Curriculum Vitae

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Philosophy of Action

Feminist Philosophy

Social and Political Philosophy



Philosophy of Law

Practical/Applied Philosophy


Books, Monographs:

Inalienable Rights:  A Defense, Columbia University Press, 1985, pp. 1­‑215; Spanish trans­lation, Alian­za Editori­al, Madrid, 1988; Chapter 5 re­print­ed in The Phil­osophy of Human Rights, ed. Morton E. Winston, Wadsworth, 1989.

Self, Society, and Personal Choice, Columbia University Press, 1989, pp. 1-287; Part IV, Chap­ter 2 reprinted in Dignity, Charac­ter, and Self-Respect, ed. Robin S. Dillon, Rout­ledge, 1994; Part II, Chapters 2-3, revised and translated into German reprinted in Autonomie der Person, ed. Monika Betzler, Munich: Mentis, 2013.

Subjection and Subjectivity:  Psychoanalytic Feminism, and Moral Philoso­phy, In the Thinking Gender Series, Routledg­e, 1994, pp. 1-199.

Gender in the Mirror: Cultural Imagery and Women’s Agency, Oxford University Press, 2002; Oxford Scholar­ship 0n-Line, 2003; excerpt of Chap­ter 7 in the APA News­letter on Feminism and Philosophy, Fall 2002; a Choi­ce Outstanding Academic Title for 2004.

Being Yourself: Essays on Identity, Action, and Social Life (A Selection of New and Previously Published Essays with an Introduc­tion by the Author), Rowman and Littlefield, March 2004.

Victims’ Stories and the Advancement of Human Rights, Oxford University Press, 2016. 

Books, Edited Volumes:

Economic Justice:  Private Rights and Public Responsibil­ities, edited with Kenneth Kipnis, Rowman and Allan­held, 1985.

Women and Moral Theory, edited with Eva Kittay, Rowman and Littlefield, 1987.

Political Realism and International Morality:  Ethics in the Nuclear Age, edited with Kenneth Kipnis, Westview Press, 1987.

Philosophical Dimensions of the Constitution, edited with Kenneth Kipnis, Westview Press, 1988.

Kindred Matters:  Rethinking the Philosophy of the Family, edited with Kenneth Kip­nis and Corne­lius Murphy, Cornell University Press, 1993.

Feminists Rethink the Self, West­view, 1997.

Feminist Social Thought: A Reader, Routledge, 1997.

Poverty, Agency, and Human Rights, Oxford University Press,  2014. 

Journal Issues and Symposia, Edited and Introduced:

Current Work in Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, 1st FEAST (Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Thought) Special Issue, Hypatia Vol. 25(1) January 2010.

Responsibility and Identity in Global Justice, 2nd FEAST (Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Thought) Special Issue, Hypatia Vol. 26(4) October 2011.

Feminist Critiques of Evolutionary Psychology, FEAST Cluster of 3 Papers, Hypatia Vol 27(1) Winter 2012.



“Human Rights in Pre‑Affluent Societies,” The Philosophical Quarterly, 31(1981), pp. 139‑144.

“The Inevitability of the State,” Analysis, 41 (1981), pp. 46‑49.

“The Rationale for Inalienable Rights in Moral Systems,” Social Theory and Practice, 7 (1981), pp. 127‑143.

“Rights‑based Rights,” Law and Philosophy, 3 (1984), pp. 407‑418.

“A Sketch of a Rights Taxonomy,” in Economic Justice: Private Rights and Public Responsibilities, edited by Kenneth Kipnis and Diana T. Meyers (1985), pp. 87‑94.

“The Politics of Self‑respect:  A Feminist Perspective,” Hypatia, 1 (1986): 83‑100.

“Work and Self‑respect,” in Moral Rights in the Workplace, edited by Gertrude Ezor­sky, State Univer­sity of New York Press, 1986, pp. 18‑27; reprinted in Ethical  Theory and Business, edited by Norman Bowie and Tom  L. Beau­­champ, Prentice­‑Hall, 1988, in Making a Living, edited by Janet Marting, Har­per Collins, 1993, in Findings, edited by Lewis A.  Meyers, D.C. Heath, 1995.

“Kant’s Liberal Alliance: A Permanent Peace?” in Political Realism and International Morality:  Ethics in the Nuclear Age, edited by Kenneth Kipnis and Diana T. Meyers, Westview Press, 1987, pp. 212-219.

“The Socialized Individual and Individual Autonomy: An Intersection between Philosophy and Psychology,” in Women and Moral Theory, edited by Eva Kittay and Diana T. Meyers, 1987, pp. 139‑153.

“Personal Autonomy and the Paradox of Feminine Socializa­tion,” The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 84 (1987), pp. 619-628, reprinted in Ethics in the 90s, ed. Joram Graf Haber, Bartlett, 1997.

“Democratic Theory and the Democratic Agent,” NOMOS XXXII, ed. John W. Chapman and Alan Wert­heim­er. New York: NYU Press, 1990, pp. 126-150.

“Personal Autonomy or the Deconstructed Subject?” Hypatia, Vol.7 (1992), pp. 124-132.

“The Subversion of Women’s Agency in Psychoanalytic Feminism: Chodor­ow, Flax, Kristev­a.” in Revaluing French Feminism, edited by Sandra Bartky and Nancy Fraser, Indiana University Press, 1992, pp. 136-161.

“Social Exclusion, Moral Reflection, and Rights,” Law and Philosophy, Vol. 12

(1993), pp. 115-130; reprinted in Radical Critiques of the Law, edited by Stephen Griffin and Robert Moffat, U.  Kansas Press, 1997.

“Moral Reflection:  Beyond Impartial Reason,” Hypatia, Vol. 8 (1993), pp. 21-47.

“Cultural Diversity:  Rights, Goals, and Competing Values,” in Jewish Identity, edited by Michael Krausz and David Goldberg, Temple University Press, 1993, pp. 15-34; reprinted in Rights and Reason: Essays in Honor of Carl Wellman, edited by Marilyn Friedman, Larry May, Kate Parsons, and Jennifer Stiff, Kluwer, 2000.

“Rights in Collision:  A Non-Punitive, Compensatory Remedy for Abusive Speech,” Law and Philosophy, 14 (2),­1995: 203-243; reprinted in Liberty, Equality, Plurality, edited by Larry May and Christine Sistare, University Press of Kansas, 1997; nominated for the Berger Prize for the best published paper in legal theory,  1996.

“Emotion and Heterodox Moral Perception: An Essay in Moral Social Psychology,” in Feminists Rethink the Self, edited by Diana T. Meyers, West­view Press, 1997.

“Moral Subjectivity” in the Blackwell Dictionary of Business Ethics, edited by R. Edward Freeman and Patricia Wer­hane, 1997.

“The Family Romance: A Fin-de-Siecle Tragedy,” in Feminism and Families, edited by Hilde Nelson, Routledge, 1997; reprinted in Feminist Social Thought: A Reader edited by Diana T. Meyers, Routledge, 1997.

“Agency,” in A Companion to Feminist Philosophy, edited by Alison Jag­gar and Iris Young, Black­well, 1998.

“Tropes of Social Relations and the Problem of Tropisms in Figurative Discourse,” in Norms and Values: Essays in Honor of Virginia Held, edited by Mark Halfon and Joram Haber, Rowman and Littlefield, 1998.

“Authenticity for Real People,” in Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Psychology (2001):195-202.

Miroir, Memoire, Mirage: Appearance, Aging, and Women,” in Mother Time: Ethical Issues in Women and Aging edited by Margaret Urban Walker, Rowman and Littlefield, 1999.

“Feminist Perspectives on the Self,” in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy,  (Fall 1999 Edition), ed. Edward N. Zalta, URL: 1999.

“Intersectional Identity and the Authentic Self?  Opposites Attract,” in Relational

Autonomy, edited by Catriona Mackenzie and Natalie Stoljar, Oxford University Press, 2000.

“The Rush to Motherhood — Pronatalist Discourse and Women’s Autonomy,” Signs 26 (2001): 735-773; received Honorable Mention as a 2003 Outstanding Article, American Sociological Association, Sex and Gender Section.

“Marginalized Identities — Individuality, Groups, and Theory” in Marginal Groups and Mainstream American Culture, ed. Yolanda Estes, Arnold Lorenzo Farr, Patricia Smith, and Clelia Smyth, Kansas University Press, 2000.

“Feminism and Women’s Autonomy: The Challenge of Female Genital Cutting,” Metaphilosophy 31 (2000): 469-491; also in The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Liberalism, ed. Mark Evans, Edinburgh University Press, 2001.

“Nancy J. Chodorow.” in Key Contemporary Social Theorists, Ed. Anthony Elliott and Larry Ray. Oxford: Blackwell, 2002.

“Social Groups and Individual Identities,” in Feminists Doing Ethics, ed. Peggy DesAutels and Joanne Waugh, Rowman and Littlefield, 2001.

“Gendered Work and Autonomy,” in Recognition, Responsibility, and Rights: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory. Ed. Hilde Nelson and Robin Fiore. Rowman and Littlefield, 2003.

“Frontiers of Individuality: Embodiment and Relationships in Cultural Context,” History and Theory 42 (May 2003): 267-281.

“Narrative and Moral Life,” in Setting the Moral Compass: Essays by Women Philosophers. Ed. Cheshire Calhoun. Oxford University Press, 2004; short version published in Center for Research on Women Working Papers, Rutgers University, 2003 and translated into Croatian in Zarez, June 2003.

“Feminine Mortality Imagery: Feminist Ripostes,” in Being Yourself: Essays on Identity, Action, and Social Life, Rowman and Littlefield, March 2004.

“The Three Freds and the Fate of Their Happiness,” Journal of Social Philosophy 35 (Spring 2004): 8-10.

“Decentralizing Autonomy — Five Faces of Selfhood,” in Autonomy and the Challenges to Liberalism. Ed. Joel Anderson and John Christman. Cambridge University Press, 2005.

“Introduction: Women Philosophers, Sidelined Challenges, and Professional Philosophy.” Hypatia 30 (3) 2005: 149-152.

“Who’s There? Selfhood, Self-regard, and Social Relations.” Hypatia (special issue on Feminist Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition, Ed. Samantha Brennan and Anita Superson), 20 (4) 2005: 200-215.

“GEM Anscombe.” Encyclopedia of Women in World History, Ed. Bonnie Smith, Oxford University Press, 2008.

“Narrative Structures, Narratives of Abuse, and Human Rights.” In Feminist Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy: Theorizing the Non- Ideal. Ed. Lisa Tessman, Kluwer, 2009.

“Artifice and Authenticity:  Gender Technology and Agency in Two Jenny Saville Portraits.”  In “You’ve Changed”: Sex Reassignment and Personal Identity.  Ed. Laurie Shrage. Oxford University Press. 2009.

“Philosophical Feminism,” Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009.

“Two Victim Paradigms and the Problem of ‘Impure’ Victims.” Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, Vol. 2, No. 2, Fall 2011: 255-275.

“Jenny Saville Remakes the Female Nude – Feminist Reflections on the State of the Art.” in Beauty Unlimited, Ed. Peg Brand, Indiana University Press, 2013.

“Psychocorporeal Selfhood, Practical Intelligence, and Adaptive Autonomy,” in Autonomy and the Self, ed. Michael Kühler and Nadja Jelinek, in the “Philosophical Studies” series, ed. Stephen Hetheringten, Springer 2013.

“Feminism and Sex Trafficking: Rethinking Some Aspects of Autonomy and Paternalism,”  Ethical Theory and Moral Practice for a special issue “Private Autonomy, Public Paternalism?” Ed. Annette Dufner and Michael Kühler, 2014.

“Corporeal Selfhood, Self-Interpretation, and Narrative Selfhood.” Philosophical Explorations.  12/5/2013: DOI: 10.1080/13869795.2013.856933.

“Victims, Agency, and Human Rights.” e-IR. 2013: (open access).

“The Feminist Debate over Values in Autonomy Theory.” In  Autonomy, Oppression, and Gender. Ed. Mark Piper and Andrea Veltman.  Oxford University Press,  2014.

“Rethinking Coercion for a World of Poverty and Exploitation.” In Poverty, Agency and Human Rights. Ed. Diana Tietjens Meyers. Oxford University Press,  2014.

“Recovering the Human in Human Rights.” Law, Culture, and Humanities, March 2014.

“Psychokorporeitat, autonomer Wille und Lebendorganspende.”  In Randzonen des Willens.  Ed. Thorsten Moos, Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, and Christina Schues. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang (2016): pp.113-131; now in open access:

“Victims of Trafficking, Reproductive Rights, and Asylum.” In Oxford Handbook of Reproductive Ethics. Ed. Leslie P. Francis. Oxford University Press, published online January 2016 (DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199981878.013.5).

“Contesting Female Genital Cutting in Africa: Successful Strategies and Future Hopes.” The Critique. Sept. 2016,

“Surviving Evils and the Problem of Agency:  An Essay Inspired by the Work of Claudia Card,”  Metaphilosophy. Nov. 2016; reprint forthcoming in Criticism and Compassion: The Ethics and Politics of Claudia Card, edited by Robin S. Dillon and Armen T. Marsoobian, Wiley.

“No Safe Passage: ‘The Mapping Journey Project,'” Journal of Global Ethics. Special issue on the refugee crisis.  December 2016.

“Commentary on Entangled Empathy by Lori Gruen,” Hypatia. DOI: .

“Poverty, Responsibility Practices, and Social Welfare,” Spazio Filosofico Special Issue on Poverty, 2017, open access here:

“A Modest Feminist Sentimentalism: Empathy and Moral Understanding Across Social Difference.”  In Ethical Sentimentalism: New Perspectives. Ed. Remy Debes and Karsten Stueber. Cambridge UK; Cambridge University Press (2017).

“Sex Trafficking, Reproductive Rights, and Sovereign Borders: A Transnational Struggle Over Women’s Bodies.” In New Feminist Perspectives on Embodiment. Ed. Clara Cecelia Fischer. Palgrave MacMillan (2018).

“Symposium on Victims’ Stories and the Advancement of Human Rights.”  Commentaries by Vittorio Bufacchi, Serene Khader, Andrea Westlund, response by DTM. Metaphilosophy (2018).

“Reflexive Communication and the Whole Self.” Metaphilosophy. DOI: 10.1111/meta.12451, October 2020.

“Reflections on Non-Imperialist Feminist Values.” A contribution to a symposium on Serene Khader’s Decolonizing Universalism. Metaphilosophy, forthcoming January 2021

“Human Rights and the Vulnerability of Rights-bearers.” special issue on Vulnerability. Ed. Martin Huth, Philosophy Today, 65:1, winter 2021.

“Feminist Philosophy of Human Rights.” In The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Philosophy, Ed. Ásta K. Sveinsdottir and Kim Q. Hall. New York Oxford University Press, 2021.

“Passivity in Theories of the Agentic Self: Reflections on the Views of Soran Reader and Sarah Buss.” In Feminist Philosophy of Mind. Ed. Keya Maitra and Jennifer McWeeny. Oxford University Press, 2022.

Book Reviews:

Review of Tyranny and Legitimacy by James S. Fishkin, The Philosophical Review, 90 (1981), pp. 321-324.

Review of Moral Principles and Political Obligations by A. John Simmons, The Philosophical Review, 90 (1981), pp. 472-475.

Review of Political Concepts:  A Reconstruction by Felix E. Oppenheim, The Philosophical Review, 92 (1983), pp. 249-252.

Review of Liberty, Market and State by James M. Buchanan, Economics and Philosophy, 3 (1987), pp. 351-361.

Review of Luce Irigaray:  Philosophy in the Feminine by Margaret Whitford and Julia Kristeva by John Lechte,  Gender & Society, 6 (1992), pp. 319-321.

Review of War and Morality by Robert Holmes, The Philosophi­cal Review, 101 (1992), pp. 481-484.

Review of Beyond Separateness by Richard Schmitt, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 58 (1998), pp. 989-992.

Review of Care, Gender, and Justice by Diemut Bubeck, Utilitas 10 (1998) pp. 246-249.

Review of The Unnatural Lottery by Claudia Card, Moral Passages by Kathryn

Addelson, and Moral Voices, Moral Selves: Carol Gilligan and Feminist Moral Theory by Susan J. Hekman, Signs, 24 (1998), pp. 273-277.

Review of Reading with Feeling by Susan Feagin, The Review of Metaphysics, (1998), pp. 989-992.

Review of Breaking the Abortion Deadlock by Eileen L. McDonagh, Ethics, 110 (2000), pp, 624-627.

Review of The Power of Feelings by Nancy J.  Chodorow, American Journal of Sociology (2000): 850-852.

Review of The Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy, ed. Miranda Fricker, and Jennifer Hornsby, Ethics, 112 (2001): 145-148.

Review of Personal Autonomy in Society by Marina Oshana, Hypatia, April-June 2008.

Review of The Politics of Persons: Individual Autonomy and Socio-historical Selves by John Christman, Hypatia 27 (1) (2012), pp. 227-230.

Review of Adaptive Preferences and Women’s Empowerment by Serene Khader, Ethics, January 2013.

Review of Existential Eroticism by Shay Welch, Hypatia Reviews Online, January 2016.

Review of A Human Right to Culture and Identity by Janne Mende, Hypatia Reviews Online, 2019.



Visiting Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1978‑79

Assistant Professor, Cornell University, Government Depart­ment, 1979‑85

Assistant Professor, Montclair State College, 1985‑87

Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1987‑90

Professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1990-2008

Blanche, Edith, and Irving Laurie New Jersey Chair, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Rutgers University, Spring 2003.

Ignacio Ellacuría SJ Chair in Social Ethics and Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University, Chicago, 2008-2013.

Professor Emerita of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, Storrs, 2008-continuing.


University of Chicago, A.B., 1969, Philosophical Psycho­logy

City University of New York Graduate Center, M.A., 1976, Philosophy

City University of New York Graduate Center, Ph.D., 1978, Philosophy


University Fellowship, 1976‑77.

Graduate Fellow (Research), 1977‑78.

Humanities Faculty Research Grant, Summer 1980.

General Education Development Grant, Summer 1981.

Exxon Educational Foundation Grant, 1984‑85.

Rockefeller Residency Fellowship, The Center for Philosophy and Public Policy, 1985‑86, declined.

ACLS/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Fall 1986.

UConn Special Achievement Awards, 1990, 1994.

UConn Major Research Grants, 1991, 1993.

UConn Provost’s Fellowship, Spring 1993.

Rockefeller Foundation Study Center at Bellagio Italy, Residency, Summer 1993.

Visiting Scholar (funded), Philosophy Department, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, Summer 1996.

Honorable Mention, 2003 Outstanding Article Award, American Sociological Association, Sex and Gender Section: “The Rush to Motherhood – Pronatalist Discourse and Women’s Autonomy,” Signs 26 (2001): 735-773.

UConn Human Rights Institute Research Fellowship, Fall 2006.

UConn Provost’s Research Excellence Award, 2006-2007.

Distinguished Woman Philosopher, Society for Women in Philosophy, 2012.

Listed in Who’s Who in America (2000-present), Who’s Who in the World (2010- present) Who’s Who in the East (1986-present), International Who’s Who of Women (1986-present), Who’s Who of American Women (1998-present).


“Inalienable Rights and Consistency in Moral Systems,” S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook and Cornell University, 1979.

Commentary on “The Dilemma of Tolerance” by Joshua Halber­stam, Long Island Philosophical Society, 1979.

“Is There a Right of Cultural Perpetuation?” Tenth Inter­American Congress of Philosophy, Florida State Univer­sity, 1981 (Abstract published in Human Rights, issued by the Depart­ment of Philosoph­y, Florida State Univer­sity).

Commentary on “Property Rights and Social Welfare” by Lawrence Becker, Ninth Plenary Session of the American Section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, University of Florida, 1983.

Commentaries on “Foundations of Liberal Theory” by James S. Fishkin and “Some Conceptions of Equality in Recent Political Thought” by J. Donald Moon, The American Political Science Association Annual Meetings, Chicago, 1983.

“The State and Rights,” The University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Kansas at Lawrence, 1983, Dartmouth College and S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook, 1984, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Loyola University, Chicago, The University of Connecticut, and the New Jersey Philosophical Associa­tion, 1985.

Commentary on the Centerpiece Paper “Liberalism, Imperial­ism, and World Politics” by Michael Doyle, Tenth Plenary Session of the American Section of the Interna­tional Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Notre Dame Univer­sity, 1984.

“A Note on the Problem of Justifying and Differentiating Rights,” American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, New York, 1984 (Abstract published in the Journal of Philosophy, November 1984).

“Women, Autonomy, and Justice,” Rice University, 1985.

Commentary on “Equality in Representation” by Charles R. Beitz, Center for the Study of Values, University of Delaware, 1985.

“Feminist Theory and Personal Autonomy,” Rutgers University at Newark, 1986, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1987.

“The Lockean State of Nature and the Justification of the State,” Invited Symposium Commentary, American Philo­sophical Association, Central Division, St. Louis, 1986.

“The Socialized Individual and Individual Autonomy: An Intersection between Philosophy and Psychology,” Keynote Address, The Colorado Philosophical Associa­tion, Colorado Springs, 1986.

Commentary on “Four Fallacies Concerning Majorities, Minorities, and Democratic Praxis” by Ian Shapiro, American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy, American Political Science Association Meetings, Chicago, 1987.

“Personal Autonomy in the Real World,” Sixth Annual Dean Kolitch Memorial Lecture, CUNY Graduate Center, 1987.

“Personal Autonomy and the Paradox of Feminine Socializa­tion,” Invited Symposium Paper, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, New York, 1987; early version, Lehigh University, 1986.

Commentary on “Towards a Social Conception of Autonomy” by Mary Gibson, Socialist Scholars Conference, New York, 1988.

“Gender, Connection, and Agency in Psychoanalytic Feminism,” Society for Women in Philosophy, Eastern Division, SUNY at Stony Brook, Spring 1989.

“Moral Autonomy and Self-respect,” Lehigh University, 1989.

“Psychoanalytic Feminism and Moral Perception,” Society for Women in Philosophy, Eastern Division, U Mass, Am­herst, Fall 1989.

“Women and Moral Autonomy,” Molloy College, Spring 1990.

“The Multiplex Self: Beyond Uni-dimensional Models of Moral Agency,” Keynote

Address, Conference on The Fragmented Self and Moral Agency at the University of Dayton, Fall 1990; also at Wesleyan University, the University of Washington, York University.

Commentary on “Autonomy, Reason, and Intersubjectivity” by Ken­neth Baynes, APA Central Division, Louisville, 1992.

“Law and Social Exclusion,” Amintaphil, Allentown PA, 1992.

“Beyond Impartial Reason:  Difference, Empathy, and Rights,” St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, 1992.

Commentary on “Feminist Transformations:  Morality, Culture, Society” by Virginia Held, Society for Women in Philosophy, APA Eastern Division, Washington DC, 1992.

“Feminist Ethics,” guest on “Ethics in the 90’s” (New Jersey Television Network), 1993; a video collection of these programs has been published by Bartlett and Jones.

“Empathy and Difference — A Critique of Impartial Reason,” NYU, 1993; Plenary Session, New Jersey Philosophical Association, 1993; Keynote Ad­dress, Canadian Society for Women and Philosophy, 1993.

“Culturally Normative Prejudice,” Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy, 1993.

Commentary on “Men in Groups: Collective Responsibility for Rape” by Larry May and Robert Strikwerda, Conference on Feminist Ethics and Social Policy, University of Pittsburgh, 1993.

“Rights in Collision:  Injustice, Empathy, and Respect,” the University of North Carolina at Greens­boro Symposium on Rights, Spring 1994, SUNY Albany’s conference to inaugurate its graduate program in philosophy, and the CUNY Graduate School, Spring 1994.

“Hate Speech and Free Speech:  Empathy without Censorship,” Aminta­phil, College of Charle­ston, Fall 1994; Hampshire College, Law Program, April 1996 .

Commentary on “Liberalism, Consent, and the Problem of Adaptive Preferences” by John D. Walker, APA Eastern Division, Boston, Winter 1994.

“Moral Agency,” New York Society for Women in Philosophy, Ethics Group, Spring 1995.

“Emotion and Heterodox Moral Perception:  An Essay in Moral Social Psychology,” Columbia Univ­ersity Faculty Seminar on Political T­h­ought, Washington Univer­sity, and Society for Philosophy and Public Affairs (New York G­roup), Spring 1995, Macquarie University, Sydney, June 1996.

“The Relational Self in Feminist Philosophy,” Conference on Relational Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychology: Feminist Dialogues,” University of Massachussetts, Boston, March 1996.

“Intersectional Identity: Discourses of Group Membership and the Problem of

Emancipatory Agency,” Keynote Address, Conference on Feminism, Agency, and Autonomy, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, June 1996; AMINTAPHIL, University of Kentucky, Oct.  1996.

“The Family Romance: A Fin-de-Siecle Tragedy,” Conference on Narrative and Metaphor across the Disciplines, University of Auckland, Aukland, New Zealand, July 1996.

“A Non-punitive Remedy for Abusive Speech,” Center for Philosophic Exchange, SUNY College at Brockport, November 1996.

“Reconceiving Rights: Narrative and Empathy in the Justification of Rights,” Philosophy Department, SUNY College at Brockport, November 1996.

“The Duty of the Intellectual in an Election Year,” Presidential Address, AMINTAPHIL, University of Kentucky, Oct. 1996.

Miroir, Memoire, Mirage: Appearance, Aging, and Women,” Conference on Ethical Issues in Women’s Aging with Dignity, Ethics Center, University of South Florida, February 1998.

“Intersectional Identity and the Authentic Self?  Opposites Attract,” University of

Illinois, Chicago, May 1998; the Society for Analytic Feminism at the Central Division APA, May 1998; the Society for Women in Philosophy at the Pacific Division APA, 1999.

“The Rush to Motherhood — Figurative Discourse, Autonomy, and Feminism,” 8th Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers, Boston, August 1998.

“Authenticity for Real People,” World Congress of Philosophy, Boston, August 1998.

“Decentralizing Autonomy — Five Faces of Selfhood,” Conference on Autonomy, Washington University, 1999; Irving Thalberg Memorial Lecture, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1999; Dalhousie University, 1999.

“Culture, Autonomy and Female Genital Cutting,” Invited Paper, World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, New York City, 1999; APA Central Division, Chicago, 2000; Gendering Ethics/The Ethics of Gender Conference, University of Leeds; International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, Imperial College, London, 2000.

“Social Groups and Individual Identities — Individuality, Agency, and Theory,” Feminist Ethics Revisited, Clearwater Beach, Florida, 1999.

“Gender Identity and Women’s Agency– Culture, Norms, and Internalized Oppression Revisited,” Gender Studies Program Cambridge University, 2000; Southern Connecticut State University, 2001.

“Gender Imagery, Sexism, and the Fragility of Feminist Gains,” APA Pacific Division, San Francisco, 2001; FEAST (Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Thought), Florida, 2001.

“The Personal, the Political, and Psychocorporeal Identity,” Invited Paper, Conference Honoring Sandra Bartky, UIC, Spring 2002; APA Pacific Division Meetings, SWIP session, March 2003; IAPH conference, June 2004.

“Gendered Work and Autonomy,” UConn Law School, Spring 2002.

“Narrative and the Moral Subject,” IAPH, Barcelona, Oct. 2002; FEAST, Clearwater Springs, FL, Oct. 2003.

“Bumpy Lives, Smooth Stories,” Lecture to Douglass College Honors Students, March, 2003.

“Body Image/Body Misery: What About Emancipatory Embodiment?,” Laurie Lecture, Rutgers University, April 2003.

”Narrative and Moral Life,” Seminar on Feminist Critical Analysis, Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 2003; FEAST, Oct. 2003.

“Who Acts? Reflections on Identity, Selfhood, and Autonomous Agents,” Penn State University Philosophy Department colloquium, Feb. 2004; Plenary Session, Conference on Feminist Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition, London, Ottawa, Canada, June 2004; York University Philosophy Department colloquium, Sept. 2004.

“Psychocorporeal Practical Intelligence and Adaptive Agency” at Expertisecentrum Ethiek in de Zorg (Bioethics Research Group), Groningen University Medical School, June  16, 2005; conference on The Politics of Bodies and Spaces, Radboud University, Nijmeg­en, June 17-18, 2005; Canadian SWIP, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2005.

“Two Models of Autonomy: The Identity Construction Model Versus the Action Production Model,” Society for Analytic Feminism in conjunction with Central Division APA Meetings, April 2006.

“Embodied Practical Intelligence.” Keynote Address, New Jersey Philosophical Association, November 2006.

“Affect, Corporeity, and Practical Intelligence” Dartmouth College, October 2006; Invited Paper, Eastern Division APA Meetings, December 2006; North American Society for Social Philosophy, APA Central Division Meetings, April 2008.

Commentary on “Posing (in) Portraits: Do Actions Speak Louder than Pictures?” by Peg Zeglin Brand, Aesthetics Society, in conjunction with the Central Division APA, Chicago, April 2007.

“Victims’ Narratives and Human Rights Norms: Overcoming Empathic Difficulties.” 5th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. American University, Paris, July 2007; Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, UC Berkeley Law School, March 2008; FEAST,” Clearwater Beach, FL, Sept. 24-27, 2009.

“Fractured Self-narratives and Human Rights Norms,” Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory,” Clearwater Springs FL, Sept. 2007.

“Protesting War after 9/11/2001: Two Artists Confront the ‘War on Terror,’” Inaugural Lecture, Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of Social Ethics, Loyola University, Chicago, March 2009; Conference on “Arts, Violence and Imagination,” sponsored by the Centre of Excellence on Political Thought and Conceptual Change: Politics and the Arts Group, at the Finnish Institute, London, UK, October 23–25, 2009.

“Engendering/Degendering Philosophy of Self and Action,” Plenary Session, Taking Stock: Transformative Scholarship, Transforming Practices, sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Women’s Studies Association and Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ, March 2009.

“Two Victim Paradigms and the Problem of ‘Impure’ Victims,” UConn, working conference on “Gender of Humanitarian Narrative,” May 14-16, 2009; Konstanz University, Philosophy Dept. Faculty Seminar on “Two Victim Paradigms and the Problem of ‘Impure’ Victims,” July 24, 2009.

“Jenny Saville Remakes the Female Nude – Representing Agentic Womanhood,” 09-10 Distinguished Lecture Series GenderedAgency, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University, March 4, 2010.

“Critical Commentary on The Politics of Persons: Individual Autonomy and Socio-historical Selves.” Philosophy Department, Penn State University, October 2010.

“Corporeal Selfhood, Self-Interpretation, and Narrative Selfhood,” Conference on Diachronic Agency, University of Bern, October 2010.

“The Role of Empathy in Human Rights Interpretation and Commitment,” Notre Dame Philosophy Department, November 2010.

“Embodied Empathy and Human Rights Epistemology.” Plenary Lecture.  Conference on Wounded Bodies, Wounded Minds: Intersections of Memory and Identity. Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi. April 7-9, 2011.

Embodied Empathy and Human Rights Epistemology.” 6th Annual International Conference on Philosophy, Athens, Greece on 30 May – 2 June 2011.

“A Conception of Empathy for Border Crossers,” FEAST Conference, Zion Resort, September 2011.

“Writing for Publication,” panelist at FEAST conference session sponsored by the Graduate Student Steering Committee Representatives.

“Rethinking Coercion for a World of Poverty and Sexual Exploitation.” Keynote for the Brennan Graduate Student Conference, Loyola U., Sept. 10, 2011; revised for the Poverty, Coercion, and Human Rights Conference, Loyola U, April 13-15, 2012; invited presentation at the Vanderbilt University Political Philosophy Workshop, Oct. 19, 2012.

“The Role of Empathy in Human Rights Interpretation and Commitment.” invited Philosophy Department Colloquium, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

“Disparate Responsibility Practices and Autonomy Competency.”  Invited Plenary, Between Moral Failure & Psychopathology: Autonomy and Responsibility in Social Welfare Policy conference. University of Essex, Colchester campus. May 18-19, 2012.

“Building Transnational Collectivities for Women’s Rights as Human Rights: A Plea for Practical Philosophy” Conference on Collectivity Beyond Identity, Humboldt University, Berlin, June 28-30, 2012.

“The Debate over Values in Feminist Autonomy Theory.” Invited lecture. Conference on Relational Autonomy.  McGill University. Sept. 28-30, 2012.

“Two Victim Paradigms and the Problem of Humanity.” Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities.  Birkbeck College, London, March 2013.

“The Feminist Debate over Values in Autonomy Theory.” invited Philosophy Department Colloquia at MSU, Sept. 2013 and University of Iowa, Oct. 2013.

“Psychocorporeity and Decision-making at the Margins of Self-determination.”  Invited lecture Randzonen des Willens Entscheidung und Einwilligung in Grenzsituationen der Medizin: Anthropologie, Psychologie, Recht und Ethik; Symposion in Hannover (Herrenhausen), 2-5. April 2014.

“Victims of Trafficking, Reproductive Rights, and Asylum.” IAPh.  Alcalá de Henares, Spain. 24-27 June 2014; Center for Global Ethics and Politics, CUNY Graduate Center, Sept. 18, 2014; SWIP-Ireland, Dublin, Nov. 22, 2014; FEAST, Sand Key, FL, Oct. 2015.

Workshop on Trafficking in Persons, invited participant, 10/18/2014, Kenan Institute, Duke University.

“A Modest Feminist Sentimentalism: Empathy and Moral Understanding Across Social Difference.”  Sentimentalism Conference, Holy Cross, November 14, 2014.

“Varieties of Victims/Varieties of Agency.” Pacific APA, Society for Analytic Feminism session, Vancouver BC, April 2015.

Identifying? Or Apprehending? Potential Victims of Trafficking: Reflections on the Ethical Context of Border Policy.  Surveillance Workshop.  University of Birmingham.  June 19, 2015. Jurys Inn, Birmingham.

“Political Dissent in the 21st Century: Annette Messager’s Installation Art.” SWIP-Ireland, July 15, 2015, Cork University.

“Surviving Evils and the Problem of Agency.” Invited Paper, Society for Analytic Feminism. Session Honoring Claudia Card, Central APA, Chicago, April 2016.

“Passivity in Theories of the Agentic Self: Reflections on the Views of Soran Reader and Sarah Buss.” Invited Symposium Paper, Vulnerability, Autonomy, and Oppression, Central APA, April 2016; University of Copenhagen, September 2016; Wesleyan University, October 2016.

Author Meets Critics session on Lori Gruen’s Entangled Empathy. Invited Paper.  Pacific APA , San Francisco, April 2016.

Author Meets Critics sessions on Victims’ Stories and the Advancement of Human Rights, Confronting Violent Pasts and Historical (In)Justice, Amsterdam, Dec. 2016; Pacific APA, Seattle, April 2017.

“Conceptions of Victimhood: Why the Scope of the Category Matters,” Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice, Columbia University, December 2017.

“Human Rights and the Vulnerability of Rights-bearers.” Dimensions of Vulnerability Conference, University of Vienna, April 2018; Philosophy Department, Binghamton University, March 2019.

“The Complexity of Victimhood and the Right to Reparations.” Conference on Ensuring and Balancing the Rights of Defendants and Victims at International and Hybrid Criminal Courts. University of Oslo Law School. Oslo, August 2018.

“Trauma and Autonomous Agency.” Redeeming Autonomy Conference. ACU, Rome. May 2019

Other Presentations/Appearances:

Masterclass on PhD Research Problems, Expertisecentrum Ethiek in de Zorg, Groningen University Medical School, June 15, 2005, 10:00-16:00; I responded to questions from PhD students working on problems about identity and autonomy in medical settings.

Appeared in Philosophy for Life, an educational film about philosophical ways to address 9/11, shown on Public Broadcasting Stations.

Published on Aesthetics for Birds, #39 of 100 Philosophers 100 Artworks 100 Words, edited by Rebecca Millsop:

Taught Class on Aesthetics, Lori Gruen’s Pro-seminar in Philosophy, Wesleyan Prison Program at Cheshire CT, April 15, 2016.

Interview with Danish newspaper,, 2016.

Workshop on Coercion, organized by Scott Anderson, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, March 2017.

Radio interview on Female Genital Cutting with Beth Matthews on Radical Philosophy, Melbourne Australia, 2 parts:


Conference Organization:

Director (with Eva Kittay), “Women and Moral Theory,” Conference held at S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook, 1985.

Member, Program Committee, APA Eastern Division, 1994-1995.

Chair, Program Committee, APA Eastern Division, 1995-1996.

Member, Program Committee, International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy World Congress (held in New York City, Summer 1999), 1996-1999.

Member, Program Committee, Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Thought, (Conference held in Clearwater Springs, Florida, Fall 2003), 2002-2003.

Director, “Narrative and Human Rights,” Working Conference held at UConn, Spring 2008.

Director, “Poverty Coercion, and Human Rights,” Loyola University, Chicago, April 2012.

Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Demographics in Philosophy Project, 2022.

Editorial Positions:

Editor (with Kenneth Kipnis), AMINTAPHIL Publications, 1982‑93.

Editorial Board, Economics and Philosophy, 1989-1994.

Editorial Board, Public Affairs Quarterly, 1998-2009.

Editorial Board, Classic Essays in Feminist Ethics, ed. Alison Jaggar, 2002.

Co-editor (with Hilde Hein), APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, 1992-1997; Senior Consulting Editor, 1997-98.

Associate Editor, Hypatia, 2007-2012; Advisory Board, 2013-continuing; Editor, FEAST Special Issues of Hypatia, 2008-2011.

Editorial Board, Journal of Trafficking, Organized Crime, and Security, 2014-continuing.

Other Journal Positions:

Board of Directors, Hypatia Inc., 2012-2014, Chair of Hypatia Inc., Board, 2013-2014.

Advisory Board, Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, 2014-continuing.

Advisory Board, The Polish Journal of Philosophy, 2015-continuing.

Manuscript Referee (books):

The University of Kansas Press, 1983; Westview Press, 1986; Cambridge University Press and Princeton University Press, 1987; University of California Press and Columbia University Press, 1990; Oxford University Press, Cornell University Press, 1991, 1998; Indiana University Press, 1991; Routledge, 1993, 1998; Princeton University Press, 1996; Indiana University Press, 1996; Blackwell, 1999; Rowman and Littlefield, 2000; Cambridge University Press, 2003; Oxford University Press, 2007, 2016; MIT Press 2012.

Manuscript Referee (articles):

Ethics 1981‑1994; Hypatia 1988-present; Public Affairs Quarterly 1999-2008; Polity 1997-2005, 2010, 2020; APA News­letter on Feminism and Philosophy,1991-1992, 1998-present; Signs, 1991, 2000-present; Bioethics, 2000, 2008; Journal of Ethics, 2000; Journal of Social Philosophy, 1998, 2008-present; Social Theory and Practice 1998, 2005; Informal Logic 1989; ; Law and Philo­sophy 1992-present; Economics and Philo­sophy 1989-1994;  The Hast­ings Center Report 1994; Dialogue 1994, 1997-1998; Philo­sophical Forum 1990; Philosophy East and West 1992; Interna­tional Organization 1981‑83; Women’s Studies International Forum 2003; Gender and Society 2005; Rationality and Society 2005; Inquiry 2009; Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy 2010; Journal of Global Ethics 2012; Philosophia, 2013; Journal of the American Philosophical Association 2014-continuing; Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 2014-2015; Polish Journal of Aesthetics 2015; Synthese 2017; Feminist Philosophical Quarterly 2017, 2020; Journal of Human Rights 2019-2020.

Peer Review (grants/fellowships):

Grant Application Reviewer, C.U.N.Y. Research Foundation, 1979‑80, 1986,1999.

NEH Panelist, 1989.

Grant Application Panel, The Wolfe Institute for the Humanities, Brooklyn College, 1994, 1997.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2008.

Wellcome Trust, London, 2010.

ACLS, 2010.

Peer Review (Tenure and Promotion):

Hunter College (CUNY), 1995-96, University of Minnesota, 1995-96; University of Kentucky, 1995, 1996-97; Georgetown University, 1996-97, Dartmouth College, 1996-97, 2013; University of Cincinatti, 1997; Fordham University, 1997; Clark University, 1997; Rollins College, 1998; Indiana University, 1998, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1998, Dalhousie University, 1998; Colby College, 1999; University of Kansas, 1999; Vassar College, 1999, 2003; Queen’s University, 1999; American University, 2000; Carleton College, 2002; Loyola University, Chicago, 2002; University of Toronto, 2005; Villanova University, 2005; Ramapo College, 2006; Gustavus Adolphus College, 2007; Lehigh University, 2007; Macquarie University, 2009; Penn State University, 2009; Marquette University, 2010, 2011; University of Dayton, 2011; Indiana University, South Bend, 2012; Dartmouth College 2013; Stony Brook University, 2014.

External PhD Thesis Examiner:

Latrobe University, Australia, 1997; University of Sydney, Australia, 1997; SUNY, Stony Brook, 1997; Dalhousie University, 1999; The Fielding Institute, 2001-2002; SUNY, Buffalo, 2002; University of Illinois, Chicago, 2002-2004; York University, 2004; Vanderbilt University, 2013-15.


American Philosophical Association, ex officio member of the Committee on the Status of Women, 1992-1997.

American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Program Committee, 1994-1996, Program Committee Chair, 1995-96.

American Philosophical Association, Committee on the Status of Women, 2000-2003.

Society for Philosophy and Public Affairs (New York Group), Treasurer, 1979‑1995.

Society for Philosophy and Public Affairs (National), Executive Committee, 1980‑84, 1991-1995, Executive Secretary, 1984‑1991.

International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (Amer­ican Section), President 1995-97, ­­­Chair, Search Committee for Executive Director, 1996-1998; Vice-President 1993-95, Nom­i­nations Committee 1991-92, 2001-02, P­u­b­l­i­cations Comm­­it­tee, 1982‑­93, C­h­a­i­r­person of Publi­cations Comm­ittee, 1987-1993; Executive Comm­ittee, Member Elected At-large, 198­7‑89.

International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Organizing Committee and Program Committee for the World Congress New York City, Summer 1999.

American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy.

Society for Women in Philosophy.

Society for Analytic Feminism.

FEAST (Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Thought), Publications Committee, 1999-2002; Program Committee, 2002-2003; Elected At-large Member of the Steering Committee, 2006-2007; Chair, Publications Committee, 2008-2011; Ex Officio Member of the Steering committee, 2008-2011; Chair, Committee on Future Publishing Program, 2006-2007; Advisor to Graduate Student Mentoring Project, 2008-2012.


Graduate Committee, University of Connecticut, 1988-95.

Chair, Philosophy Dept. Graduate Placement Commit­tee, 1991-95, 1996-continuing.

PTR/Executive Committee, University of Connecticut, 1988-90, 2003-2006.

Women’s Studies Executive Board, UConn, 1987-continuing; Co-chair, 1990-1994, 1996.

Women’s Studies Curriculum and Courses Committee, 1991-continuting.

General Education Assessment Team, University of Connecti­cut, 1988-90.

Bill of Rights Bicentennial Commemoration Committee, UConn, 1989.

Sexual Harassment Officer, Dept. of Philosophy, UConn, 1991-1993, 1994-present.

UConn Research Foundation Humanities Panel, 1991-1992, Spring 2001-2002; Chair, Fall 1992.

Women’s Studies/History Search Committee for the Director of Women’s Studies at UConn, 1992.

UConn Faculty Senate Curricula and Courses Committee, 1992.

Dodd Archive Faculty Organizing Committee, 1994-1996.

Women’s Studies/Psychology Search Committee for the Director of Women’s Studies at UConn, 1997-98.

Women’s Studies/Art and Art History Search Committee, 1998-99.

Gladstein Human Rights Committee, 1999-2008, Chair 2001-02.

UConn Humanities Institute Board, 2003-2005.

Board of Fellowship Advisors in the Humanities, 2004-2008.

Human Rights/Humanities Search Committee, 2004-2005.


Colloquium Committee, Philosophy Department, 2008-2013.

Search Committee, Farrell Chair in Women’s Leadership, 2009.

Organizer, Faculty Workshop Group in Moral, Social, and Political Philosophy, 2009-2011.

Director, Conference on Poverty, Coercion, and Human Rights, April 13-15, 2012.

NTT Rank and Promotion Committee, 2012.