerns philosophical questions relating to the nature of value, decision-making, the exercise of agency, and choice. She was a visiting professor at the University of California Los Angeles, and at the University of Chicago Law School. She has a Ph.D. from Balliol College, Oxford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. During her fellowship year, she plans to work on two books on decision-making and practical normativity.

Alexander S. Kirshner is an Assistant Professor in Duke’s Department of Political Science. His first book investigated the paradoxical ethical dilemmas raised by antidemocratic opposition to democratic government (2014). That work is the subject of a forthcoming, multi-author symposium in the journal: Perspectives on Politics. His current research explores the practice of legitimate opposition and the ethics of resistance to undemocratic regimes.

Thomas A. Lewis is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University as well as a faculty affiliate in Brown’s Political Theory Project. He works at the intersections of ethics, philosophy of religion, and methodology in the study of religion. His publications include Freedom and Tradition in Hegel: Reconsidering Anthropology, Ethics, and Religion; Religion, Modernity, and Politics in Hegel; Why Philosophy Matters for the Study of Religion – and Vice Versa (forthcoming); and articles on religion and politics, liberation theology, communitarianism, and comparative ethics. At Princeton he will be writing a book on the transformation and hidden perdurance of notions of ethical formation in the modern West.

Claudio Lopez-Guerra is associate professor of political studies at CIDE in Mexico City. He works in normative democratic theory, with a focus on institutional design and the moral evaluation of political institutions. His recent publications include Democracy and Disenfranchisement: The Morality of Electoral Exclusions as well as articles in The Journal of Political Philosophy; Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; and Social Theory and Practice. While at Princeton, he will work on a book project on the ethics of political representation provisionally titled Equal Subjects: Why and How Rulers Should Cast in Their Lot with the Ruled.

Elinor Mason is a senior lecturer at Edinburgh University. Her main area of research is moral philosophy, particularly the intersection between normative ethics and moral responsibility. She also has research interests in meta ethics and in feminism. Recent publications include ‘Blameworthiness and Moral Ignorance’ and Objectivism and Prospectivism about Rightness. While at Princeton she will be working on a book about the relationship between moral theory and blameworthiness.

Jennifer M. Morton is an assistant professor at the City College of New York, CUNY. She works primarily in philosophy of action, philosophy of education, and political philosophy. Her publications include “Cultural Code-Switching: Straddling the Achievement Gap” (Journal of Political Philosophy), “Molding Conscientious, Hard-Working, and Perseverant Students” (Social Philosophy and Policy), and “Toward an Ecological Theory of the Norms of Practical Deliberation” (European Journal of Philosophy). While at Princeton, she will be exploring the moral and political implications of evidence-based educational policies that promote character education as a means to educational achievement.

Melinda Roberts is a professor of philosophy at the College of New Jersey. She works mainly in population and procreative ethics and on topics relating to the structure of moral law. She also has interests in discrepancies between ethics and the law that resist pragmatic explanation. Prior work includes “Population Axiology” (forthcoming), “The Asymmetry: A Solution” (2011), Abortion and the Moral Significance of Merely Possible Persons (Springer 2010) and “The Nonidentity Fallacy” (2007). While at Princeton, she will be working on a book, Modal Ethics and Moral Value, intended to explore how facts about one person in one seemingly irrelevant outcome can bear on and indeed alter the moral characteristics of other outcomes.

Nicholas Vrousalis is assistant professor in political philosophy at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Vrousalis received his BA, MA, MPhil in economics at the University of Cambridge and received his doctorate in political philosophy from Oxford in 2009. Before coming to Leiden, Vrousalis worked at the Chaire Hoover of the Université catholique de Louvain, and the Institute of Philosophy of KU Leuven. Between 2012 and 2013 he was University Lecturer in philosophy at the University of Cambridge.
Vrousalis' main research areas are distributive ethics, Marxism, and the philosophy of social science. His work has appeared in Journal of Ethics, Politics Philosophy and Economics, and Philosophy and Public Affairs. Vrousalis' most recent monograph, a systematic reconstruction and critique of the political philosophy of G. A. Cohen, is due to be published in the summer of 2015. During his time at Princeton, he will complete a monograph tentatively entitled How Exploiters Dominate.


Harold T. Shapiro Post-doctoral Research Associate in Bioethics

Monique Wonderly comes to Princeton from the University of California-Riverside. She is primarily interested in puzzles at the intersection of ethics and the nature of emotions. She has published in the areas of applied ethics, philosophy of emotion, and history of philosophy. Her current research focuses on emotional attachment – and in particular, on questions concerning moral agency and ethical treatment that arise when considering certain attachment-related pathologies, including psychopathy and (some forms of) addiction. Wonderly holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from University of California at Riverside, an M.A. in philosophy from Western Michigan University, and a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from the University of Michigan.


Postdoctoral Research Associates in Values and Public Policy, joint with WWS

Chloé Bakalar is a political and legal theorist with an empirical background in American politics. Her research focuses on questions of democratic theory, the history of modern political thought and public law. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Small Talk? The Impact of Social Speech on Liberal Democratic Citizenship, that considers and maps the positive and negative effects of everyday talk on liberal democratic citizenship and political outcomes. Bakalar holds an A.M. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in politics from New York University. Chloé is affiliated with the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics in the Woodrow Wilson School.

Stephen Wertheim is a historian of the United States and international ideas and institutions since the nineteenth century. His first book, under contract with Harvard University Press, shows how American officials and intellectuals decided early in World War II that the United States should become the supreme world power, despite previously regarding armed supremacy as imperialistic. Then it reveals how they legitimated U.S. supremacy, namely by co-opting the concept of internationalism and creating the United Nations. Stephen has published scholarly articles in Diplomatic History, Journal of Global History, and Journal of Genocide Research, in addition to writing for The Nation and other journalistic venues. He undertook his doctoral studies at Columbia University and received an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University. Stephen is affiliated with the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance in the Woodrow Wilson School.