Professor and Canada Research Chair in Ethics and Global Social Change
My research lies at the intersection of normative ethics and social/political philosophy. I aim to bring social and political theory to bear on real-world problems, such as inequality, poverty, gender and racial injustice, and issues of cultural-religious accommodation. My current book project, 'Global Justice From Below,' defends a relational and structural view of poverty. I argue that philosophical thinking about chronic deprivation and its remedies should engage with poor communities' understandings of poverty, as well as with the aims and strategies of poor-led social movements and their organisations.
Note to prospective graduate students: I welcome new M.A. and Ph.D students in social and political philosophy as well as in normative and applied ethics. Students with strong first degrees in Political Science or other social sciences are often a good fit for me, both because of my 'applied philosophy' focus and my interdisciplinary background. I am especially keen to work with graduate students whose philosophical interests intersect with contemporary problems of justice, broadly construed - such as poverty/inequality, environmental degradation, racial oppression, and challenges of religious/cultural acommodation. I also supervise in feminist philosophy and gender theory. If you are a prospective M.A. or Ph.D. student and your research relates to issues of global or social justice, you will automatically be considered for top-up funding.
Post-doctoral scholars working on topics related to global justice can also be hosted under the auspices of the Canada Research Chair that I hold. Recent post-doctoral fellows: Dr. Jennifer Szende (PhD, Queen's) and Dr. Cristian Dimitriu (PhD, U Toronto).
Current/recent Ph.D. students: Joshua Mousie: "Nonhuman Publics and Human Politics: Reimagining the Political Sphere" (defended Dec. 2015); Christi Storfa: "Beyond Capabilities: the Ethics of Flourishing as a Global Citizen"; Veronica Majewski: "Towards a Listening-Focused Account of Deliberative Democracy"; Marie-Pier Lemay: project on a feminist theory of global responsibility; and Cameron Fioret: project on the the commodification of water and its implications for social justice.
I am an editor of the journal Studies in Social Justice and on the advisory board of Rowman & Littlefield's book series, 'Studies in Social and Global Justice'. In 2012, I started up Initiatives in Global Justice, a research consortium of U of Guelph researchers which features talks and other programming on ethical and political issues related to globalization. I am also a member of our Department's Political Philosophy Research Group and Feminist Philosophy Reading Group.
I have co-organized and hosted the following international workshops:
“Personal Autonomy and Cultural Tradition,” in Sexual Justice/Cultural Justice: Critical Perspectives in Political Theory and Practice, ed. B. Arneil, M. Deveaux, R. Dhamoon, A. Eisenberg (Routledge, 2007).
“A Deliberative Approach to Conflicts of Culture,” Political Theory, vol. 31, no. 6 (2003): 780-807. Republished in Minorities Within Minorities: Equality, Rights and Diversity, Eds. A. Eisenberg and J. Spinner-Halev (Cambridge University Press, 2005).
“Political Morality and Culture: What Difference Do Differences Make?", vol. 28, no. 3 (2002): 503-518. Republished in Contemporary Literary Criticism, vol. 203 (May 2005).PDF
“Conflicting Equalities? Cultural Group Rights and Sex Equality,” Political Studies, vol. 48, no. 3 (2000): 522-539. PDF
“Cultural Pluralism from Liberal Perfectionist Premises,” Polity, vol. 32, no. 4 (2000): 473-497. pdf
“Feminism and Empowerment: A Critical Reading of Foucault,” in Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology: An Interdisciplinary Reader, Eds. Shere Hesse-Biber et al. (Oxford University Press, 1999).
“Agonism and Pluralism,” Philosophy and Social Criticism, vol. 25, no. 4 (1999): 1-22. pdf
“Toleration and Respect,” Public Affairs Quarterly, vol. 12, no. 4 (1998): 407-427. pdf
“Feminism and Empowerment: A Critical Reading of Foucault,” in Rereading the Canon: Feminist Interpretations of Foucault, ed. Susan Hekman (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996).
“New Directions in Feminist Ethics,” European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 3, no. 1 (1995): 86-96. pdf
“Shifting Paradigms: Theorizing Care and Justice in Political Theory,” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, vol. 10, no. 2 (1995): 115-119. pdf
February 2016 "Reframing Chronic Poverty and its Alleviation through the Insights and Strategies of Poor-led Movements." Talk, Dept. of Ethics, Social & Political Philosophy, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
October 2016 "Reframing Chronic Poverty and its Alleviation through the Insights and Strategies of Poor-led Movements." Ethics & Public Affairs Program, and Dept. of Philosophy, Carleton Unviersity.
May 2016. "Global Justice From Below? The Value of Poor-led Social Movements to Poverty Alleviation." Keynote talk, University of Salzburg Workshop on Philosophy and Poverty.
May 2016 "Global Justice From Below? The Value of Poor-led Social Movements to Poverty Alleviation." Free University, Berlin (Kolloquium Zur Praktischen Philosophie).
April 2016 "Global Justice From Below? The Value of Poor-led Social Movements to Poverty Alleviation." Society for Women in Philosophy workshop (SWIP-SHOP), CUNY Graduate Center.
Sept. 2015 “How Should the Political Movements of the Poor Figure in Theorizing About Global Justice?” Symposium on ‘Global Justice: New Directions in Research and Advocacy,” Ghent, Belgium.
May 2015 “Is the Cross-Border Trade in Human Eggs Wrongfully Exploitative?” Gender and Global Justice Conference, Centre for Global Ethics, University of Birmingham (UK).
July 2014 "Egg ‘Donation’: An Assessment of Key Feminist Ethical Objections.” British Society for Applied Philosophy, Oxford, UK.
July 2014 “Global Injustice and the Market in Human Eggs.” 15th International Association of Women Philosophers Symposium, Alcalá de Henares, Spain.
June 2014 "Sexual Equality and Personal Autonomy: Possibilities of Pluralistic Interpretations.” Conference on '(Not) Outside My Culture: Paradoxes of Personal Autonomy in a Plural Society,' Max Plank Institute, Halle, Germany.
Feb. 2014 “The Cross-Border Trade in Human Eggs: an Ethical Conundrum from the Perspective of Global Justice.” Workshop on Global Surrogacy and Reproductive Markets, University of Ottawa.
Jan. 2014 “Sufficiency, Priority, and the Harms of Inequality.” Invited talk, Philosophy Department colloquium series, McMaster University.
March 2013 “The Global Poor as Agents of Justice.” Invited talk, Laurentian University (Seminar on Thought and Culture).
Nov. 2012 “Agents or Subjects of Global Justice?”. Invited talk, McMaster University (Society for Philosophy and Culture & the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition).
March and April 2011 “When is Sufficiency Not Enough? Revisiting Sufficiency and Priority Views in Light of Inequality’s Harms.” Talk presented at the University of Toronto (Centre for Ethics); University of Waterloo (Philosophy Department), and the University of Ottawa (Graduate School of Public and International Affairs).