Princeton University Center for Human Values Annual Review 2020-21

Page 1

Annual Review 2020-21 1



Letter from the Director


Faculty Accomplishments


Deepening Understanding Tanner Lectures on Human Values James A. Moffett ’29 Lectures in Ethics Program in Ethics and Public Affairs Ira W. DeCamp Bioethics Seminars Political Philosophy Colloquium History of Political Thought Project UCHV Collaborative Projects UCHV Special Events Co-sponsored Events and Conferences Co-sponsored Series


Teaching and Learning Program in Values and Public Life Courses and Seminars Film Forum Student Prizes and Grants Human Values Forum

20 Supporting Research Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellows Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics Postdoctoral Research Associates in Values and Public Policy Postdoctoral Research Associates in Ethics and Climate Change Postdoctoral Research Associates in Cognitive Science of Values Postdoctoral Research Associates in Philosophy and Religion Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellows Faculty Research Grants


People Faculty Executive Committee Laurance S. Rockefeller University Preceptor Faculty Associates Advisory Council Administration


Letter from the Director

My year serving as the Center’s acting director is within days of coming to an end as I write this. It would have been an unusual year to take on such a job anywhere in the University, but with the pandemic hitting especially hard at research centers like the UCHV, the year presented a distinctive set of challenges. As those who have spent time at the Center know, the core of our ever-changing research community is the annual cohort of Laurance S. Rockefeller (LSR) Visiting Faculty Fellows. These scholars come to us for a year on leave from their home institutions to work on their individual research projects. Unencumbered by teaching obligations, in years past they have been seen not just at talks and in seminars, but also in corridors and cafés, deep in conversation with each other, or with some member of the Princeton faculty or student body. Their enthusiasm is visible and infectious. This year, with the campus effectively closed, all of those to whom we had offered visiting fellowships were encouraged either to accept their fellowships for the 2020-21 academic year but stay at home, or to postpone their fellowships until the 2021-22 academic year, when we hoped they could come in person. Half decided to postpone. Those who accepted — Elizabeth Cohen (Syracuse University; Fall only), Mathilde Cohen (University of Connecticut), Janice Dowell (Syracuse University), Jessica Flanigan (University of Richmond), and David Sobel (Syracuse University) — were mostly seen in their individual cells on one of the many Zoom calls via which, like everyone else, we conducted our business. We ran a stripped-down version of the LSR seminar, filling out the list of presenters and commentators with faculty members. The discussions in the sessions themselves were excellent, so there was no cause for regret there. But everyone missed the impromptu informal chat that inevitably happens after a seminar, as this is often when you get to drill down to the nittygritty. Partway through the year we attempted to simulate that kind of get-together as best we could, thanks to the developers of Wonder, with the new UCHV Online Lounge. It is yet to be


Annual Review 2020-21

seen whether that technology, which came as such a breath of fresh air during the pandemic, will still have an important role to play in our affairs post-pandemic. The Graduate Prize Fellows’ seminar, the postdoctoral research seminar, and the Values and Public Life seminar for undergraduates all went ahead as usual. Special thanks must be given to Stephen Macedo and Kim Lane Scheppele for their extraordinary efforts in making these endeavors such a great success, notwithstanding the online environment. A full program of Ira W. DeCamp Bioethics Seminars and Princeton Program in Philosophy and Religion Seminars were also held online. A James A. Moffett ‘29 Lecture in Ethics was given online by Kwame Anthony Appiah (New York University), and a Program in Ethics and Public Affairs seminar was given online by Chike Jeffers (Dalhousie University). These were both lively and well-attended. One of our Visiting Professors for Distinguished Teaching (VPDT), Javier Hidalgo (University of Richmond), led an exceptionally successful interactive workshop on the use of role-playing in teaching historical texts. The pedagogical workshop led by our other VPDT, Christia Mercer (Columbia University), was postponed until she could lead it in person at some point in the future, hopefully during the 2021-22 academic year. The Film Forum, led this year by Andrew Lovett while the Director Erika Kiss was on leave, was also held online in both semesters and with great success. Given that the LSR Visiting Faculty Fellow postponements meant that we had already lined up half the number of our regular visiting fellows for the 2021-22 academic year, and given that the pandemic meant that there were far fewer job opportunities for early career scholars, we decided not to advertise the Visiting Faculty Fellow program for the 2021-22 academic year, and instead to use the savings to support early career scholars working on normative issues. We made an additional year of stipend available to two of our Graduate Prize Fellows, one in the Department of Anthropology and one in the Department of Religion; we funded an additional Postgraduate Research Associate in the Department of Politics over-and-above those given by the Graduate School; and we funded four additional postdoctoral research associates who will begin next year, one in each of the Program in Cognitive Science, the High Meadows Environmental Institute, the Department of Philosophy, and the Department of Politics. We also extended our postdocs for another year. There were several faculty changes this year. On the positive side, we made two very exciting new faculty recruitments. Molly Crockett, of Yale University, will join us in the 2022-23 academic year. She will hold a joint appointment with the Department of Psychology. Emily Greenwood, previously at Yale University, joins us in the 2021-22 academic year, joint with the Department of Classics. Unfortunately, alongside these welcome gains there were also two sad losses. Renée


Letter from the Director

Bolinger, jointly appointed with the Department of Politics, resigned to take up a position as assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Johann Frick, recently tenured and jointly appointed with the Department of Philosophy, resigned to take up an appointment as associate professor of philosophy at the University of California-Berkeley. Bolinger and Frick each had impeccable personal reasons for leaving. We wish them the very best in their new positions. The departures of Bolinger and Frick present us with a new challenge for the future. Over the last few years, we have mostly focused our recruitment efforts on connecting the Center with academic units within the University with which we have had little or no connection in the past. But the core mission of the Center lies in moral, political, and social philosophy, and the departures of Bolinger and Frick, both of whom work in core areas, mean that two of those in whom we had invested our hopes for the future are no longer with us. Over the next few years, we will therefore need to redouble our recruitment efforts in these core areas, which is not to say that we will abandon all of our other recruitment efforts. This year saw a departure of an altogether different kind as well. UCHV staff, faculty, students, and visitors have always been housed in part in Marx Hall and in part in 5 Ivy Lane. Because the University has other plans for Ivy Lane, during their absence from campus, but with their knowledge and cooperation, these members of the UCHV were moved out of their offices in 5 Ivy Lane so that that building can be demolished. They now have offices in nearby Green Hall. The expectation is that some members of the UCHV will be housed in Green Hall for about five years. After that, the hope is that all of us will at long last have offices in one continuous space.

Michael Smith McCosh Professor of Philosophy; Chair, Committee on Film Studies; Acting Director, University Center for Human Values


Annual Review 2020-21

Faculty Accomplishments Renée Bolinger Awarded an American Council of Learned Societies faculty fellowship to complete her book, “Rewriting Rights: Making Reasonable Mistakes in a Social World”; selected to be a fellow-in-residence at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics for the 2021-22 academic year; gave invited virtual lectures at: University of Oxford, Monash University, Umeå University, University of California-San Diego, the Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs at the University of Warwick, University of York, Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy, and the University of St Andrews; delivered the keynote address at the Michigan-MIT Social Philosophy Graduate Student Workshop; published three chapters in edited volumes: “#BelieveWomen and the Ethics of Belief” in “NOMOS LXIV: Truth and Evidence,” “The Language of Mental Illness” in the “Routledge Handbook of Social and Political Philosophy of Language,” and “Explaining the Justificatory Asymmetry between Statistical and Individualized Evidence” in “The Social Epistemology of Legal Trials.”

Andrew Chignell Served as president of the North American Kant Society; created and hosted a series of events called “Virtual NAKS”; interviewed by the Cambridge podcast “The Naked Scientists” for an episode called “Hope Springs Eternal”; published research in a variety of specialty and generalist journals; worked on a book manuscript on Kantian theories of faith and knowledge; with the help of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, worked to update his Massive Open Online Course on “The Ethics of Eating,” which will go live on in fall 2021.

Eric Gregory Published “Democracy” in an edited volume, “The Oxford Handbook of Reinhold Niebuhr,” and “COVID-19 and Religious Ethics,” with Toni Alimi in the Journal of Religious Ethics; gave talks on “Religion and Nationalism” at Fordham


University, “Global Citizenship and the Good Samaritan” at Boston College, and “Eric Nelson’s ‘The Theology of Liberalism: Political Philosophy and the Justice of God’” at the American Academy of Religion.

Melissa Lane Held an Old Dominion Research Professorship at Princeton University, including giving a virtual public lecture and Society of Fellows research seminar; delivered the keynote lecture for the 2021 Duke Graduate Conference in Political Theory and the George R. Langford Family Eminent Scholar Langford Lecture at Florida State University; delivered virtual workshop papers at the University of Bergen, the University of California-Berkeley, and Stanford University; led virtual graduate seminar meetings on her work on Plato at Florida State University and the University of Toronto, and on her work on science and democracy at the French National Centre for Scientific Research in Paris.

Stephen Macedo As president of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy, hosted and chaired the annual meeting held virtually in September, with the Center’s support, on the topic of “Reconciliation and Repair: Mending Frayed Civic Bonds”; delivered two talks on free speech controversies at a virtual conference in Venice, Italy; spoke at the 20th anniversary of the Political Theory Institute at American University, having been the inaugural speaker in 2001; published “After the Backlash: Populism and the Politics and Ethics of Migration” for Law and Ethics of Human Rights and “Populism, Localism and Democratic Citizenship” in Philosophy and Social Criticism; chaired Princeton University’s Committee on Naming and served on the University Trustees Ad Hoc Committee on Principles to Govern Renaming and Changes to Campus Iconography.

Victoria McGeer

Peter Singer

Invited to teach in the Latin American Midyear Seminar on Free Will, Agency and Responsibility in Bogotá, Colombia, funded by the John Templeton Foundation with the support of the Universidad de los Andes and the University of California-San Diego; completed two long-distance interdisciplinary projects with collabo-

Published as editor, and with an afterword, an edition of “The Golden Ass,” translated by Ellen Finkelpearl and illustrated by Anna and Varvara Kendel, and published a collection of essays “Why Vegan?”; founded, as co-editor with Francesca Minerva and Jeff McMahan, the Journal of Controversial Ideas, an open access, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal, and published the first issue; co-authored and published three peer-reviewed articles: “Do Ethics Classes Influence Student Behavior? Case Study: Teaching the Ethics of Eating Meat” in Cognition, “Ethical Choices Behind Quantifications of Fair Contributions under the Paris Agreement” in Nature Climate Change, and “Can ‘Eugenics’ Be Defended?” in Monash Bioethics Review; had a dialogue on utilitarianism with Michael Sandel; published bilingually in Philosophie Magazine as “Comment (bien) faire le bien?” and “Besser Gutes tun – aber wie?”; wrote five Op-Eds on aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic (some co-authored) and newspaper and magazine essays on effective giving, the right to die, legalizing drugs, and moral progress.

rators at Maastricht University, the University of Groningen, and Macquarie University (on shame, guilt, and addiction) and New York University-Shanghai (on moral communication); invited to give keynote lectures at the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology on social cognitive development and at a conference on responsibility and psychopathology at KU Leuven.

Philip Pettit Presented a number of academic lectures and presentations virtually, including a fiveyear anniversary lustrum lecture for the Philosophy, Politics & Economics program at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a lecture in honor of Christian List at the London School of Economics; delivered the 2021 Julius Stone Address at the University of Sydney Law School; gave an invited, opening address at the annual general meeting of the Social Democrats Party in Ireland.

Kim Lane Scheppele Delivered the Dietrich Schindler Lecture at the University of Zurich, the Centre of Law and Society Annual Public Lecture at the University of Cardiff, and the Foley Institute Distinguished Lecture at Washington State University; published new book, “9/11 and the Rise of Global Anti-Terrorism Law,” edited with Arianna Vedaschi, in time for the 20th anniversary of 9/11.



Deepening Understanding


Annual Review 2020-21


Chike Jeffers (Dalhousie University) with UCHV Acting Director Michael Smith and Professor Anna Stilz BELOW

Moffett Lecturer Kwame Anthony Appiah (New York University)

James A. Moffett ’29 Lectures in Ethics

Program in Ethics and Public Affairs

The Moffett Lecture Series aims to foster reflection about moral issues in public life, broadly construed, at either a theoretical or a practical level, and in the history of thought about these issues. The series is made possible by a gift from the Whitehall Foundation in honor of James A. Moffett ’29.

The Program in Ethics and Public Affairs (PEPA) advances the study of the moral purposes and foundations of institutions and practices, both domestic and international. PEPA seminars seek to bring the perspectives of moral and political philosophy to bear on significant issues in public affairs.

September 24 Kwame Anthony Appiah, professor of philosophy and law at New York University and Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, Emeritus, at Princeton, delivered the UCHV’s only Moffett Lecture during the 2020-21 academic year. At a time when many found themselves unemployed, underemployed or forced to adapt to a new way of working due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Appiah presented a virtual lecture titled “What About the Workers?” in which he attempted to redress an apparent silence about work among philosophers by identifying some necessary and recognizably philosophical tasks in what he called “the philosophy of work.” While the lecture focused on challenges to workers posed by globalization, automation, and the changing ways in which work fits into what Appiah refers to as the main ethical project — the making of a life — much could also apply in the context of workers displaced by the current pandemic.

November 12 Chike Jeffers, Dalhousie University “Tragic Division or Fruitful Diversity: How to Evaluate Race With the Help of Du Bois’ ‘The Souls of Black Folk’”

Ira W. DeCamp Bioethics Seminars DeCamp Seminars range across a wide variety of topics at the intersections of philosophy, ecology, biology, medicine, and public policy. The seminar series is made possible by a gift from the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation. October 7 Dr. Cristina Cassetti, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Richard Yetter Chappell, University of Miami; Ben Bramble, Australian National University; Lena Jewler, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health “Pandemic Ethics: Should We Make Use of Volunteers in Human Challenge Trials?” December 7 Olga Yakusheva, Healthcare Innovation Impact Program, University of Michigan School of Nursing; Jay Bhattacharya, Stanford University; Michael Plant, Wellbeing Research Centre, University of Oxford “Are Lockdowns Justified? Evaluating the Costs and Benefits”


Deepening Understanding

Clockwise: Cristina Cassetti, Ben Bramble, Richard Chappell, Lena Jewler, and Peter Singer

March 25 Olivia Bailey, University of California-Berkeley “Moral Imperfection’s Moral Upside? Empathy, Humanity, and a Problem for Virtuous Vision” April 7 Ketan Ramakrishnan, Yale Law School “Deontology Over Time” April 14 Nir Eyal, Center for Population-Level Bioethics, Rutgers University “Luck-Egalitarian Priority for the Imprudent”

April 8 Simone Chambers, University of California-Irvine “How Can the People Rule? Majority Rule and the Rise of Populism”

Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion The Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion (PPPR) is an initiative of the UCHV, in cooperation with the Departments of Philosophy and Religion at Princeton. PPPR brings together an interdisciplinary group of students and scholars who share a research interest in the philosophy of religion, broadly construed.

Political Philosophy Colloquium The Political Philosophy Colloquium is co-sponsored by the Department of Politics. It presents talks by scholars from Princeton and elsewhere on a broad range of topics in the history of political thought, contemporary political philosophy, and related subjects. October 15 Melvin Rogers, Brown University “Thinking About Black Republicanism: An Introduction” February 4 Benjamin Straumann, New York University and the University of Zurich “How to Save Your City from Calamity: Hobbes’ Thucydides and the Melian Dialogue”

October 30 PPPR Inaugural Conference January 29 Mark Murphy, Georgetown University: “Owing God Worship” PPPR and Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion Joint Colloquium February 19 Terence Cuneo, University of Vermont: “Blessing Things” PPPR and Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion Joint Colloquium


Annual Review 2020-21

March 12 Thomas Ward, Baylor University, and Anne Jeffrey, Baylor University: “One Goodness, Many Goodnesses, and the Divine Idea Imitation Theory” PPPR and Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion Joint Colloquium March 24 Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University; Eddie Glaude, Princeton; Zena Hitz, St. John’s College; Jeffrey Stout, Princeton University PPPR Virtual Panel: Religion in the Modern University April 22 Paul Franks, Yale University: “Infinity, Contraction, and Normative Empowerment: Toward a Philosophical Construal of a Kabbalistic Concept” PPPR and Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion Joint Colloquium April 29 Good God, Bad World? A PPPR Debate Between James Sterba (University of Notre Dame) and Daniel Rubio (Princeton)

Participants in the interactive workshop, “Reacting to the Past: Teaching with Historical Role Playing Games” led by Visiting Associate Professor for Distinguished Teaching, Javier Hidalgo


UCHV Collaborative Projects In the 2020-21 academic year, the UCHV fostered collaborations with these campus communities, expanding and deepening ties that extend beyond sponsorship of events. The Climate Futures Initiative in Science, Values, and Policy (CFI) is an interdisciplinary research program at Princeton University, administered by the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) and co-sponsored by the HMEI and the UCHV. The initiative explores normative and positive approaches to the future of humankind, especially as that future is affected by climate change. The initiative features a wideranging dialogue across disciplines and world regions, with considerable attention to ethics. The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) explores the role of law in politics, society, the economy, and culture in the United States, countries around the world, and across national borders. Through its programming, teaching, and research initiatives, LAPA combines the multidisciplinary expertise of Princeton’s faculty with the knowledge provided by leading academic and practical experts on American, international, and comparative law.

Co-sponsored Events and Conferences (Organizing department is given in parentheses) October 20 When Small Change Makes a Big Difference: Algorithmic Equity Among Similarly Situated Individuals (Center for Information Technology Policy) October 21 Organizing Stories: Toward a Scholarly-Activist Praxis (African American Studies) October 30-31 Political Values, Market Values, Art Values: The Ethics of American Art in the 1980s (Art and Archaeology) November 14 SOLE (SUN) – A Reflection on the Choice to Love (French and Italian)

Participants role

UCHV Special Events February 2 Rule of Love: Love-Based Governance for Global Health (PIIRS Fung Global Fellows Program) April 22 Becoming Human: Book Talk and Discussion with Zakiyyah Iman Jackson (English) May 21 Distinguished Teaching Lecture in Service and Civic Engagement: The Adventure of Civility ― Krista Tippett in Conversation with Princeton Students (John H. Pace, Jr. ’39 Center for Civic Engagement)

Co-sponsored Series

August 17 Princeton Effective Altruism Reading Group Discussion With Special Guest, Isaac Martinez ’20

play during the “Reacting to the Past” workshop

December 2 Food, Ethics, X=Psychology conference December 8 Peter Singer and Andrew Chignell in Conversation: “Why Vegan? How to Eat Ethically” March 5 Reacting to the Past: Teaching with Historical Role Playing Games, organized by the Spring 2021 LSR Visiting Associate Professor for Distinguished Teaching, Javier Hidalgo

Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab Inaugural Artist-inResidence, Mimi Onuoha ’11 (African American Studies) Minorities and Philosophy (Philosophy) Princeton Workshop in Normative Philosophy (Philosophy) Princeton African Humanities Colloquium (PIIRS) Social Criticism and Political Thought (Politics)



Teaching and Learning Program in Values and Public Life

VPL Acting Director Stephen Macedo with

Under the direction of Stephen Macedo, 15 seniors graduated with the certificate in Values and Public Life (VPL). The UCHV admitted one rising senior to the program, bringing the Class of 2022 to 20 students, with 20 rising juniors comprising its Class of 2023.

students at the VPL Student Conference

In addition to completing the certificate program’s curricular requirements, VPL students participated in a discussion with Eileen Hunt Botting, a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, as well as a discussion about an episode of “The Good Place” that explored the theme “What we owe to each other.” Throughout the academic year, VPL students participated in a mentorship program with several Graduate Prize Fellows who served as mentors. VPL seniors attended Senior Thesis Workshops led by three of the UCHV’s postdoctoral fellows: Michael Rabenberg, Elizabeth Li and Alexander Englert, and presented their theses virtually at the VPL Student Conference, which was attended by the UCHV community and students’ family and friends. VPL’s Class of 2021 celebrated Class Day virtually.

Courses and Seminars

Ethics of Emerging Technologies PHI 350 / CHV 356 Johann Frick and Michal Masny Expressive Rights and Wrongs: Speech, Offense, and Commemoration POL 477/ CHV 477 / JRN 477 Stephen Macedo

Values and Public Life Seminars A Democratic Philosophy CHV 367 / POL 475 / PHI 368 Philip Pettit Ethical and Scientific Issues in Environmental Policy CHV 321 / ENV 321 / SPI 371 Peter Singer and David Wilcove The Ethics of Eating CHV 395 / PHI 399 Andrew Chignell

First-Year Seminars Civil Disobedience: Breaking the Law from Socrates to the Civil Rights Movement Peter Wirzbicki Kurt & Beatrice Gutmann Freshman Seminar in Human Values Freedom in the Age of Revolutions Joel Lande University Center for Human Values Freshman Seminar (Anonymous)


Annual Review 2020-21

Gender and Sex Diversity Kristina Olson Peter T. Joseph ’72 Freshman Seminar in Human Values

The Hidden History of Hollywood - Research Film Studio CHV 385 / AAS 385 Erika Kiss

History and Cinema: Fascism in Film Gaetana Marrone-Puglia Professor Amy Gutmann Freshman Seminar in Human Values

Introduction to Moral Philosophy PHI 202 / CHV 202 Johann Frick

Intellectual Foundations of Modern Conservatism Thomas Kelly Dean Eva Gossman Freshman Seminar in Human Values Money, Markets, and Morals Steven Kelts Paul L. Miller ’41 Freshman Seminar in Human Values

Courses Biomedical Ethics PHI 277 / CHV 277 / GHP 377 Alexander Meehan Citizenships Ancient and Modern CLA 310 / CHV 314 / AAS 311 / POL 310 Dan-El Padilla Peralta Dissertation Seminar CHV 599 Kim Lane Scheppele Ethics in Context: Uses and Abuses of Deception and Disclosure ANT 360 / CHV 360 Rena Lederman Ethics and Economics ECO 385 / CHV 345 Thomas Leonard Ethics and Public Policy SPI 370 / POL 308 / CHV 301 Renée Bolinger and Stephen Macedo European Intellectual History in the Twentieth Century HIS 369 / CHV 369 Edward Baring


The Just Society POL 307 / CHV 307 Alan Patten Philosophy of Mind PHI 315 / CHV 315 / CGS 315 Ryan Cox Philosophy of Mind: Conversable Minds PHI 535 / CHV 535 / REL 537 / POL 508 Sam Berstler and Philip Pettit Political Philosophy PHI 309 / CHV 309 / HUM 309 Ryan Cox Religion, Ethics and Animals REL 214 / CHV 215 Andrew Chignell and Shaun Marmon Religion and Reason REL 264 / CHV 264 / PHI 264 Denys Turner Sociological Theory SOC 302 / CHV 302 Kim Lane Scheppele Topics in the History and Theory of the Media: Artificial Life GER 314 / CHV 320 / COM 448 Devin Fore

Film Forum The Film Forum convenes under the direction of Erika Kiss (on leave, Fall 2020). Normally, films are screened at various campus theaters, but during the 2020-21 academic year, they were screened virtually. The films were followed by comments from Princeton faculty and a discussion on Zoom. The series, which is open to the public, is supported by a gift from Bert Kerstetter ’66. Andrew Lovett, professional specialist in the Department of Music, served as this year’s acting director.

Teaching and and Learning Learning Teaching

Fall / Commedia Crisis September 7 Billy Wilder “The Apartment” (1960) September 14 Charlie Chaplin “The Great Dictator” (1940) September 21 Mira Nair “The Namesake” (2006) October 5 Jon Baird “Stan & Ollie” (2018) October 12 Lauren Greenfield “The Queen of Versailles” (2012) October 19 Daniel Petrie “A Raisin in the Sun” (1961) October 26 Spike Lee “Crooklyn” (1994) November 2 Ava DuVernay “Middle of Nowhere” (2012) November 9 Joel and Ethan Coen “The Hudsucker Proxy” (1994) November 16 Henry Koster “100 Men and a Girl” (1937) November 23 Jeff Orlowski “Chasing Ice” (2012)

February 7-8 Dictynna Hood “Us Among the Stones” (2020) February 15 Terence Davies “Of Time and the City” (2008) February 22 Terrence Malick “Days of Heaven” (1978) March 1 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger “The Red Shoes” (1948) March 8 Roy Andersson “Songs from the Second Floor” (2000) March 22 Claire Denis “Beau Travail” (1999) March 29 Tom Tykwer “Run Lola Run” (1998) April 5 Matt Wolf “The Marion Stokes Project” (2019) April 12 Peter Greenaway “The Draughtsman’s Contract” (1982) April 18-19 Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard “20,000 Days on Earth” (2014) April 26 Andrei Tarkovsky “Mirror” (1975)

November 30 Gabriel Axel “Babette’s Feast” (1987)

Spring / Time Within Time February 1 Michel Gondry “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004)


Annual Review 2020-21

Student Prizes and Grants Senior Thesis Prize Each year, the Center awards prizes to the senior theses that make an outstanding contribution to the study of human values. Nominations for the prize are made by departments across the University. Daniela Alvarez, Spanish and Portuguese “La Gran Cárcel: Two Militarized Borders, Two Failed Asylum Systems and a Mexico-Wide Prison” Malka Himelhoch, Religion “‘Save This Woman from the Shackles of Aginut’: A Case for the Decoupling of Marriage and Law in America” Simone Wallk, English “Haunted Histories: Torture and Trauma in Muriel and The Battle of Algiers”

Maxwell Smith-Holmes, Architecture Waner Zhang, Philosophy Jocelyn Wilson, Politics Elaine Yim, Politics

Political Philosophy Research and Travel Grants The University Center for Human Values, along with the Program in Political Philosophy, offers Political Philosophy Research and Travel grants. The grants are supported by a fund established by Amy Gutmann, former provost of the University and founding director of the UCHV. Due to restrictions on travel during the 2020-21 academic year, funds were disbursed to support ongoing research in the form of book grants. The following students received such grants: Friedrich Asschenfeldt, History Benjamin Bernard, History

Graduate Student Merit Awards The UCHV offers prizes to help attract graduate students to Princeton whose work explicitly focuses on ethics, political theory, and human values. In spring 2021, the following incoming students were awarded these grants:

Rebecca Faulkner, Religion Eliav Grossman, Religion Hasan Hameed, History Sonny Kim, Politics

Christian Bischoff, English

Thomas Lambert, Philosophy

Ibiayi Briggs, Architecture

Faiza Masood, Religion

Daniel Browning, Politics

Lucas McMahon, History

Holly Bushman, Architecture Atticus Carnell, Politics Claudia Cervantes Perez, Politics Paola Del Toro, English Dante Furioso, Architecture Hannah Amadeus Harte, Anthropology Marie-Louise James, German

Gaby Nair, Politics Ohad Reiss Sorokin, History Yoav Schaefer, Religion Jeremy Schneider, History Joy Shim, Philosophy Richard Spiegel, History

Patrick Jaojoco, Architecture

Neel Thakkar, History

Heejoo Kim, East Asian Studies

Claudia Yau, Philosophy

Yanlin Lu, East Asian Studies

Robert Yee, History

Sophia Millman, French and Italian

Jiseob Yoon, Politics

Lynnea Shuck, Politics


René de Nicolay, Classics

Teaching and Learning

Human Values Forum With support from Bert Kerstetter ’66, the Human Values Forum provides an opportunity for undergraduates, faculty members, graduate students, and faculty visitors to meet in an informal setting to discuss current and enduring questions concerning ethics and human values.

November 23 Philip Pettit “The Strange History of Freedom” February 2 Thomas Kelly “Bias and Norms”

August 31 Peter Singer “Bioethics in the Pandemic”

February 8 Nyle Fort “A Rose from Canfield: Michael Brown’s Street Memorial and the Uprising in Ferguson”

September 7 Ryan Darr “Climate Justice and Individual Emissions”

February 15 David Bell “How To Do Historical Analogies Right”

September 14 R.J. Snell “Gratitude and Our Nihilistic Situation”

February 22 Gideon Rosen “Punishment and Consent”

September 21 Gabriel Citron “You’re Not a Saint. You’re Not Scandalized by That. Hasn’t Something Gone Terribly Wrong?”

March 1 Christia Mercer “Justice, or Dragging Philosophy into the 21st Century”

September 28 Elizabeth Harman “‘You Can But You Shouldn’t’: Are There Sexual Moral Mistakes That Aren’t Morally Wrong?”

March 8 Sam Berstler “The Geometry of Open Secrets”

October 5 Elizabeth Cohen “Out of Line: The Political and Distributive Salience of Queues, Lines, and Ordered Waiting” October 19 Victoria McGeer “Two Faces of Blame” October 26 Lara Buchak “When Can We Take Risks for Other People?” November 2 Kathryn Joyce “Toward a Substantive Account of Relational Equality” November 9 Jessica Flanigan “When Does Personal History Matter?” November 16 Group discussion “Pandemic Obligations”

March 22 Alexander Englert “Kant, Teleology, and Immortality” March 29 Adam Elga “Risk Pollution and the Tragedy of the Invisible Commons” April 5: Group Discussion “No-Fault Responsibility for Outcomes” April 12 Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi “Reading Walter Benjamin With Ali Shariati: Toward a Conception of Mystical Modernity” April 19 Martha Sandweiss “The Princeton & Slavery Project: How Should an Institution Come to Terms With Its Own Past?” April 26 Edward Baring “Turning Normative Theory Into a Mass Movement”


Annual Review 2020-21


Supporting Research The UCHV seeks to advance original scholarship relating to human values by sponsoring visiting faculty fellowships, visiting professorships for distinguished teaching, postdoctoral research appointments, and dissertation-stage fellowships for outstanding Princeton graduate students. The research reports presented in this section illustrate the reach and quality of the work carried out under the Center’s auspices. A main feature of the visiting fellows program is a regular lunch seminar at which the Center’s visitors, together with its faculty members, present their work to an audience of peers. The graduate fellows meet regularly during their own research seminar, and for other professional development opportunities. As the research reports attest, the systematic criticism and discussion of work in progress is among the principal benefits of affiliation with the Center.

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching This professorship is part of the 250th Anniversary Visiting Professorships for Distinguished Teaching (VPDT) program. Each faculty visitor teaches an undergraduate course and engages in other activities aimed at improving teaching at Princeton.

Javier Hidalgo (Spring 2021) During my time at Princeton, my research focused on a new

project on Buddhist ethics and philosophy. I presented a paper on the structure of Buddhist ethics in an LSR seminar and received invaluable feedback from the participants and my commentator, Jonathan Gold. In addition, I completed a paper on theories of welfare in early Buddhism. Both papers have been accepted for publication. Apart from research, I also taught a class on political theory. This class was distinctive in that it used historical role-playing games to teach the history of political thought. Although it was challenging to teach this year, I believe that the class was a success. The students were engaged and enthusiastic, and I certainly had a lot of fun teaching the class. Finally, I ran a workshop that introduced this pedagogy to other faculty and graduate students at Princeton. Despite the difficulties of this year, I am very happy that I had the chance to participate in the

UCHV community, and I am grateful to Michael Smith and the other staff at the UCHV for their support.

Christia Mercer I had as good a year as one might have had at the UCHV, given the awfulness of the pandemic and the fact that we couldn’t be “at” the UCHV! Despite the remoteness of the participants and the smallness of the group, I felt that my colleagues and I managed to be committed to one another and to share ideas in helpful


Annual Review 2020-21

ways. If we had been in person and had had the chance to get to know one another more, and to debate more robustly, I’m sure we all would have benefited more, but we did what we could under challenging circumstances. Michael Smith was patient and supportive, as was the staff. I wholeheartedly thank them. My co-editor, Melvin Rogers, and I made good progress in developing new books in our relatively new series, Oxford New Histories of Philosophy. The multiple intellectual perspectives of the UCHV group contributed to that work. One of my main tasks this year was to sustain the work of my Just Ideas program, which is based in the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), a maximum security prison in Brooklyn, New York. During the pandemic no volunteers were allowed in federal prisons, but the staff of MDC and I devised a means for Just Ideas to offer courses to the men and women of MDC, where no sophisticated electronics are allowed. By means of DVDs, I taught almost 50 students over the course of the year. I was sad not to have the chance to discuss that work with UCHV colleagues. Finally, I made progress on two projects of my own.

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellows These fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding scholars and teachers interested in devoting a year at


Princeton writing about ethics and human values, discussing their work in a fellows’ seminar, and participating in seminar activities.

Elizabeth Cohen (Fall 2020) Because of the unpredictable environment of 2020, I elected to spend one semester of my year as an LSR fellow and then to return in spring 2022. While in residence, I drafted a chapter of my newest book project, an argument tackling highly consequential but often unasked questions about time in theories of distributive justice. In February, I presented a draft paper on what happens when we believe that scarce and non-scarce goods are being distributed in first-come, first-served queues. I benefited immensely from seminar participant feedback and especially thank Stephen Macedo for serving as my discussant and offering highly engaged constructive pushback. During my semester, I also co-authored the “citizenship” entry for the Cambridge Handbook of Constitutional Theory and worked on another co-authored project about the rise of short term “gig” forms

of citizenship in the 20th century. When not wearing my political theorist hat, I also wrote opinion pieces on immigration politics, about which I published my 2020 book “Illegal,” and critical race theory, which came into Republican Party crosshairs last fall. In addition to the many thought-provoking discussions conducted during the weekly seminar, I was grateful for lunches and socially distant walks with generous UCHV faculty who reached out to me. Their companionship was a welcome contrast to the isolation and confinement that was necessary during the most severe months of the pandemic. I eagerly await my in-person return to Princeton in 2022.

Mathilde Cohen My plan was to spend my time at the UCHV thinking about the law and ethics of human milk expression. How does pumping fit within our moral beliefs and practices, especially surrounding the proper role of people identified as mothers? Can lactating parents be equal citizens while bearing most of the social, economic, and political burdens of infant feeding?

Supporting Research

With the COVID outbreak, I became one of the nonessential homebound workers trying to juggle my research with child care, home schooling, housework, and breastfeeding, without being able to rely on the usual institutional and interpersonal support systems. With millions of others in this situation (or in far more challenging circumstances), I decided to write a series of papers about the phenomenon I termed “lactation in quarantine.” The goal was to make lactating labor during the pandemic more knowable and visible. My work exposes the failures of U.S. laws and policies to adequately support families in their infant feeding journey, be it in pre-pandemic or pandemic times. Throughout the year, I benefited greatly from online interactions with UCHV members, be it at regular seminars or through one-on-one chats. I am extremely grateful for having had this intellectual community at a time of unprecedented isolation.

benefited from reading Una’s new book on this topic. I greatly regret the missed opportunity of talking to Una about our shared interests this year.

Jessica Flanigan

I also benefited from occasionally attending Boris Kment’s graduate seminar on decision theory. The decision theory literature overlaps somewhat with the themes of a fourth book chapter on semantic neutrality. I was also able to complete my second project, a paper on the conversational dynamics of silencing. I enjoyed a fruitful discussion of that paper with Renée Bolinger.

Janice Dowell During my fellowship year, I made good progress on two projects. First, I completed two chapters of my book project, “Contextualism About Deontic Modals,” one on deontic logic and one on varieties of disagreement. The latter benefited from Una Stojnić’s comments on a draft chapter during its discussion in the LSR seminar. In addition, I continued the research needed to begin drafting a third chapter on context-sensitivity. Here I

Finally, I also benefited from attending Gideon Rosen’s philosophy of criminal law course, which may serve as a basis for a future project. More generally, I benefited greatly from being a part of the UCHV community. I found participating in the Center’s variety of scholarly events both enormously stimulating and enriching.

During the 2020-21 LSR fellowship I made significant progress writing a book about the ethics of pregnancy and motherhood. I also started a few new projects that were inspired by my time at Princeton, and I published some more publicfacing policy work related to COVID-19. At the LSR seminar, I presented the first chapter of the motherhood book, and I received excellent comments from Johann Frick and the other participants. Additionally, I participated in the Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion seminars, where I presented a paper about Biblical parables. I also enjoyed talking about self-authorship and standpoint epistemology with students as part of the Human Values Forum. I appreciated the opportunity to attend so many other UCHV talks, too, as well as the opportunity to meet with Princeton faculty and postdocs to talk about our research. One of the best things about this fellowship has been the opportunity to encounter such a wide range of scholars from different disciplines — I learned so much from these


Annual Review 2020-21

conversations. I am thankful to Melissa, Michael, and the UCHV faculty and staff for all their efforts in creating a sense of community, even while we were all working remotely.

David Sobel Well, it wasn’t the year anyone was hoping for. Yet despite not being physically in Princeton, I was blown away by the congenial yet hardheaded philosophical community Princeton has created. Philosophy often tends to be all about arguing and finding what is not quite right in what others say. And perhaps as a result, the philosophical community tends to be tenuous. But the warmth from New Jersey could be felt even in upstate New York. I worked mostly on a book about well-being that I am co-authoring with Steven Wall of the University of Arizona. We are most interested in what aspects of well-being are determined by one’s contingent concerns and which parts (if any) are not, and how these two components combine together. Additionally, we are interested in how best to understand the subjective/


objective divide concerning theories of well-being. I presented one chapter of this book, “A Robust Hybrid Account of Well-Being” at Princeton with Sarah McGrath, with expert help from her children, providing an excellent reply. I also worked on a paper with Connie Rosati. In earlier work, she and I have taken issue with “full information” accounts of well-being. Now we are trying to highlight what features of that view should not be thrown out with the bathwater.

Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics The Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics supports outstanding scholars studying ethical issues arising from developments in medicine or the biological sciences.

badness of death and value theory at meetings of the American Philosophical Association and in the “practice talk” workshop for UCHV postdoctoral research associates. I also had the great pleasure of leading a Senior Thesis Workshop for students in the Values and Public Life program. This was my third and final year at the UCHV. I shall always be grateful for the enormously generous research support I received during my time at the Center, and I shall cherish the friendships I made along the way.

Postdoctoral Research Associates in Values and Public Policy The Values and Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellowship is a joint endeavor of the UCHV and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. The fellowship supports highly promising scholars trained in moral and political philosophy, political theory, normative economics, and related areas to develop a research agenda in the ethical dimensions of public policy.

Ashley Gorham

Michael Rabenberg This academic year, articles of mine on the badness of death and the ethics of prenatal injury were accepted by academic journals, and I presented papers on the

This past year has been an especially memorable one for me and not only because of the challenges posed by COVID-19. In December, I got a job as an assistant professor of government at Hamilton College, and, in the spring, I taught “When Old Debates Were New Again: Exploring the Theoretical Origins of Internet Policy” in

Supporting Research

the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. Over the course of the year, I published a co-authored article, “Algorithmic Interpellation,” in Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, as well as an entry for Hack_Curio, an online repository of hacker-related videos, and I have continued to make progress on my book manuscript “EpicFail: How Hacktivists Expose Democratic Vulnerabilities.” The UCHV’s emotional and material support has been essential to these efforts. To take one specific example, my presentation in the postdoctoral seminar of a portion of a book chapter dealing with the role of humor in Anonymous’s hacktivism greatly helped me to improve the piece. More generally, I found the seminar very helpful, and I am grateful for the insight and support Kim Lane Scheppele provided throughout the year. I will always be grateful to the UCHV for the central role it played in the furthering of my academic career at this critical juncture. The UCHV is truly a generous community in all senses of the word.

August Gorman During an incredibly tumultuous year, I was grateful to have the unwavering support of the UCHV community. At the height of the pandemic, I turned my attention toward public-facing work, presenting on a University of North Carolina panel on “PPE in a Time of Pandemic: Health, Disability, and Triage” and publishing “Tragic Life Endings and Covid-19 Policy” in The Philosophers’ Magazine. I have also had the occasion to substantively engage with two recent books on the existential, ethical, and policy challenges surrounding human mortality. A critical notice on Frances Kamm’s “Almost Over: Aging, Dying, Dead” is conditionally forthcoming in Analysis; and my commentary on John Martin Fischer’s “Death, Immortality, and Meaning in Life” alongside Fischer’s response, delivered at the American Philosophical Association’s Pacific Division meeting, is under review to be published in the special issue of a journal. I continued to work on a book project of my own regarding neurodiversity, mental health, and

moral responsibility, presenting chapter drafts at the UCHV as well as at three groundbreaking virtual conferences centering the lived experience of disability and neurodiversity. The virtual nature of the academic year also gave me the opportunity to join previous fellow UCHV postdocs in Arizona and Ireland via Zoom to guest lecture to their classes on articles of mine. Perhaps the highlight of my year, though, was teaching a graduate seminar on “The Ethics of Mental Health Policy,” the first of its kind, in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

Kathryn Joyce Thanks to the stimulating and supportive virtual environment the UCHV created, my first year as a postdoctoral research associate has been a productive one. I drafted two articles on issues of educational justice related to the U.S. evidence-based approach to school improvement. The first explores the conditions under which it would be fair to hold educators accountable for students’ outcomes when they use interventions that have


Annual Review 2020-21

produced positive effects in randomized controlled trials. The second considers strategies for using evidence-based practice to narrow achievement gaps between racial and socioeconomic groups. I benefited greatly from presenting both papers at the Education Research Section Seminar Series led by Jennifer Jennings. My colleague Nancy Cartwright and I are writing a chapter informed in part by this research for the Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Education. I presented research on broader issues of social justice and equality at the postdoctoral research seminar led by Kim Lane Scheppele, the Human Values Forum, and a workshop on social equality organized by members of Princeton’s Department of Politics. Additionally, I had the privilege of assisting Philip Pettit with his undergraduate course, “A Democratic Philosophy,” which was particularly rewarding.

the fall, I presented a piece of my book manuscript on the idea of equality in America at Princeton’s Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. I was grateful to have many UCHV colleagues in attendance, creating a lively (and extraordinarily helpful!) interdisciplinary audience. An article based on some of that work — specifically, on W.E.B. Du Bois’ idea of social equality — is now forthcoming at American Political Thought. In addition to working on my book manuscript, I have also begun work this year on the political thought of Harlem Renaissance writer Nella Larsen, which I have been invited to present at the Newberry Library this summer. I am excited to return to Princeton for a second year, to share this work as well as to continue the many wonderful conversations begun in this year’s Zoom chats and virtual seminars.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ethics and Climate Change The Ethics and Climate Change Postdoctoral Fellowship supports scholars focusing on the ethical dimensions of climate change, informed by knowledge of climate science and policy. The fellowship is a joint endeavor with the High Meadows Environmental Institute.

Emma Rodman My first year as a postdoctoral research associate has been stimulating and productive. In


Ewan Kingston This year I continued to research the appropriate role of both state and nonstate actors with regard to environmental and social problems. A paper I co-authored on price gouging in the pandemic, “Crisis Prices,” has been accepted in Business Ethics Quarterly. I presented work to UCHV colleagues about the conditions under which activist organizations are justified in leading boycotts of firms. I also produced a chapter for a forthcoming Routledge collection on climate justice and feasibility, which develops a non-cosmopolitan grounding for the idea that wealthier countries should do significantly more on climate change. Looking ahead, I have charted out a future research project concerning when we should trust firms to have reformed after bad behavior. This question is of particular interest for climate ethics: many of the solutions to climate change (such as a hydrogen-fueled economy or carbon capture and storage) might be led effectively by fossil fuel companies, which previously behaved badly with respect

Supporting Research

to the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. I found teaching the ethics section of “The Environmental Nexus” and guest lecturing in an ethics and engineering course deeply rewarding. The LSR seminars, the postdoc meetings, and individual interactions provided strong support and, from my perspective, the UCHV remained a rich and stimulating community through the challenges. Although my time as a UCHV postdoc is ending remotely, I will remember this year fondly and with gratitude as I move to my new position as an assistant professor at the College of Charleston.

Postdoctoral Research Associates in Cognitive Science of Values The Cognitive Science of Values Postdoctoral Fellowship supports promising scholars with a background in cognitive science or a related discipline whose research focuses on understanding social and/or moral cognition and its implications for normative theories.

Corey Cusimano My second year at the UCHV

primarily involved tying off my first research program and starting up a new one. I published a paper on people’s lay ethics of belief and wrote several new papers building off this work. One paper investigates how people’s internalized norms of belief guide their own belief formation. Another paper, “Reconciling Scientific and Commonsense Values to Improve Reasoning,” reviews recent developments in epistemology, cognitive science, and people’s lay ethics of belief and draws connections between these disciplines. I wrote another paper about how people judge whether someone else is able to change their mind, which builds off of insights from the “reason responsiveness” literature. This work was made possible by the UCHV’s focus on interdisciplinary research, as well as the generous feedback and advice from Renée Bolinger, Sarah McGrath, and Michael Smith. One highlight from this year was assisting Andrew Chignell with his course, “The Ethics of Eating.” It was a joy to get to know the Princeton students and to learn from Andrew’s considerable skill and talent as an educator. I also loved getting to know the new cohort of postdocs through the seminars and meetings facilitated by the inimitable Kim Lane Scheppele.

Emily Foster-Hanson Despite the unusually difficult circumstances, my first year as a member of the UCHV community was overwhelmingly positive. I conducted a series of studies exploring why people sometimes come to believe that patterns in nature reflect how things in the world ought to be (e.g., judging that zebras ought to have stripes). We found that these “is-ought” judgments about biological kinds are embedded in people’s explanations and folk theories about why the patterns exist in the first place (e.g., because stripes benefit zebras by providing camouflage). I will be presenting this research at two international conferences this summer, the Cognitive Science Society and the Society for Philosophy and Psychology. We also began working on a related project examining how people’s beliefs about functions and natural order relate to “mommy shaming,” or normative judgments of parents. I was fortunate to receive helpful feedback from the UCHV community when I presented on this project earlier this


Annual Review 2020-21

year. My work this year was greatly enriched by the many stimulating UCHV events and seminars, and I also participated in the inaugural year of Princeton’s Research Data Stewardship Program.

Postdoctoral Research Associates in Philosophy and Religion The postdoctoral position in the Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion (PPPR) supports highly promising scholars who are trained in the philosophy of religion, the religious thought of some historical period or culture, theories and methods in the study of religion, or related areas, in developing a research agenda in philosophy of religion broadly construed. The fellowship is a joint endeavor of the UCHV, the Department of Philosophy, and the Department of Religion.

which is tentatively titled “From the Final End to the Best Effect: God, Evil, and the Origin of Utilitarianism.” The book offers a new account of the origin of utilitarianism, which highlights the central role of theology. I am just now completing a full manuscript, which I will send out for review over the summer. As part of the Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion, I organized a weekly working group for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in philosophy and religion. I also contributed to the planning and execution of two conferences. In the fall, I had the opportunity to teach a course, “Ethical and Scientific Issues in Environmental Policy,” with Peter Singer and David Wilcove. In addition to the valuable teaching experience, I learned a lot about the topic, and I plan to do some writing this summer inspired by the course. I am also an affiliate fellow of the Princeton Center for the Study of Religion, and I participated in a weekly Religion and Public Life Workshop. Finally, I am grateful to the UCHV for the flexibility that allowed me to spend many hours in the fall managing my children’s virtual learning.

Alexander Englert

Ryan Darr Despite the many challenges, this was an enjoyable and productive year. I spent most of my research efforts completing a book manuscript,


My first year at the UCHV has been wonderful. I published two articles. One is forthcoming at Inquiry and analyzes how practical ideals in Kant’s philosophy can function without adding redundancies into his moral theory. The

other appeared in Teaching Philosophy and details a pedagogical tool I developed for small group discussions. Thanks to the resources and people at the UCHV, I was able to complete two further papers over the course of the year, both currently under review. One details the conceptual origin of the term “worldview” in Kant and Fichte’s thought. I received terrific feedback on it from the PPPR workshop; I was also invited to present it (virtually) at the Freie Universität in Berlin. The other paper reconstructs an overlooked argument of Kant’s for the immortality of the soul based on our evaluations of human value, which I presented to UCHV’s postdoc seminar. My next project, which I’ve begun researching, explores the ethical and religious dimensions of Kant’s final, posthumous work, the “Opus Postumum,” a portion of which I just presented at the first Princeton-Rutgers Philosophy of Religion Incubator Conference. Beyond research, a highlight of this year was leading a group of seniors who wrote theses for the Values and Public Life certificate. I’m

Supporting Research

very much looking forward to the fall, to more normalcy, and to another year in the UCHV community.

Elizabeth Li I am very thankful for my first year at the UCHV. Despite the extraordinary circumstances, the UCHV’s welcoming and supportive environment enabled me to start work on two larger tasks: firstly, beginning to turn my dissertation — a new Kierkegaardian account of philosophy and theology’s relationship — into a monograph. Secondly, conducting preliminary research for a new project on the value of difficulty in Kierkegaard and the social philosopher Gillian Rose, which I presented at the Warwick Continental Philosophy Conference and UCHV’s postdoctoral seminar, greatly benefiting from everyone’s feedback and perspectives. I also published an article on an overlooked Kierkegaard text challenging unequivocal, objective knowledge, and I submitted an article on an unexpected source for existential thought.

Participating in the UCHV’s many seminars and the workshops Religion and Critical Thought and Religion and Public Life has been an invaluable source of learning and enrichment. I’m so grateful to faculty, fellow postdocs, and doctoral students for generously sharing their ideas and expertise. A particular highlight was serving as workshop leader for seniors in the Values and Public Life program. Finally, I’ve enjoyed participating in and organizing events for the Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion, including co-running a Kierkegaard reading group. I’m excited to be part of the PPPR and its growing community.

titled “Molinism: Explaining Away Our Freedom” was accepted for publication in Mind. I also completed an initial draft of a paper titled “‘All Things Considered’ Reconsidered” arguing against objective categorical normative obligations, and I delivered talks based on it in several venues. Beyond writing, in the spring I led a weekly reading group on theological method focused on Jeff Speaks’ book “The Greatest Possible Being,” participated in a seminar on Jc Beall’s book “The Contradictory Christ,” helped to organize a joint series of colloquia with the Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion, participated in a debate on the problem with evil aimed at Princeton undergraduates with Jim Sterba (University of Notre Dame), and organized the PrincetonRutgers Philosophy of Religion Incubator Conference, which was designed with short sessions to help participants develop new ideas into papers.

Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellows Daniel Rubio My second year as a postdoc in the UCHV saw several research projects yield fruit, with my paper “Intrinsically Good, God Created Them” accepted for publication in Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion and named a runner-up for the 2021 Sanders Prize in Philosophy of Religion. In addition, a joint paper with Nevin Climenhaga of the Australian Catholic University

These fellowships, made possible by a gift from Laurance S. Rockefeller ’32, are awarded to Princeton graduate students with distinguished academic records who show great promise of contributing to scholarship and teaching about ethics and human values. Fellows participate in an interdisciplinary research seminar throughout the year. In the 2020-21 academic year, the seminar was convened by Kim


Annual Review 2020-21

Lane Scheppele, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values and the 2020-21 acting director of Early-Career Research.

make it more compact, and clarify the argumentative and narrative arc. During the past year I was also able to complete three draft chapters of my dissertation, and another draft chapter is in progress. The GPF seminars provided a much-welcome respite from the isolation imposed on us all by the lockdowns. I benefited much from the professional development workshops as well. In closing, I would like to express my deep gratitude to the UCHV and especially to Kim Lane Scheppele and Kim Murray.

Min Tae Cha The past year as a Graduate Prize Fellow (GPF) at the UCHV was immensely rewarding and profitable. I was able to make significant progress in my dissertation, tentatively titled “Presbyterian Visions of Global Order, c.1830-1880.” In this work, I examine the various ways in which religion was at once shaped by and, in turn, influenced constitutionalism and imperialism. I presented a draft chapter, “An Imperial Church and Its Discontents: Colonial Representation and Jurisdiction in the Church of Scotland, 1833-1846.” The feedback and comments from the seminar leader, Kim Lane Scheppele, and fellow GPFs were crucial in helping me think about the “bigger picture,” about how to make my work speak to a wider audience. As a result, I was able to revise the structure of my dissertation to


to present that chapter at three conferences and at the Department of History’s Modern Europe Workshop. I also revised two other dissertation chapters and worked on two other projects. These other projects, the first on the political rights of children, the second on captive-taking by the French military in 19th century Algeria, were both presented at conferences this year. My time as a Graduate Prize Fellow was invaluable to the development of my dissertation and of these other projects. I received incredibly helpful feedback from Kim Lane Scheppele and my colleagues in the Graduate Prize Fellow seminar. Learning about the work of the other fellows was both interesting and helpful for my own development. I am grateful for the opportunity to make so much progress on my work, receive professional guidance and engage with other excellent scholars.

Théophile Deslauriers My year at the UCHV was very rewarding. During the year, I made progress on my dissertation, which explains how the anxieties of Victorian thinkers about including the masses in political institutions relate to their views about civilization, history, and empire. I presented a chapter of the dissertation, “The Greeks and the Goths: Radical Critiques of Victorian Civilization,” to the Graduate Prize Fellow seminar. I was also able

Elizabeth Durham My Graduate Prize Fellowship has been one of my most exciting and rewarding experiences at Princeton to

Supporting Research

date. I am deeply grateful to the UCHV for this opportunity, especially amidst the turbulence of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the support of my fellowship cohort and the wider UCHV community, I have made significant progress on my dissertation, which examines how patients in Yaoundé, Cameroon, navigate intersections of psychiatry, Pentecostalism, and political mobilization to craft lives they deem healthy and ethical. Each semester, I have written one dissertation chapter, taking into account the thoughtful feedback I received when presenting my work to the cohort and our wonderful convenor, Kim Lane Scheppele. I have enjoyed both learning about others’ research (even and especially when very different from my own) and learning how to think with others in new ways. During my fellowship, I have also placed a manuscript from my dissertation under review — fingers crossed! — and co-edited a special series of Somatosphere: Science, Medicine, and Anthropology. I had papers accepted at the 2020 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting and the 2021 Society for Psychological Anthropology Biennial Meeting, and have forthcoming work in Anthropology News. With the UCHV’s assistance, I have also gained valuable teaching experience as an assistant instructor for two anthropology courses and as an undergraduate mentor in the Program in Values and Public Life. On the

whole, my time at the UCHV has shown me that some of the most provocative, inspiring discussions are interdisciplinary, and helped me rethink the contours and stakes of my work within anthropology. I look forward to continuing the conversation at, and well beyond, Princeton!

argue that this passive view of individual choice can actually explain why individuals often should contribute to the solutions of collective action problems. I presented my paper, “Against Harmony in Ethics and Practical Rationality,” in the Graduate Prize Fellow seminar and received valuable feedback. The seminar gave me a much greater appreciation of the different methods employed across the humanities and social sciences.

Samuel Fullhart I’m incredibly grateful for my time at the UCHV. Having a year dedicated to research enabled me to write five new papers and send them out to journals. I now have drafts of two chapters of my dissertation and a nearly completed draft of the third chapter. In the last several months, I’ve been able to work out the core ideas of my dissertation. Each chapter explores, in different ways, whether it makes sense to deliberate about matters that you are unable to causally influence, such as the actions of people you have no contact with or events that occur prior to your decision. I defend a view on which everything, including your present choice, should be treated as something that just “happens” to you, and

Gabrielle Girard I am tremendously grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in the GPF program. During a challenging year spent away from campus, it was wonderful to meet and learn from students in other departments across the University. This year, I began writing my dissertation, which studies Argentina’s role in reshaping global human rights during the 1980s and 1990s. I completed a chapter about how “impunity” emerged as a major concern of the human rights movement. In April, I presented the draft to the GPF seminar and received very thoughtful feedback.


Annual Review 2020-21

In particular, the group’s comments and questions have helped me finetune the chapter’s narrative structure and argument. Finally, this year I also co-coordinated the Latin America and Caribbean Workshop in the Department of History. As the year comes to a close, I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the UCHV community. It was fascinating to hear from other fellows about their work, and our regular seminars helped me shift from researching my dissertation to beginning the writing process. The GPF seminar provided invaluable support and encouragement to me this year, and I am looking forward to staying connected with the UCHV in the future.

class unity as a given: They saw differentiation within the working class as an inexorable process that required new theories about how to reconcile different worker interests. The working class was not a homogenous unit that would spontaneously seize political power. Instead, disciplined organization within the economy and politics would elevate workers to a collective consciousness about their common aims. Leaders on the factory floor, in rural peasant villages, and within political parties would play a key role in developing this disciplined organization and collective consciousness. I completed two chapters titled: “Eduard Bernstein on Trade Unions and the Conditions of Machine Production” and “Max Weber on Labor Aristocracies and Voluntarist Socialism.” The first half of my dissertation examines the economic tasks and political structure of the social democratic state, while the second half analyzes liberal and Catholic views of the working class state.

Madeline McMahon Peter Giraudo As a Graduate Prize Fellow this year, I conducted research for my dissertation on “Ideas of the Working Class State in Germany, c. 1850-1950.” The dissertation explores how one’s view of the working class’ sociological nature influences one’s view of politics and state activity. The German thinkers I examined were social scientists who did not take working


My dissertation, “Shepherding a Church in Crisis: Religious Life, Governance, and Knowledge in Early Modern Italy,” traces the history of an idea, episcopacy, as it was lived out and embodied by Italian bishops who sought out new strategies and information to reconcile competing historical, legal, and liturgical traditions in the age of reformations. In reconstructing this history, my project tells the intertwined

stories of how bishops worked to direct human behavior and belief and of how they strove to make sense of their position. My sixth year of my Ph.D. was much enriched by my membership in the UCHV community, particularly in the graduate seminar ably and admirably led (on Zoom!) by Professor Kim Lane Scheppele. I presented both a written section of my dissertation, about the Council of Trent, and gave an oral presentation on the broader topic of my dissertation for the UCHV graduate program fellows. I learned so much from my fellow GPFs, their fascinating projects, and the probing questions they asked. And our meetings outside the seminar shed light on some of the murkier aspects of academia — the job market, the publication process, and much more. The fellowship enabled me to complete my dissertation; I defended it in June 2021 and plan to continue my research as a postdoc at the University of Texas-Austin.

Jade Ngo My experience as a Graduate Prize Fellow has no doubt been one of the highlights

Supporting Research

particularly during this time of isolation.

of my time at Princeton. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, I was able to keep making progress on my dissertation, which is tentatively titled “Structural Injustice and the Duty of the Oppressed,” completing one chapter and moving forward with another. Because the fellowship allowed me to focus solely on my research, I was also able to revise a paper on how resistance restores autonomy and present it at graduate conferences at the London School of Economics and the University of Hong Kong. The most valuable feedback on my work, however, came from my Princeton colleagues. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know other UCHV fellows and their work, and am appreciative of their generous and extensive feedback on mine. The interdisciplinary nature of the GPF seminar allowed me to approach my research from different angles, some of which I had never considered before. Under the kind and excellent guidance of Professor Kim Lane Scheppele, the GPF seminar became a wonderful intellectual community that I am grateful to be a part of,

and the University of Munich). This paper examines the underlying phenomenon that occurs in cases where a dominant group’s perspective comes to dominate a subordinate group’s mental representations of the world. I am particularly grateful for the opportunities provided by the Graduate Prize Fellowship to discuss my work with scholars from interdisciplinary backgrounds; my work has benefited significantly from this.

Joy Shim The UCHV has provided me invaluable support for furthering my research throughout this academic year. “Literary Racial Impersonation,” a paper I presented for the dissertation seminar, has been accepted for publication at Ergo. In this paper, I analyze the aesthetic and moral implications of a narrative work’s failure to express the perspective of a minority ethnic or racial group, ultimately arguing that the primary defect of such works is aesthetic and contingently constitutes a moral defect in our current social context. In addition, I am also preparing a chapter for the Oxford Handbook of Ethics and Art that explores the relationship between ethics and imagination. During this academic year, I have also had the opportunity to present my paper “Perspectival Domination” at several conferences (with generous feedback from audience members at the University of Oxford, the University of Washington, the London School of Economics,

Jordan Starck As a Graduate Prize Fellow, I have completed my dissertation, “Perpetuating Inequality in Pursuit of Diversity,” which experimentally evaluates ways that the most common reasons organizations have for embracing diversity today actually compromise the pursuit of racial equity. Additionally, I have had my first-authored manuscript, “How University Diversity Rationales Inform Student Preferences and Outcomes,” published by the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science; my co-authored manuscript, “Beyond Students: How Teacher Psychology


Annual Review 2020-21

Shapes Educational Inequality,” published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences; and my co-authored commentary, “Perspective Getting in a Democracy,” accepted by Psychological Inquiry. In addition to my service on the Department of Psychology’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s (SPSP) Equity and Anti-racism task force, I have also secured funding and partnered with SPSP and the American Psychological Association to host an antiracist research methods conference that assembled 30 global scholars to make recommendations and pedagogical materials focused on the equitable conduct of psychological science. I have complemented these activities with several invited talks at universities, departments, and various research laboratories, and have secured a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University for the next three years.

this past year. Participating in the GPF program enabled me to make significant progress on my dissertation, which traces the history of rhesus monkey export from South Asia. Over the 20th century, the rhesus monkey became a requisite model of “the human” — deemed essential to research ranging from polio vaccine manufacture to spaceflight contraceptive development. In tracing the history of export, the project explores how scientific knowledge production about human bodies has been entwined with the racialized geopolitics of empire, the Cold War, and postcolonial development. As a GPF, I drafted two chapters and made progress toward a third. The GPF seminar served as a crucial anchor throughout this process. Kim Lane Scheppele brought us together over Zoom with care and energy, facilitating workshops and conversations that helped situate arguments and clarify interventions; I benefited tremendously from presenting work in this thoughtful setting. Thank you to all the UCHV faculty and staff, especially Kim Murray and Regin Davis. I look forward to continuing to learn from fellow GPFs and to engaging with the wider UCHV community in the coming year.

Claudia Yau

Tara Suri I have been especially grateful for the support of the UCHV and the GPF community over


This year, I completed my dissertation, “Wisdom in Plato and Aristotle.” I presented one of the chapters, which was on the political role of wisdom in the “Republic,” in the interdisciplinary GPF seminar and

received extremely helpful feedback. I am deeply grateful to the UCHV for supporting a fruitful year of research and for organizing talks, lectures, and gatherings, which were bright spots and reminders of community in this period of remote work. Among my favorite parts of being a Graduate Prize Fellow was the chance to engage with inspiring graduate students from so many disciplines across the university. Particularly memorable and thought-provoking were the sessions during which we openly reflected on differences in the methods and starting assumptions of our respective fields. In each of these sessions, we benefited from guidance and insights from Kim Lane Scheppele, our GPF seminar leader. I am tremendously grateful to her for her generous mentorship and invaluable advice.



Annual Review 2020-21

Faculty Edward G. Baring Associate Professor of History and the University Center for Human Values

Renée Bolinger Assistant Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values

Andrew Chignell Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Religion and the University Center for Human Values

Christopher L. Eisgruber President of the University; Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values

Johann Frick Associate Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values; Richard Stockton Bicentennial Preceptor

Elizabeth Harman Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values; Director, EarlyCareer Research; On leave, 2020-2021

Javier Hidalgo Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Associate Professor for Distinguished Teaching, Spring 2021


Erika Kiss

Peter Singer

Director, University Center for Human Values Film Forum; Lecturer, Comparative Literature and the University Center for Human Values; On leave, Fall 2020

Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values

Melissa Lane Director, University Center for Human Values; Class of 1943 Professor of Politics; On leave, 2020-2021

Anna Stilz Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values; On leave 2020-2021

Executive Committee

Stephen Macedo

Melissa Lane

Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values; Chair, Tanner Committee on Human Values; Interim Director, Program in Values and Public Life

Director, University Center for Human Values; Class of 1943 Professor of Politics; On leave, 2020-2021

Victoria McGeer Senior Research Scholar, University Center for Human Values; Lecturer, Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values

Christia Mercer Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching, 2020-2021

Philip Pettit Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of the University Center for Human Values

Kim Lane Scheppele Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values; Acting Director of Early-Career Research

Michael Smith McCosh Professor of Philosophy; Chair, Committee on Film Studies; Acting Director, University Center for Human Values

Edward G. Baring Associate Professor of History and the University Center for Human Values

Charles Beitz Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics; Director, Program in Political Philosophy

Sandra Bermann Cotsen Professor of the Humanities; Professor of Comparative Literature; Acting Director, Fung Global Fellows Program

Renée Bolinger Assistant Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values


Lara Buchak

Jan-Werner Müller

Professor of Philosophy

Roger Williams Straus Professor of Politics

Andrew Chignell Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Religion and the University Center for Human Values

Alan Patten Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Politics; Chair, Department of Politics

Johann Frick Associate Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values; Richard Stockton Bicentennial Preceptor

Philip Pettit

Eric Gregory

Kim Lane Scheppele

Professor of Religion; Chair, Council of the Humanities; Director, Program in Humanistic Studies; Director, Stewart Seminars in Religion

Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values; Acting Director of Early-Career Research

Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of the University Center for Human Values

Elizabeth Harman Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values; Director, EarlyCareer Research; On leave, 2020-2021

Tania Lombrozo Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Psychology; Associate Chair, Department of Psychology

Stephen Macedo Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values; Chair, Tanner Committee on Human Values; Interim Director, Program in Values and Public Life

Victoria McGeer Senior Research Scholar, University Center for Human Values; Lecturer, Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values

Peter Singer Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values

Anna Stilz Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values; On leave 2020-2021

Laurance S. Rockefeller University Preceptor Anna Arabindan-Kesson Assistant Professor of Art and Archaeology and African American Studies; Laurance S. Rockefeller University Preceptor

Faculty Associates Anna Arabindan-Kesson Assistant Professor of Art and Archaeology and African American Studies; Laurance S. Rockefeller University Preceptor

Elizabeth M. Armstrong Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs; Head of Butler College

Leora Batnitzky Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies; Professor of Religion; Director, Program in Judaic Studies

João Biehl Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology

Amy Borovoy Professor of East Asian Studies

Lara Buchak Professor of Philosophy

Michael A. Celia Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director, High Meadows Environmental Institute

Jonathan D. Cohen Robert Bendheim and Lynn Bendheim Thoman Professor in Neuroscience; Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience; Co-Director, Princeton Neuroscience Institute


Annual Review 2020-21

Alin Coman

Sophie Gee

Thomas Kelly

Associate Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs

Associate Professor of English; Associate Chair, Department of English

Professor of Philosophy

Gregory Conti Assistant Professor of Politics

Nathaniel Daw Huo Professor in Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience; Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology

Matthew Desmond Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology

Mitchell Duneier Professor of Sociology; Chair, Department of Sociology

Robert P. George McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence; Professor of Politics; Parliamentarian; Director, James Madison Program

Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs

Susan Fiske Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology; Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs

Paul Frymer

Joshua Kotin Associate Professor of English

Regina Kunzel

James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor; Professor of African American Studies; Chair, Department of African American Studies; Director, Program in African American Studies

Doris Stevens Professor in Women’s Studies; History and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Ilyana Kuziemko Professor of Economics

Harvey Lederman Jonathan C. Gold Associate Professor of Religion; Director, Center for Religion and Society

Assistant Professor of Philosophy; Jonathan Edwards Bicentennial Preceptor

Thomas C. Leonard Lars O. Hedin

Edward Felten

Joanna and Greg Zeluck ’84 P13 P18 Professor in Asian Studies; Professor of East Asian Studies

Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Karen Emmerich Associate Professor of Comparative Literature; Director, Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication

Martin Kern

George M. Moffett Professor of Biology; Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the High Meadows Environmental Institute; Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Scholar, Council of the Humanities

Sarah-Jane Leslie Dean of the Graduate School; Class of 1943 Professor of Philosophy

Simon Levin Grace Helton Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Professor of Politics

James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Brooke Holmes Daniel Garber A. Watson Armour, III, University Professor of Philosophy

Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities; Professor of Classics

Tania Lombrozo Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Psychology; Associate Chair, Department of Psychology

Mark Johnston Sheldon Garon Nissan Professor in Japanese Studies; Professor of History and East Asian Studies


Henry Putnam University Professor of Philosophy; Director, Program in Cognitive Science

Douglas Massey Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs


Anne McClintock

Guy Nordenson

Paul Starr

A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies

Professor of Architecture

Sarah McGrath

Professor of English

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Serguei Oushakine

Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs; Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs

Helen V. Milner

Professor of Anthropology and Slavic Languages and Literatures

Dara Z. Strolovitch

Stephen W. Pacala

Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies

Jeff Nunokawa

B.C. Forbes Professor of Public Affairs; Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs; Director, Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance

Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Associate Professor of Classics

Benjamin Morison Professor of Philosophy; Director, Program in Classical Philosophy

Townsend Martin, Class of 1917 Professor of Sociology

Dan-el Padilla Peralta

François Morel Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor of Geosciences and the High Meadows Environmental Institute, Emeritus; Senior Scholar

Frederick Wherry

Imani Perry Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies

David S. Wilcove Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs and the High Meadows Environmental Institute

Deborah Prentice Provost; Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Office of the Provost

Robert Wuthnow Gerhard R. Andlinger ’52 Professor of Social Sciences; Professor of Sociology

Gideon Rosen Naomi Murakawa Associate Professor of African American Studies

Stuart Professor of Philosophy; Chair, Department of Philosophy

Martha A. Sandweiss Alexander Nehamas Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities; Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature

Professor of History

Esther Schor Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Professor of American Jewish Studies; Professor of English

Rob Nixon

Harold T. Shapiro

Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment; Professor of English and the High Meadows Environmental Institute

President of the University, Emeritus; Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs


Annual Review 2020-21

Advisory Council


Danielle Allen ’93

Melissa Lane

Erika Kiss

James Bryant Conant University Professor; Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University

Director, University Center for Human Values; Class of 1943 Professor of Politics; On leave 2020-2021

Eric Beerbohm *08

Michael Smith

Director, University Center for Human Values Film Forum; Lecturer, Comparative Literature and the University Center for Human Values; On leave, Fall 2020

Professor of Government, Harvard University

McCosh Professor of Philosophy; Chair, Committee on Film Studies; Acting Director, University Center for Human Values

Benjamin Cogan ’12 Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Hubble Contacts

Bert Kerstetter ’66

Andrew Lovett

Assistant Director

Professional Specialist, Music; Acting Director, University Center for Human Values Film Forum

Wayne Bivens-Tatum Executive Director, Humanities New York

Library Liaison to University Center for Human Values

Stephen Macedo Julie Clack

Henry Richardson Professor of Philosophy; Senior Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University

Communications Strategist; Editor, Annual Review

Dawn Disette Administrative Assistant

Mark Rockefeller ’89 Founder and Chairman of Legacy Connect/ThatHelps

Assistant Manager, Shared Services, Financial Support Services

Regin Davis President, Everfast, Inc.

Sara Ogger *00

Tawana Lewis-Harrison

Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values; Chair, Tanner Committee on Human Values; Interim Director, Program in Values and Public Life

Kimberly Girman Faculty Assistant/Program Event Coordinator

Kimberly Murray

Nancy Groll

Andrew Perhac

Communications Support

Technical Support Specialist

Elizabeth Harman

Kim Lane Scheppele

Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values; Director, EarlyCareer Research; On leave, 2020-2021

Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values; Acting Director, EarlyCareer Research

Program Coordinator

Debra Satz Vernon R. and Lysbeth Warren Anderson Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science, Stanford University

Laurie Skoroda Events and Office Coordinator


Copyright © 2021 by The Trustees of Princeton University In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity

Nondiscrimination Statement In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal, state, and local laws, Princeton University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran in any phase of its employment process; in any phase of its admission or financial aid programs; or other aspects of its educational programs or activities. The associate provost is the individual designated by the University to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title IX, Section 504 and other equal opportunity and affirmative action regulations and laws. Questions or concerns regarding Title IX, Section 504 or other aspects of Princeton’s equal opportunity or affirmative action programs, should be directed to Michele Minter, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity, Princeton University, 205 Nassau Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544 or 609-258-6110. Further, inquiries about the application of Title IX and its supporting regulations may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.


Phillip Unetic, PHOTOGRAPHS BY

Abigal Starr David Kelly Crow Tori Repp / FotoBuddy Frank Wojciechowski Felix Yu


Marx Hall Princeton, New Jersey 08544