UCHV Visitors for 2010-11 Academic Year

April 20, 2010


The University Center for Human Values is pleased to announce the Center’s Visiting Faculty and Fellows for 2010-11. 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

John Seery is the George Irving Thompson Memorial Professor of Government and Professor of Politics at Pomona College, where he teaches political theory.  He is the author of several books on the topics of irony, death, and liberal arts education, respectively.  Forthcoming books are: Too Young to Run? A Proposal for an Age Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Penn State University Press); and an edited volume, A Political Companion to Walt Whitman (University Press of Kentucky). Professor Seery was named the 2009 recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Sidney Hook Memorial Award and has twice been the recipient of Pomona College’s Wig Distinguished Teaching Award.  At Princeton he will be working on two book projects, one on the idea of America and another on the confluence of liberal arts and civic education, as well as teaching an undergraduate seminar, "The Idea of America."


Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow

Corey Brettschneider is Associate Professor of Political Science at Brown University, where he teaches courses in political theory and public law. He is also Associate Professor, by courtesy, of Philosophy and Public Policy. Brettschneider is the author of Democratic Rights: The Substance of Self-Government (Princeton University Press, 2007). His most recent articles include "The Politics of the Personal: A Liberal Approach," in the American Political Science Review (2007), "A Transformative Theory of Religious Freedom," in Political Theory (2010), and "When the State Speaks, What Should it Say? Freedom of Expression and the Reasons for Rights," forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics. In addition, Aspen Press will publish Brettschneider's three-volume casebook on constitutional law in 2011. While at Princeton he will be completing a book, Democratic Persuasion: Promoting Public Values in Private Life, which proposes a new understanding of the public/private distinction.

Thomas Christiano is Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of Arizona and co-director of the Rogers Program in Law and Society at the University of Arizona. He is an editor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Sage Publishers), as well as the author of The Constitution of Equality: Democratic Authority and Its Limits (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008) and The Rule of the Many (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996).  Christiano has published many papers, mainly in moral and political philosophy, with emphases on democratic theory, distributive justice, and global justice.  He is now engaged in projects on the foundations of equality as a principle of distributive justice and on the bases of international justice, the legitimacy of international institutions, and human rights. His project in Princeton will be on what democratic principles have to say about the legitimacy of international institutions.


Gerry Mackie is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, and is a political theorist who works on contemporary democratic theory, and on social norms and collective action. His book Democracy Defended (2003), which was awarded the Gladys Kammerer prize by the American Political Science Association, challenges skeptical interpretations by social choice theory of the value of democratic voting. Recent work in democratic theory includes challenges to the ideas that it is irrational to vote, that voting is merely expressive, and that citizens are rationally ignorant. Mackie has advised the West African NGO Tostan on organized mass abandonments of female genital cutting since 1999 and has worked with UNICEF on its global abandonment since 2004. During his time at Princeton he will work on a book summarizing this theory and practice, as well as on the justice of harmful social practices and the justice of interventions to remedy them. 


Adrienne M. Martin is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and works in moral theory, moral psychology, and medical ethics. Published articles in these areas include “How to Argue for the Value of Humanity” in the Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (2005) and “Hope and Exploitation” in the Hastings Center Report. Forthcoming publications include “Owning Up and Lowering Down: the Power of Apology,” in the Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming summer 2010) and “Hopes and Dreams” in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (forthcoming fall 2010). While at Princeton she will be writing a book, Wanting to Pull Clouds: the Moral Psychology of Hope.

Tim Mulgan is Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy at the University of St Andrews and the director of the St Andrews/Stirling Graduate Programme in Philosophy. He is the author of The Demands of Consequentialism (Oxford University Press, 2001), Future People (Oxford University Press, 2006) and Understanding Utilitarianism (Acumen, 2007). While at Princeton he will work on a book entitled Ethics for a Broken World, which explores the impact that climate change might have on fundamental issues in moral and political philosophy.

Colleen Murphy is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on the moral dimensions of those disruptions to political communities that arise from civil conflict, repression, war, and natural disasters.  She is the author of A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and has published articles on topics pertaining to political philosophy, philosophy of law, and the philosophy of risk in journals including Law and Philosophy, Risk Analysis, and Science and Engineering Ethics.  While at Princeton she will be working on a book, Confronting Wrongdoing: the Conceptual Foundations of Transitional Justice, which will develop a theory of transitional justice that both explains why transitional justice is a distinctive kind of justice and articulates its basic demands. 

Jonathan Quong is a lecturer in political philosophy at the University of Manchester. His research interests include political liberalism, public reason, democratic theory, distributive justice, and the morality of self-defense. He has a forthcoming book, Liberalism Without Perfection (Oxford University Press), which offers objections to liberal perfectionism and defends a version of political liberalism. While at Princeton he will be working on the morality of defensive harm.


Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics

Kristi Olson is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Philosophy at Harvard University. Her research interests lie in the intersection of philosophy and public policy. While at Princeton she will explore arguments for and against the right to a basic income and their applicability to the right to publicly-funded health care. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., she worked as an attorney for the National Health Law Program. She holds a J.D. from Duke Law School and an A.M. in Health Policy from Harvard University. She will teach a course in the spring term on a topic in bio ethics.