UCHV Announces Visitors for 2013-14 Academic Year

April 29, 2013

The University Center for Human Values is pleased to announce the Center’s Visiting Faculty and Fellows for 2013-14. Our visiting colleagues will devote a year’s residence in Princeton to research, writing, and teaching about ethics and human values.

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching

Quentin Skinner
is the Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities at Queen Mary University of London.  He is the author of several books, including The Foundations of Modern Political Thought (two volumes, 1978), Machiavelli (1981), Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes (1996), Liberty before Liberalism (1998), Visions of Politics (three volumes, 2002), and Hobbes and Republican Liberty (2008).  He has published dozens of essays on early-modern European intellectual history, the nature of interpretation and historical explanation, and a range of topics in contemporary political theory, including the concept of political liberty and the character of the state.  His scholarship is available in 24 languages, and his Foundations of Modern Political Thought was named by the Times Literary Supplement as one of the 100 most influential books published since the Second World War.

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellows

John Brunero is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, and works mainly in ethics, especially on questions related to reasons and rationality.  Recent papers include “Reasons as Explanations” (Philosophical Studies, forthcoming), “Cognitivism about Practical Rationality” (Oxford Studies in Metaethics, provisionally forthcoming), and “The Scope of Rational Requirements” (Philosophical Quarterly, 2010).  While at Princeton, he’ll be working on a book on instrumental rationality.

David Ciepley is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Denver.  He is the author of Liberalism in the Shadow of Totalitarianism (Harvard University Press, 2006) and “Beyond Public and Private: Toward a Political Theory of the Corporation” (The American Political Science Review, 2013), and “Neither Persons nor Associations: Against Constitutional Rights for Corporations” (The Journal of Law and Courts, 2013).  He publishes in the fields of democratic theory, liberal theory, and corporate theory, and while at Princeton will be working on a book at the intersection of these fields that challenges the legal reclassification of corporations from “bodies politic” to private concerns.

Paulina Ochoa Espejo is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University. She works at the intersection of democratic theory and the history of political thought, especially on questions about democratic legitimacy, popular sovereignty and populism, immigration and the right to exclude, the territorial borders of the democratic state, and democracy in 19th C Latin America. She is the author of The Time of Popular Sovereignty: Process and the Democratic State (PSUP, 2011), “Paradoxes of Popular Sovereignty: A View from Spanish America,” Journal of Politics (2012), and further peer-reviewed articles in Philosophy and Social Criticism and Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, among other places. During her time at UCHV, she will be completing a book manuscript, A Theory of Borders: People, Territory, and Legitimacy in the Democratic State, and especially a central part of the book, “Taking Place Seriously: Place-Sensitive Duties and the Political Rights of Immigrants.”

Chaim Gans is professor of law at Tel Aviv University, where he teaches legal and political theory. His books are: Philosophical Anarchism and Political Disobedience (Cambridge UP, 1992); The Limits of Nationalism (Cambridge UP, 2003); From Richard Wagner to the Palestinian Right of Return: Philosophical Analysis of Israeli Public Affairs (2006, Hebrew); A Just Zionism: On the Morality of the Jewish State (Oxford UP, 2008). His book Three Zionisms and Post-Zionism: A Political Theory for the Jewish People (Haifa UP, 2013) (Hebrew) won him several prizes. While at Princeton he plans to work on cosmopolitanism and cultural rights.

Peter A. Graham is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He works mainly in theoretical ethics and metaphysics. His publications include “The Standard Argument for Blame Incompatibilism” (Nous, 2008),  “In Defense of Objectivism about Moral Obligation” (Ethics, 2010), “‘Ought’ and Ability” (Philosophical Review, 2011), and “A Sketch of a Theory of Moral Blameworthiness” (forthcoming in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research). While at Princeton he will be writing papers on the various ways facts about what we can do both constrain and influence what we are morally obliged to do.

Waheed Hussain is assistant Professor in the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He works in moral and political philosophy, particularly on the relation between markets and broader individual and social ideals.  His publications include “Is Ethical Consumerism an Impermissible Form of Vigilantism?” (Philosophy and Public Affairs, 2012), “Corporations, Profit Maximization and the Personal Sphere” (Economics and Philosophy, 2012), and “The Unromantic Rousseauian: Scanlon on Justice, Freedom and Value Coherence” (Journal of Moral Philosophy, 2013).  While at Princeton, he plans to finish a book, Embracing the Invisible Hand: Market Governance and Human Freedom.

Susan James is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College London.  Her research focuses on some of the intersections between early modern philosophy, feminist philosophy and contemporary political philosophy, and while she is at the Centre for Human Values she will be working on a collection of essays about Spinoza’s politics, Spinoza on Learning to Live Together.  Among her books are Passion and Action: The Emotions in Early Modern Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 1997); Margaret Cavendish: Political Writings (Cambridge University Press, 2003); and Spinoza on Philosophy, Religion and Politics: The Theologico-Political Treatise (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Angela Smith is associate professor of philosophy at Washington and Lee University, where she has recently been named the first Roger Mudd Professor of Ethics and the first Director of the Roger Mudd Center for Ethics.  Her research interests concern the connections between morality, moral agency, and moral responsibility.  She has published articles in Ethics, Philosophical Studies, The Journal of Ethics, and elsewhere on issues of moral responsibility, blame, tolerance, and related topics.  While at Princeton, she will be writing a book on the importance of attitudes in moral life, tentatively entitled Attitude Matters: Responsibility, Respect, and Reconciliation.

Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics

Jason L. Schwartz studies ethical, historical, and policy issues in medicine and public health. He has written widely on vaccines and vaccination programs, decision-making in public health policy, and scientific expert advice to government. His general research interest is in the ways in which evidence is interpreted, evaluated, and translated into regulation and policy in medicine and public health. Schwartz holds a Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science and a master’s degree in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an A.B. in classics from Princeton. He is a former staff member for the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Values and Public Policy Postdoctoral Research Associates (jointly appointed with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs)

Simon Cotton specializes in the ethics of economic life and international relations. His current research focuses on how voluntary and mutually beneficial relations, as in a market, might ground special obligations of an egalitarian kind. His long term project is to develop an account of distributive justice that integrates the intuition that global inequality has become a greater concern as globalization has increased. Cotton holds a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University, an M.A. in international relations from the Australian National University, and a B.A. in history and economics from the University of Oxford. He will be affiliated with the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance in the Wilson School.

Francis Dennig is an economist working on climate and welfare economics. His research program reevaluates standard tenets of welfare economics in light of the particular demands of climate policy. In particular, he examines the effect of uncertainty on optimal emission abatement policy and the effect of policy on the intergenerational distribution of welfare. Francis holds an M.Phil and D.Phil in economics from the University of Oxford, and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from ETH, Zürich. The University Center for Human Values has appointed him jointly with the Woodrow Wilson School, where he will be affiliated with the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) program.