The University Center for Human Values Visitors for 2018-2019

Friday, Mar 30, 2018

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching, 2018-19

Adam Potkay is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Humanities at the College of William and Mary.  He has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, Washington University, and the University of Aberdeen.  His writings explore literature's connections to ethics, theology, and rhetoric.  His most recent books are "The Story of Joy from the Bible to Late Romanticism" (Cambridge, 2007), awarded the Harry Levin Prize by the American Comparative Literature Association, and "Wordsworth's Ethics" (Johns Hopkins, 2012).  While at Princeton he will be working on "Hope: A Literary History."

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching, Spring 2019

Ben Berger is an associate professor of political science and executive director of Swarthmore College's Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility.  He has revitalized the Center by developing an Engaged Scholarship model, connecting the curriculum with the campus and community. For his Engaged Scholarship pedagogy and research, he was selected by the civic education consortium Project Pericles as one of 26 Periclean Faculty Leaders nationwide. Berger studies the intersection between normative political theory and empirical political science. At Princeton he will be teaching a version of his “Inside Out” prison exchange pedagogy course, uniting incarcerated students and Princeton students in a single, equal and mutual learning environment.

2018-19 Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellows

Macalester Bell is an associate professor of philosophy at Bryn Mawr College.  Her primary research and teaching interests are in ethics and moral psychology, and much of her work focuses on the role of emotions in responding to wrongdoing and injustice. Her published papers take up fundamental questions concerning anger, blame, forgiveness, reparation, personal relationships, love and inspiration.  She is the author of "Hard Feelings: The Moral Psychology of Contempt" (Oxford University Press, 2013).  While at Princeton, she will work on a book exploring the ethical dimensions of photography.

Lara Buchak is an associate professor of philosophy at UC Berkeley. Her primary research interests are in decision, game, and rational choice theory. Her book Risk and Rationality (Oxford 2013) concerns how an individual ought to take risk into account when making decisions. At Princeton, she will be working on applications of this work to central questions in ethics, including the question of how resources in a society should be distributed; the question of when one is allowed to take a risk that affects other people; and the question of how risk may have played a role in the evolution of moral norms.

Amanda Greene is a lecturer at University College London. Her research focuses on political philosophy, ethics, and ancient philosophy. She received her Ph.D. at Stanford University, M.Phil. at Oxford University, and B.A. at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has held research fellowships at the University of Chicago Law School, Columbia University, and the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (Geneva). Before entering academia, she worked as a strategy consultant in the private and non-profit sectors in the United States, India, and Australia. Her current research project is a book manuscript that defends a new framework for legitimacy, entitled “Real Legitimacy: When Power is Legitimate and Why.”   

Matthew Landauer is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His research and teaching interests are in classical political thought, especially Athenian democracy; rhetoric and political counsel; the relationship between science and politics; and democratic theory and institutions. His research has been published in journals such as "Political Theory," "History of Political Thought," and "Polis." While at Princeton, he will be working on a new project on agenda setting in democratic theory.

Tom Parr is a lecturer in political theory in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. He is interested in a wide range of topics in legal, moral, and political philosophy. His work has been published with journals such as "Legal Theory" and "Political Studies," and it addresses questions about disadvantage, fairness, and discrimination. While at Princeton, he will be working on a book project on social justice and the future of work.

Talia Schaffer is a professor of English at Queens College CUNY and the Graduate Center CUNY. At Princeton, she will be working on “Critical Care,” a book that adapts ethics of care for literary theory. Victorian fiction features “care communities,” egalitarian, performative, fluid social structures. How might the care community help us rethink both literary structures and academic practices? Her previous work has focused on Victorian feminism, social relations, disability studies, and material culture, including "Romance’s Rival: Familiar Marriage in Victorian Fiction" (2016); "Novel Craft: Victorian Domestic Handicraft and Nineteenth-Century Fiction" (2011); and "The Forgotten Female Aesthetes; Literary Culture in Late-Victorian England" (2001).

Nelson Tebbe is Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. He works on constitutional law and legal theory, specializing in freedom of religion and freedom of speech. At Princeton, he will be developing an egalitarian conception of religious freedom, arguing both that religion ought not to enjoy special solicitude in constitutional law and that a just state ought to both provide some exemptions from general laws and vigorously enforce a non establishment principle.

Stephen White is an assistant professor of philosophy at Northwestern University. His research interests lie primarily at the intersection of normative ethics, practical reason, and action theory. At Princeton, he will be working on a project exploring parallels between the ethics of individual participation in collective actions and practices, and the principles that govern one’s relation to one’s own conduct over time.