Chair

    • Ranjana Khanna
    • Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies and Professor, English, Literature and Women's Studies
    • Ranjana Khanna is Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies and Professor of English, Women's Studies, and the Literature Program at Duke University. She works on Anglo- and Francophone Postcolonial theory and literature, and Film, Psychoanalysis, and Feminist theory. She has published widely on transnational feminism, psychoanalysis, and postcolonial and feminist theory, literature, ...
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Director of Undergraduate Studies

Assistant to Director of Undergraduate Studies

Director of Graduate Studies

    • Ara Wilson
    • Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Cultural Anthropology
    • My work contributes to the feminist study of globalization and to what I call queer political economy (QPE). Through research informed by an ethnographic lens, my aim is to generate descriptions of social life within conditions shaped by transnational flows, especially operations of global capitalism. This requires combining attention to economics ...
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Assistant to Director of Graduate Studies

Faculty

Primary

    • Elizabeth Grosz
    • Jean Fox O'Barr Women's Studies Professor in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
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    • Frances S Hasso
    • Associate Professor in Women's Studies, International Comparative Studies, and Sociology; Director, International Comparative Studies Program of Sociology and Associate Professor in Women's Studies of Women's Studies Program and Director, International Comparative Studies Program
    • My research has focused on the intersections between states, social movements, and individual subjectivities and identities, especially in the Arab world. My first book, Resistance, Repression, and Gender Politics in Occupied Palestine and Jordan, found and explained different social change strategies, and cultural and gender politics, in the Jordan and ...
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    • Ranjana Khanna
    • Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies and Professor, English, Literature and Women's Studies
    • Ranjana Khanna is Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies and Professor of English, Women's Studies, and the Literature Program at Duke University. She works on Anglo- and Francophone Postcolonial theory and literature, and Film, Psychoanalysis, and Feminist theory. She has published widely on transnational feminism, psychoanalysis, and postcolonial and feminist theory, literature, ...
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    • Gabriel N Rosenberg
    • Assistant Professor of the Practice
    • Gabriel Rosenberg's research investigates the historical and contemporary linkages among gender, sexuality, and the global food system. In particular, he studies spaces of agricultural production as important sites for the constitution and governance of intimacy – intimacy both between and among humans, animals, and plants. Although central throughout ...
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    • M Kathy Rudy
    • Professor
    • Rudy's early research included reproductive ethics, religious ethics, sexuality, and feminist theory. Among publications in her early years are Sex and the Church Gender, Sexuality, and the Transformation of Christian Ethics (Beacon Press 1997), Beyond Pro-Life and Pro-Choice: Moral Diversity in the Abortion Debate (Beacon Press, 1996), as well as ...
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    • Ara Wilson
    • Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Cultural Anthropology
    • My work contributes to the feminist study of globalization and to what I call queer political economy (QPE). Through research informed by an ethnographic lens, my aim is to generate descriptions of social life within conditions shaped by transnational flows, especially operations of global capitalism. This requires combining attention to economics ...
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Secondary

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    • Wahneema Lubiano
    • Associate Professor, Literature and African and African-American Studies
    • Her research interests include African-American literature, African-American popular culture and film, and women's studies. Professor Lubiano teaches "Black Nationalism," "Black American Narratives," and "Black Intellectual History."
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    • Diane M Nelson
    • Professor, Cultural Anthropology
    • I began fieldwork in Guatemala in 1985 exploring the impact of civil war on highland indigenous communities with a focus on the more than 100,000 people made into refugees and 200,000 people murdered in what the United Nations has called genocidal violence. Since then my research has sought to understand the causes and effects of this violence, including the destruction and reconstruction of ...
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    • Charles D Piot
    • Professor, Cultural Anthropology & African and African American Studies
    • Charlie Piot, Ph.D. University of Virginia 1986, does research on the political economy and history of rural West Africa. His recent book, Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa, attempts to retheorize a classic out-of-the-way place as within the modern and the global. He is currently engaged in research on two new projects. One tracks global ...
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    • Carlos Rojas
    • Associate Professor, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Chinese Cultural Studies
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    • Irene M. Silverblatt
    • Professor, Cultural Anthropology
    • Irene Silverblatt, Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1981, researches the cultural dimensions of state- building and colonization in Latin America. She is particularly interested in the relation of gender, racial discourses, and historical memory to the construction and experience of power. As a Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, she will be ...
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    • Rebecca L. Stein
    • Associate Professor, Cultural Anthropology
    • Rebecca L. Stein's (PhD Stanford U 1999) research examines the relationship between Israeli cultural politics and transnational political processes in the Middle East, in the context of the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Her recent writing has explored the ways that Israeli popular culture is consumed in articulation with the transnational circuits of ...
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    • Robyn Wiegman
    • Professor, Literature and Women's Studies
    • Robyn Wiegman is Professor of Literature and Women's Studies and former Director of the Women's Studies Program at Duke from 2001-2007. She earned her Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Washington in 1988. She has also taught at Syracuse University, Indiana University, and the University of California, Irvine. She has published two ...
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Graduate

    • Srinivas Aravamudan
    • Professor, English
    • Srinivas Aravamudan has taught at the University of Utah, and at the University of Washington. He joined the Duke English Department in the Fall of 2000. He specializes in eighteenth century British and French literature and in postcolonial literature and theory. He is the author of essays in Diacritics, ELH, ...
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    • Katharine T Bartlett
    • Professor, Law and A. Kenneth Pye Professor of Law
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    • miriam cooke
    • Professor, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
    • She has travelled and researched in Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco and Syria. Her first book dealt with the writings of one of Egypt's leading intellectuals of the 20th century, Yahya Haqqi. Subsequently, her interests turned to the writings of women, especially those that deal with issues of war and gender in the postcolonial Arab world. Her recently published book, Women Claim Islam, analyzes the ...
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    • Cathy N. Davidson
    • Ruth F. Devarney Professor of English and Interim Director
    • Cathy Davidson has published numerous books, including Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America (Oxford, 1986), Reading in America: Literature and Social History (Hopkins, 1989), The Book of Love: Writers and Their Love Letters (Pocket/Simon and Schuster, 1992), Thirty-Six Views of Mount Funi: On Finding Myself in Japan (Dutton/Penguin, 1993), and, with Linda Wagner-Martin, The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States ...
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    • Esther Gabara
    • Associate Professor; Spanish
    • Modern and Contemporary Latin America relationship between literature and visual culture, photography
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    • Jehanne Gheith
    • Associate Professor, Slavic and Eurasian Studies and International Comparative Studies
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    • Andrew Janiak
    • Creed C. Black Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies Program
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    • Toril Moi
    • Professor, Literature
    • Toril Moi has three broad areas of interest: feminist theory and women's writing; the intersection of literature, philosophy and aesthetics; and ordinary language philosophy in the tradition of Wittgenstein, Cavell and Austin. Toril Moi also works on theater. In her work on literature and theater she is particularly interested in the emergence of modernism in the late ...
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    • Maureen Quilligan
    • Professor, English
    • Maureen Quilligan has as a primary field of interest the Renaissance, with special attention to women and literature. She has published three books The Language of Allegory: Defining the Genre (1979) Milton's Spenser: The Politics of Reading (1983) and The Allegory of Female Authority: Christine de Pizan's Cite des Dames (1991). She has also ...
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    • Lynn Smith-Lovin
    • Professor, Sociology
    • I study identity, action and emotional response. I’m interested in the basic question of how identities affect social interaction. I use experimental, observational, survey and simulation methods to describe how identities, actions and emotions are interrelated. The experiments I do usually involve creating social situations where unusual things ...
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    • Susan Thorne
    • Associate Professor
    • Imperial Britain 1750-1950, missions and empire, literature and history, poverty and poor relief My research agenda is broadly informed by my interest in the influence of imperialism on the social and political development of the world's first industrial nation. My first book, Congregational missions and the making of an imperial culture in nineteenth-century ...
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    • Marianna Torgovnick
    • Professor, English
    • Marianna Torgovnick writes on the novel and novel theory, postcolonialism, modernism, and the twentieth century more generally, and especially on contemporary American issues. She specializes equally in British and American literature and culture. She has published Closure in the Novel (Princeton, 1981), and The Visual Arts, Pictorialism, and the Novel: ...
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    • Antonio Viego
    • Associate Professor, Literature
    • Latino/a Studies, Queer/Lesbian/Gay Studies, Twentieth Century American Literatures, Critical Race Theory, Chicana Feminist Theory, Comparative Ethnicities
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Visiting

    • Martha Reeves
    • Sociology
    • Dr. Reeves received her BA from the University of Montana, her MA from Truman State University, and her Ph.D. in human resources management and industrial relations from the University of Keele, United Kingdom. She has published articles on reward management, virtual teams, and appraisal systems and is the author of Suppressed, Forced Out and Fired (Greenwood Press, 2000), focusing ...
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Adjunct

    • Tyler Curtain
    • Associate Professor, English & Comp Literature, UNC and Associate Fellow of the Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science
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    • Banu Gokariksel
    • Associate Professor, Geography, University of North Carolina
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Visiting Appointments

Visiting Professor

Visiting Associate Professor

    • Monica Huerta
    • Postdoctoral Associate
    • While at Duke, I am pursuing two related but distinct projects that grow out of my dissertation research. One is what I am calling a cultural history of the involuntary. In it, I want to explore the construction of the modern category "personality" through the varying value placed on involuntary facial expressions in law, literature, science and medicine, theatre, photography, and early film. I imagine this project as an expansive synthesis of how our involuntary actions, gestures, and expressions ...
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Visiting

Affliated Faculty

    • Stanley Abe
    • Associate Professor and Art, Art History & Visual Studies
    • Stanley Abe received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His field of research is Chinese Buddhist art. He is now developing a critical study of the construction of a history of Buddhist art in China, Japan, Europe, and the United States during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This study pays special attention ...
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    • Susan C Alberts
    • Professor and Biology
    • I have two primary lines of research. The first involves understanding how behavior impacts individual fitness in natural populations of large mammals. This research is based on detailed information about individual behavior and life histories, and is focussed primarily ...
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    • Mark Antliff
    • Professor and Art, Art History & Visual Studies
    • Mark Antliff received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is author of Inventing Bergson: Cultural Politics and the Parisian Avant-Garde as well as co-author of Fascist Visions: Art and Ideology in France and Italy, and, with Patricia Leighten, Cubism and Culture. His research and teaching interests focus on art in Europe before ...
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    • Rebecca L. Bach
    • Associate Professor of the Practice, Sociology
    • My major interests in sociology include gender, sexuality, and inequality. My past research has focused on a diverse range of topics associated with gender inequality in work and family roles including an analysis of the structural determinants of gender composition of university and college faculties, a longitudinal examination of educational decision-making and its relationship to ...
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    • Sherryl A Broverman
    • Assoicate Professor of the Practice of and Biology
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    • William H. Chafe
    • Alice Mary Baldwin Professor in History
    • Much of Dean Chafe's professional scholarship reflects his long-term interest in issue of race and gender equality. His dissertation and first book focused on the changing social and economic roles of American women in the fifty years after the woman suffrage amendment. Subsequent books compared the patterns of race and gender discrimination ...
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    • Leslie H Damasceno
    • Assoicate Professor of the Practice Emeritus, Romance Studies
    • Brazillian and Latin American Literature, Theater Cultural, and Theater Theory, Film
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    • Laura F. Edwards
    • Professor
    • Dr. Edward's research focuses on women, gender, and the Law in the Nineteenth Century South. In addition to articles on these topics, Gendered Strife and Confusion: The Political Culture of Reconstruction (1997) and Scarlett Doesn't Live Here Anymore: Southern Women in the Civil War Era (2000). She is also the Associate Editor of Law and History Review. ...
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    • Valeria Finucci
    • Professor, Romance Studies
    • Renaissance literature, the epic, the romance, women's study, and literary theory.
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    • John D. French
    • Professor, History
    • John D. French is a Professor of History at Duke University whose specialties include labor and politics in Brazil and the rise of alt-global politics. His most recent books include Drowning in Laws: Labor Law and Brazilian Political Culture (2004) and the The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women Workers (1997). “Another World Is Possible: The Rise of ...
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    • Ernestine P. Friedl
    • Professor Emeritus and Cultural Anthropology
    • Ernestine Friedl, Ph.D. Columbia 1950, is a James B. Duke Professor Emerita. She taught at Wellesley College and Queens College of the City of New York before coming to Duke in 1973. She has been Visiting Professor at Harvard and Princeton Universities. She has edited the Journal of Modern Greek Studies. Her major interests are in the anthropology ...
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    • Deborah T. Gold
    • Associate Professor, Psychology and Director Social & Community Psychiatry
    • Dr. Gold's research focuses on the psychosocial consequences of chronic illness in late life. In particular, she has studies the impact of an exercise and psychosocial intervention on women with osteoporosis living in retirement communities as well as the impact of chronic pain on community-dwelling older women with osteoporosis. She has also looked at issues of ...
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    • Margaret R Greer
    • Professor, Romance Studies
    • Spanish Early Modern Literature and Culture, Women Writers, Text Editing
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    • Güven Güzeldere
    • Associate Professor of Philosophy and Psychological and Brain Sciences
    • Güven Güzeldere (Ph.D. 1997, Stanford) joined the Duke faculty in 1997. He has published articles on philosophy of mind, history and philosophy of psychology, and artificial intelligence. He has co-edited (with Stefano Franchi) two special issues of Stanford Humanities Review: "Bridging the Gap: Where Cognitive Science Meets Literary ...
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    • Guo-Juin Hong
    • Assistant Professor, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
    • Film historiography, film theory, postcolonial theory and theories of culture and globalization; film and other media of Taiwan, Hong Kong and China
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    • Corinna Kahnke
    • Assistant Professor of the Practice, Germanic Languages and Literature
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    • Timur Kuran
    • Professor and Deputy Director, Duke Islamic Studies Center
    • Timur Kuran is Professor of Economics and Political Science, and Gorter Family Professor in Islam and the Social Sciences at Duke University. His teaching and research draw on multiple disciplines, including economics, political science, history, and legal studies. He has written extensively on the evolution of preferences and institutions, with ...
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    • Nayoung Aimee Kwon
    • Assistant Professor, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
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    • Donna E Lisker
    • ASSOCIATE VICE PROVOST & ASSOCIATE DEAN, UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
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    • Ralph A Litzinger
    • Associate Professor and Director, Asian/Pacific Studies Institute and Cultural Anthropology
    • Ralph Litzinger, PH.D. University of Washington, 1994, does research on minority politics in the People's Republic of China. He has written on Marxist theory in nationality policy in socialist states, ethnic and indigenous revitalization in the post-Cold War global order, and on ethnographic film, photography, and popular culture. He is the author ...
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    • Janie K Long
    • Assoicate Dean, Undergraduate Education of Sexuality Studies and Women's Studies Program
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    • Michele L Longino
    • Professor, Romance Studies
    • 17th Century French Literature, History of Theater, Feminist Criticism, Theory in Literature
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    • Anne-Maria B Makhulu
    • Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African & African American Studies
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    • Marjorie B. McElroy
    • Professor, Economics and Chair
    • Professor Marjorie McElroy joined the Duke Economics faculty in 1970 after receiving her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and spending a year at Bell Laboratories. She has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Chicago, Illinois, and Virginia. The National Science Foundation has supported her research in the areas of financial economics, ...
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    • Laura E Micham
    • Director. Sallie Bingham Ctr, WMN'S History & Culture and Director Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture and Librarian for Women's Studies
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    • Walter D Mignolo
    • Professor, Romance Studies and Director, Inst for Global Studies in Humanities
    • Global Coloniality, Critical Cosmopolitanism, Modern/Colonial World System
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    • Ylana N. Miller
    • Visiting Associate Professor, History
    • Memory and History: The Eichmann, Trial, Hannah Arendt, and the Construction of Jewish Community
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    • Rob Mitchell
    • English Department
    • Robert Mitchell is interested in the role of theories of emotional communication (for example, sympathy and identification), as well as the role of science, in the prose and poetry of the Romantic era. He is also interested in contemporary intersections between information technologies, genetics, and commerce, especially as these have been played ...
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    • David L Paletz
    • Professor, Political Science and Director, Film/Video/Digital Program
    • Professor of Political Science and editor of Political Communication. His degrees are all from UCLA. Dr. Paletz's specializes in political communication both in the US and internationally. His research focuses on the relationship between the media (defined broadly to include both news and entertainment) and American government and politics (defined ...
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    • Richard J Powell
    • John Spencer Bassett Professor and Art, Art History & Visual Studies
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    • Stephanie Sieburth
    • Associate Professor, Romance Studies
    • 19th and 20th Centuries Spanish and Latin, American Literature and Culture, Gender Studies, Mass Culture and Psychology
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    • Maurice O Wallace
    • African and African American Studies
    • A 1995 Duke PhD, Maurice Wallace has also taught at in the departments of English and African and Afro-American Studies at Yale University. He is a former member of the Yale Journal of Criticism editorial collective. Author of Constructing the Black Masculine: Identity and Ideality in African American Men's Literature and Culture, 1775-1995, ...
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    • Rebecca Walsh
    • Visiting Assistant Professor, English
    • Rebecca Walsh works in the fields of twentieth-century American Literature and Culture, Diaspora Studies, and Women's Literature. Her interdisciplinary approach to literature is informed by cultural geography, postcolonial theory, and feminist theory. She has recently edited a special issue of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial ...
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    • David Wong
    • Professor, Philosophy
    • Before he came to Duke, David Wong (Ph.D. Princeton, 1977) was the Harry Austryn Wolfson Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University and the John M. Findlay Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. His works include Moral Relativity (University of California Press, 1984), "On Flourishing and Finding One's Identity in ...
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Graduate Students

Staff

Staff Assistant

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    • Kimberlin Carlisle
    • Departmental Business Mgr II and Assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Studies
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