A vibrant interdisciplinary community of scholars, students, and practitioners dedicated to understanding the moral challenges of our time and creating scholarly frameworks, policy, and practice to address them.
Ehsan is a Teaching Fellow and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. Holding master’s degrees in architecture and religion, his work examines the religiosity of non-religious architecture. He draws on urban projects recognized by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture to show how spatial practices function in the construction of religious subjectivities. Ehsan has received recognition from institutions such as the University of Miami, Dumbarton Oaks’s Mellon Initiative, and the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute. His work has been published in the American Academy of Religion’s Reading Religion, Maydan, CLOG, and WIT Press. Ehsan also serves as a Graduate Fellow at the Parr Center for Ethics.
Dana Adcock is a rising junior majoring in environmental science and policy and is involved on campus with DukeEngage, Bass Connections, Hoof ‘n’ Horn, Me Too Monologues and Duke Puppy Kindergarten. She is excited to be working with the Kenan Institute and her hometown on this project.
Kenan Refugee Project Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Maha Ahmed is a postgraduate fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She works closely with the Kenan Refugee Project and provides support to the Mastery and SuWA refugee outreach programs. She is an Arizona native and holds a BA in international comparative studies and Arabic from Duke University (T’18).
Raymond Allen (he/him/his) is an Indigenous American scientist who grew up on his tribe’s reservation in Northern Wisconsin, and is a PhD candidate in the Duke Biology Department. Ray’s research focus is on early embryo development, and is minoring in Science & Society. Outside of lab, he is heavily involved in inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism (IDEA) in STEM as a BioCoRE Scholar, through Duke’s SACNAS chapter, and the Biology graduate student IDEA committee. Feel free to follow his Instagram (@ray.l.allen) or Twitter (@Ray_L_Allen) to see his posts on science outreach, and Native & LGBTQIA+ topics!
E’81, P’13, is a Transportation Safety Consultant with over 30 years of experience in design, development, verification and validation of industrial software-based systems. He is a runner, a biker, a husband, and a dad.
Moran Anisman-Razin works with the Bass Connections project on the prevention of sexual misconduct on university campuses. Her research focuses on leadership, courage, and gender in organizations. Originally from Israel, Moran holds a BA in psychology and sociology and anthropology from Tel Aviv University, and a PhD in organizational and social psychology from bar Ilan University.
Aydin Anwar is a senior majoring in International Comparative Studies. She was a part of Project Change, Kenan Ethics, Leadership, and Global Citizenship focus, Team Kenan, the Kenan Summer Fellowship, and Supporting Women’s Action, SuWA. As an ethnic Uyghur, Aydin revolves much of her passions around advocacy for the Uyghurs of Chinese occupied East Turkestan. She is interested in media, human rights, Uyghur politics, China, and Islamic Studies. She is also deeply involved in the Muslim community, currently serving as the President of Duke Muslims’ Student Association. In her spare time, Aydin enjoys baking and having deep conversations about faith.
Dan Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics at the Fuqua School of Business, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Economics Department and Senior Fellow in the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. As a behavioral economist, he studies how people actually act in the marketplace, as opposed to how they should or would perform if they were completely rational. His work has been published in leading psychology, economics, and business journals, and he serves on a number of editorial review boards. Dan recently wrote a general audience book on behavioral economics entitled Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions. He is also a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tel Aviv University, a master’s and doctorate degree in cognitive psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a doctorate in business administration from Duke University. He is currently working on a new book titled Dining Without Crumbs: The Art of Eating Over the Sink.
Jacquie is a 2nd year Masters of Public Policy student at the Sanford School of Public Policy. She has 9 years of experience working as a community organizer on climate, environmental, and energy policy. She graduated from Eckerd College in 2010 with a degree in Environmental Studies. She’s worked to organize young people around climate change at the Southern Energy Network, mobilized voters for local, state, and federal elections while working at the NC Sierra Club, and most recently on energy policy and poverty at the NC Justice Center. Jacquie hopes to pursue a concentration in social policy while at Sanford.
Professor of History, Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies
Vice Provost, Interdisciplinary Studies
Ed Balleisen's research and writing explores the historical intersections of law, business, politics, and policy in the modern United States, with a particular focus on the origins, evolution, and impacts of the modern regulatory state. His most recent book, Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff (Princeton University Press, 2017) received the 2018 Ralph Gomory Prize from the Business History Conference.
Since 2015, he has served as Duke’s Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, working with university-wide institutes and initiatives to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary research, teaching, and engagement. In this capacity, he oversees Bass Connections, an innovative program that supports interdisciplinary, problem-centered research teams involving faculty, graduate students, and undergrads. He is also the lead co-PI on Duke’s “Versatile Humanists” project, funded by a Next Generation Implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He received his BA from Princeton University and his MPhil and PhD from Yale University.
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Fouad is a founding partner of CIC Partners and has been with CIC and its predecessor since 1999. CIC Partners is a private equity firm that invests in growth-oriented middle market companies primarily in the food and restaurant industries. CIC manages the personal capital of its investment team and operating partners, who are successful CEOs and entrepreneurs, and seeks to partner with owner/operators, founders, and management teams. He began his career at The Boston Consulting Group. He is a former trustee of the Alcuin School in Dallas, TX and previously served on the Duke Annual Fund Advisory Board. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Dr. Jennifer Bashour and their two children.
Alexandra Bateman is a graduating senior from St. Louis, Missouri. She is majoring in Visual Arts and pursuing minors in Creative Writing and Philosophy. Alexandra’s involvement with Kenan began during her first year when she was a member of Kenan’s FOCUS Program: Ethics, Leadership, and Global Citizenship. This year, Alexandra is working on a Graduation with Distinction animated project that will combine her interest in ethics and medicine with her artistic skills. In her free time, she enjoys growing her burgeoning vinyl record collection and hiking through beautiful NC state parks.
Gabrielle Battle is a second-year student from Oakland, California, majoring in Public Policy. She is deeply passionate about racial justice and has worked to advocate for marginalized communities, both in her hometown and at Duke. On campus, she is involved in the Black Student Alliance's Advocacy and Caucasus Committee, and she recently served on the Presidential Council on Black Affairs. She also serves as a research assistant for the Last Child Project at the Kenan Institute, as well as a research assistant at the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law School.
Sara Kate Baudhuin is a rising Trinity Junior from Charlotte, NC. She is majoring in a Program II titled "Storytelling as a Tool for Social Change" that explores the ethics of storytelling and how narrative intersects with public policy.
Stephen Bear (Emeritus) T’73, s an Executive Coach and Business Adviser, faculty member at the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and former Senior Vice President of human resources at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Charles Bell T’82, P’18, is Senior Vice President for the Louis Berger Group’s economic and institutional development market. He oversees economic growth (policy reform, microfinance, SME development), governance (decentralization, municipal services), community development (small scale infrastructure) and planning programs (resiliency, regional development) in transitional economies around the world. He has experience with USAID, DFID, DFAT, World Bank, and regional development banks.
Angela Bischof is a third-year PhD student in the Philosophy department. She holds a BA in Philosophy and a BA in Psychology from New Mexico State University. Her research concerns the moral standing of nonhuman animals. Specifically, she is focused on the cognitive abilities important for morality and whether or not animals have any of these abilities. This research approach led Angela to examine the relationship between rationality and morality. By examining the intersection of animal psychology, what it means to be moral, and what it means to be rational, she hopes to answer the following questions: “To what extent are animals worthy of moral consideration?” and “Are animals ever capable of acting morally?”
Erin Blanding is a first year from Indian Trail, North Carolina studying biology. She participated in the Kenan Institute’s Project Change preorientation program and is interested in both science and human rights. Erin is also a member of the Chronicle newspaper and volunteers with Duke’s Puppy Kindergarten. In her free time, she enjoys trying new foods and reading interesting books.
Hannah Borenstein is a 3rd year PhD student in the department of Cultural Anthropology. Her research is about the everyday lived and embodied experience of young women working in Ethiopia to gain a foothold in the global economy of running. Running economy – a multi-faceted physiological measure in sports science to determine how much energy an athlete uses to travel a certain distance at a certain speed – is used as a lens to explore how women value, and change the valuation of, their bodies, always linked to the political economy of the global athletics market. Histories of racist biologism in athletics and a growing interest in sports science within Ethiopia shape relationships that young female runners have with their bodies, which are also negotiated in relation to coaches, international agents, officials, and fans. Her project takes as its central concerns the frictions emerge as young athletes move - bodily, economically, spatially, temporally - that are premised on the idea of running toward something better.
Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School
Professor Bretherton’s primary teaching interests are theological ethics, Christian political thought, missiology and practices of social, political and economic witness. Before joining the Duke faculty, he was Reader in Theology & Politics and Convener of the Faith & Public Policy Forum at King’s College London. Prior to that he was Director of Studies of the South East Institute for Theological Education (University of Kent), which prepared Methodist, Reformed, and Anglican ministers for ordination. He has worked with a variety of faith-based NGOs, mission agencies and churches around the world, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe.
His first book, Hospitality as Holiness: Christian Witness Amid Moral Diversity (Ashgate, 2006) explores the church’s response to moral pluralism in critical dialogue with Alasdair MacIntyre’s moral philosophy and develops a constructive, theological response to the issues identified using euthanasia and the hospice movement as a case study. As well as academic articles published in journals such as Modern Theology, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Studies in Christian Ethics, he writes in the media (including The Guardian, The Times and The Huffington Post) on topics related to religion and politics. From 2006-2011 Bretherton was reviews editor for the journal Political Theology. His other previous work has focused on faith-based organizations, the church’s involvement in social welfare provision, the treatment of refugees, and fair trade. This was drawn together in Christianity & Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). When living in the United Kingdom, he was actively involved in politics as part of London Citizens, a broad-based community organization, and had a role advising the Conservative-Liberal government on strengthening civil society.
His current areas of research focus on the intersections between Christianity, grassroots democracy, globalization, responses to poverty, and patterns of inter-faith relations. His book Resurrecting Democracy: Faith, Citizenship and the Politics of a Common Good (Cambridge University Press, 2015), draws on a three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project for which he was principal investigator (2008-2011).
Analese is a senior from Gray, Georgia studying Political Science with certificates in Ethics & Society (Experiential track - Rethinking Regulation) and Information Science and Studies. She is passionate about studying the intersection of technology and regulatory policy, law, and ethics. Analese has participated in Kenan’s Ethics, Leadership, and Global Citizenship FOCUS program, the 2016 Alternative Spring Break trip to Tucson, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico, and the Pursuit of Purpose program. On campus, Analese serves as Chief Justice of the Duke Student Government Judiciary, Co-President of the Duke Low Income and Student Engagement group, and a representative for Dukes & Duchesses. In her spare time, you can find Analese cooking and baking on a budget, writing yelp reviews for restaurants, watching bad romantic comedies, or reading about castles.
Jack Brooks is a 5th-year PhD candidate in clinical psychology. She researches strategies for improving the effectiveness of digital health interventions, in order to improve access to healthcare and reduce health disparities.
Elizabeth Brown is a fourth year Ph.D candidate in art history working under the advisement of Dr. Kristine Stiles, France Family Distinguished Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. She studies contemporary art and visual culture in the United States. Her dissertation explores artist Theaster Gates’ social and architectural collaborations and interventions, particularly his non-profit ReBuild Foundation, established in 2010, which is an extension of his Chicago-based studio practice in all media.
She received her B.A. in Art History from Manhattanville College, New York. She completed her M.A. in Art History from Hunter College, New York. There she wrote her master’s thesis on the disorienting late eighties and early nineties installations of L.A.-based artist Mike Kelley (1954-2012) and New York-based artist Cady Noland, focusing on the contradictions and hypocrisies of American culture, which their art brought to light. Before entering the doctoral program at Duke, she held positions at the Guggenheim Museum and The Studio Museum in Harlem in New York.
Emma Cairns is a sophomore from Glasgow, Scotland. She is both a patriotic and globally minded individual interested in how culture and exposure to different cultures plays into an individual’s intersectional identity.
Jeremy Carballo is a junior double majoring in public policy and political science with a concentration in normative political theory. On campus, he is involved in GANO and the Chronicle Editorial Board. He is currently a John M. Belk Fellow for the Hunt Institute where he works on educational equity policy. His research interests include structural Marxism, federalism, and amnesty for undocumented childhood arrival immigrants. After college, he plans on attending law school and focusing on constitutional law, or obtaining a masters in international affairs.
Andrew is a Master of Management Studies student at Fuqua focusing on Management and Technology. His research focuses on understanding more about the role that religion and theology play in refugees' attitudes toward work, to advise policymakers on how to better integrate refugee populations into local economies. Andrew has a bachelor's degree from Duke in economics with a minor in history and a certificate in Jewish studies.
Bo Carlson is a junior from Charlotte, NC, studying political science and economics. His interests include international governance, trade, and human rights. In addition to his position at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Bo contributes to the Alexander Hamilton Society, works as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Econ 101, and serves on the exec board of the Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit. In his free time, Bo enjoys learning about languages and listening to Broadway soundtracks.
Dr. Casarella’s primary field of study is systematic theology followed by world religions and world church. He was appointed to the faculty of Duke Divinity School as of July 1, 2020. Formerly, he was an associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame from 2013-2020 and served as director of the Latin American North American Church Concerns (LANACC) project in the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. He served as professor of Catholic Studies from 2007-2013 at DePaul University, where he was also the founding director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. He has published ninety-one essays in scholarly journals or books on a variety of topics including medieval Christian Neoplatonism, contemporary theological aesthetics, intercultural thought, and the Hispanic/Latino presence in the U.S. Catholic Church. He served as president of The American Cusanus Society, The Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the U.S. (ACHTUS), and the Academy of Catholic Theologians (ACT). He is currently serving a second five-year term on the International Roman Catholic-Baptist World Alliance Ecumenical Dialogue and served also on the Roman Catholic-World Communion of Reformed Churches Dialogue.
He has published a monograph, Word as Bread: Language and Theology in Nicholas of Cusa (2017) and a collection of his own essays, Reverberations of the Word: Wounded Beauty in Global Catholicism (2020). He has also edited or co-edited: Cuerpo de Cristo: The Hispanic Presence in the U.S. Catholic Church (1998), Christian Spirituality and the Culture of Modernity: The Thought of Louis Dupré (1998), Cusanus: The Legacy of Learned Ignorance (2006), A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (2011), and, most recently, The Whole is Greater than its Parts: Ecumenism and Inter-religious Encounters in the Age of Pope Francis (2020). He is currently working on a book titled: The God of the People: A Latinx Theology.
Carolyn Chen is a senior from Blue Bell, Pennsylvania majoring in Statistics with a dual minor in History and Finance. She has been involved with Kenan since participating in Project Change her freshman year, and later the Pathways of Change program. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking and reminiscing with her senior friends.
Eric Cheng is a PhD candidate in Political Science, specializing in Political Theory. His research contributes to a better understanding of the problems and possibilities of liberal democracy. He is currently working on his dissertation, entitled Hanging Together: A Liberal Democratic Theory of Political Friendship for Troubled Times. It argues for the importance of political friendship in liberal democratic societies. Specifically, the dissertation (1) argues that liberal democracies must take political friendship seriously in order to avoid the destabilizing consequences of excessive polarization and (2) thinks seriously about how political friendship might be reinforced. Beginning with an interpretation of Aristotle’s classic articulation of political friendship, the dissertation considers different ways in which political friendship might be realized in contemporary liberal democratic contexts: ‘political friendship as conceptual metaphor,’ ‘constitutional patriotism,’ ‘liberal nationalism.’ Through these conversations, the dissertation develops an understanding of what sorts of people citizens must be and what sorts of relations they must share, if stability is to be cultivated in a manner consistent with the core commitments of liberal democracy. A Canadian, Eric holds a A.B. in Government and Philosophy from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Legal and Political Theory from University College London.
Jared is a PhD Candidate in Political Science studying the political dynamics of contemporary antiracist behavior. More specifically, his dissertation attempts to offer an empirical account of how antiracism operates under racial capitalism, focusing specifically on the ways in which the neoliberal order conditions antiracist behaviors among white Americans who classify themselves as “progressive” Democrats. In so doing, he attempts to situate the concept of antiracism in political economic, rather than attitudinal terms. Jared received his BA in Political Science from Louisiana State University, and his MA in Elections and Campaign Management from Fordham University.
Kenneth Close T’81 is CEO and Founding Partner of The Quincy Group, a government affairs, strategic communications and business development firm that specializes in Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries. He has more than 30 years of investment banking, private equity, international business development and government relations experience.
Madeleine is a senior from Reston, VA majoring in Public Policy Studies with a certificate in Human Rights and minor in History. At Duke, she has tailored her academic trajectory to understanding how to advance human rights at the intersection of community empowerment, immigration, law, data, and technology. Following college, she hopes to attend law school and work towards developing the underexplored field of data privacy, accountability, and regulation while continuing to empower Latinx communities across the country. In her free time, you can either find her salsa dancing or choreographing for Duke Sabrosura’s Latin dance team, singing with Duke Deja Blue a capella, writing poetry, listening to the Daily, or meditating. She is so excited to be a part of the Rights Writers team and have the opportunity to delve deeper into an increasingly relevant topic as technology bounds forwards at an ever exponential rate, leaving so many questions surrounding the ramifications for human rights.
William Cohan T’81, is New York Times bestselling author of “Money and Power,” “House of Cards” and “The Last Tycoon,” former Managing Director of JP Morgan Chase, and former Director at Merrill Lynch. He worked as a Senior Wall Street M&A Investment Banker for 17 years at Lazard Frères & Co., Merrill Lynch and JPMorganChase. He has written for The Financial Times, The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Atlantic, The Nation, Fortune, and Politico.
Doriane Coleman is a Professor of Law at Duke Law School, where she specializes in interdisciplinary scholarship focused on women, children, medicine, sports, and law. Her recent work has centered on sex, including its evolving definition and its implications for institutions ranging from elite sport to medicine and, of course, to law. A first article in this series, Sex in Sport , is at 80 LAW & CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS 63-126 (2017), and a second, Re-affirming the Value of the Sports Exception to Title IX's General Non-Discrimination Rule, is at 27 DUKE J. GENDER L. & POL’Y 69 (2020). She is currently working on a third article on Sex in Medicine and a book project called Sex in Law.
A regular teacher of Torts, Coleman is co-author of the first-year casebook Torts: Doctrine and Process (2019). She is also co-director of the Law School’s Center for Sports Law and Policy, a faculty affiliate of the University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and the History of Medicine, and the Center for Child and Family Policy. Her recent cross-campus projects include co-leading a Bass Connections team on Cheating, Gaming, and Rule Fixing: Challenges for Ethics Across the Adversarial Professions (2018-19), and directing the program Head Trauma in Football: Implications for Medicine, Law, and Policy (2018).
Coleman received her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown Law (1988), and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University (1982). She was a litigation associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering before beginning her academic and teaching career at Howard University School of Law. While she was at Wilmer, she worked on the development of the world’s first random, out-of-competition drug-testing program for what is now USA Track & Field, a project which led to her years-long engagement with the Olympic Movement’s anti-doping efforts.
Before law school, Coleman ran the 800 meters in collegiate and international competition, where she was a multiple All American, All East, and All Ivy athlete, the U.S. National Collegiate Indoor Champion in 1982, the U.S. National Indoor Champion (with teammates) in the 4 x 400 meters relay in 1982, and the Swiss National Champion in 1982 and 1983. Over her athletic career she competed for Villanova, Cornell, the Swiss and U.S. National Teams, Athletics West, the Santa Monica and Atoms Track Clubs, and Lausanne Sports.
Associate Director for Evaluation and Assessment | The Purpose Project
Alexandra Cooper serves as Associate Director for Evaluation and Assessment within the Purpose Project. She supports the Project in making question of character, purpose and meaning signature features of the Duke community by gathering evidence about the Project's programs and their effects and by working with Project team members to examine and understand what that evidence shows us about what the Project does and can accomplish.
Prior to joining the Purpose Project she worked at Duke's Social Science Research Institute, first as its Administrative Director and subsequently as its Associate Director for Education and Training. She has guided and directed a wide range of collaborative educational programming and services and devoted effort to a wide range of research projects, supporting both quantitative and qualitative data collection, management, analysis, and reporting. Prior to coming to Duke, she held faculty positions at Lafayette College and the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. She holds a B.A. in Political and Social Thought and in French from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
Elsa is an intellectual historian concentrating on Spain and its possessions in the Renaissance and Enlightenment. Her dissertation explores how changes in the definition of public happiness accompanied the rise of absolutism in Spain. Originally from Chicago, Elsa has a BA in Latin American studies from Bennington College and an MA in Ibero-American history from Duke. Her other interests include twentieth-century French, German and Brazilian philosophy, medieval theories of pedagogy, and women’s writing in contemporary Latin America. She has published or presented papers on all these topics. Her dissertation research took her to Madrid and to Mexico City on a Fulbright-Hays grant, and she is now Bass instructional fellow and Capper fellow at Duke. In her spare time, she likes exploring walking routes of Durham with her dog Ivo and listening to music, most recently Hamilton Leithauser's new live album.
Jessica Covil is a PhD Candidate in English at Duke, pursuing graduate certificates in African & African American Studies and Gender, Sexuality, & Feminist Studies. Her work explores myth, motherhood, and feminist praxis in contemporary works--especially those that center care and create more just ways of being through poetic "openings." A poet herself, she enjoys reading at local open mics, and her poems have been published in SWWIM Every Day, What Rough Beast, Whale Road Review, Rise Up Review, The Maynard, and One Hand Clapping.
Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology
Michaeline Crichlow is professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology and a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She is interested in projects related to citizenship, nationalism, and development mainly in the Atlantic and Pacific regions. Current projects are focused on the sorts of claims that populations deemed diasporic make on states, and how these reconfigure their communities and general sociocultural practices. One project, “Governing the Present: Vistas, Violence and the Politics of Place” examines the quests for place and freedoms among populations in the Caribbean, Pacific, and South Africa. She is also interested in development’s impact on social and economic environments, and the way this structures and restructures people’s assessments of their spaces for the articulation and pursuit of particular kinds of freedoms. She is an associate research fellow on a project called 50:50 at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. Her publications include Globalization and the Postcreole Imagination: Notes on Fleeing the Plantation (July 2009).
Mackenzie Culp is a first-year student from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She intends to major in sociology in order to pursue her interest in the study of racial and gender hierarchies, as well as Spanish and Portuguese. At Duke, Mackenzie is a member of The American Experience FOCUS cluster, the Black Student Alliance, DukeLIFE, and the David M. Rubenstein Scholars Program and hopes to become involved with more student organizations in less abnormal semesters.
Farr Curlin is a hospice and palliative care physician who joined Duke University in January 2014. He holds joint appointments in the School of Medicine, including its Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine, and in Duke Divinity School, including its Initiative on Theology, Medicine and Culture. He works with Duke colleagues to foster scholarship, study, and training regarding the intersections of medicine, ethics, and religion.
After graduating from medical school, he completed internal medicine residency training and fellowships in both health services research and clinical ethics at the University of Chicago before joining its faculty in 2003. His empirical research charts the influence of physicians’ moral traditions and commitments, both religious and secular, on physicians’ clinical practices.
As an ethicist, he addresses questions regarding whether and in what ways physicians’ religious commitments ought to shape their clinical practices in a plural democracy.
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Rishi Dasgupta is completely undecided on what he wants to study, but he tells people he is a prospective neuroscience major. He loves cooking and trying new things, and his best friend is his golden retriever, Luna.
Meghna is a rising sophomore from Madison, Wisconsin, pursuing a Program II major on the pre-medical track that explores perceptions of aging and dying and their subsequent impacts on healthcare quality and access. She hopes to delve deeper into the intersection of ethics and end-of-life care during her time at Duke and beyond, and in her free time loves to play violin, read good books, and explore new places.
Eva Herbst Davis T’87, P’20, is the Co-Chair of the Global Private Equity Practice at the law firm of Winston & Strawn. For more than 20 years, Eva has advised her clients on U.S. and cross-border complex business transactions with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions and private equity.
Ali works as an analyst at Decode_M, an insights and strategy firm based in NYC. In this role, she uses a diverse mix of datasets to help companies overcome complex challenges and accelerate their momentum. Ali graduated from Duke with a bachelors degree in Psychology and Global Health. As a senior, Ali was a part of the the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct Bass Connections - a Kenan led initiative.
Tom DeGeorges is responsible for planning giving programs to fund Institute priorities and managing all development for the Institute, including individual, foundation, and corporate giving. He holds a BA in history from Brooklyn College; he earned his MA and PhD degrees from Harvard University.
Tessa Delgo is a second-year student from Dunedin, Florida. She intends on double majoring in Psychology and Cultural Anthropology. At Duke, she is an editor for the Recess, the Arts & Culture section of The Chronicle, and works with the Community Empowerment Fund.
Stephen and Janet Bear Visiting Lecturer and Kenan Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics
Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke Law School
From 2007-2013, she worked as the founding program manager for Data Privacy Day, a globally recognized event designed to raise awareness about privacy and create mechanisms for dialogue, collaboration and privacy solutions among nonprofits, academics, businesses and government entities. Dellinger has worked as a privacy lawyer at Intel Corporation, at The Privacy Projects, and at the National Cyber Security Alliance.
Prior to working for Intel, Dellinger worked as a staff attorney for Judge W. Earl Britt in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (1998-2007), as a Bristow Fellow in the Solicitor General’s Office in the U.S. Department of Justice (1994-95), and as a clerk for Judge Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1993-94). She has also practiced at law firms in Washington, D.C. and North Carolina, and taught Family Law at Duke Law School and Legal Writing at UNC School of Law. Dellinger received her BA in English from Columbia University (’89) where she also focused on Religion and Women’s Studies. She received her JD from Duke Law School (‘93), where she graduated Order of the Coif and was an editor on the Duke Law Journal. and her MA in Humanities/Women’s Studies from Duke University (’93).
Derek Deng is a first-year student from Los Angeles, California, majoring in Public Policy and Visual and Media Studies. On campus, he’s a staff columnist at The Chronicle, and is involved in Blue Devils United and Duke Impact Investing Group.
Juliette Duara is a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Duara’s research interests include investigating the viability of human rights as an ethical system for the 21st century, comparing U.S. federal and state governmental responses to perceived conflicts between religious freedom and women’s and LGBTQ persons’ rights to equality, as well as probing gendered implications of human rights violations. Duara’s publications include a book entitled Gender Justice and Proportionality in India: Comparative Perspectives, published by Routledge in 2018 as part of its “Advances in South Asian Studies” series and an article on “Religious Pluralism, Personal Laws and Gender Equality in Asia: Their History of Conflict and the Prospects for Accommodation” in the Asian Journal of Comparative Law (2012). Duara has a BA in History from Whitman College, an MA in Asian Studies from Stanford, a JD from the University of Chicago Law School, and a PhD in Law from the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law.
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Emily Dubie is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Religion, with a focus in Christian ethics. Her research examines the moral perplexities and emotional fatigue of providing care within bureaucratic settings. She is especially interested in how Christian social workers draw upon religious beliefs and practices as they distribute social services across asymmetries of power. Emily received a MTS from the University of Notre Dame in moral theology and a BA from Saint Anselm College in international relations.
Emily Durham is the founding Program Director of the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement Program (ACE). She graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in English and completed her master’s degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from Pomona, she spent a year on a Fulbright Fellowship in Hongseong, South Korea, teaching English in a public elementary school while living with a host family and volunteering at a local youth center. Before coming to ACE, Emily worked for over five years at DukeEngage managing faculty and staff-led international and US-based programs and directing the DukeEngage in Seattle program. A North Carolina native and former student-athlete, Emily loves continuing to discover new places in N.C. from the beach to the mountains, cooking Korean food, and spending time outdoors. She’s made it her goal to attend every athletic competition offered at both schools at least once!
Headquartered at Duke University, Emily oversees all administrative and programmatic functions of the ACE program with substantial input from her counterparts at Stanford University.
Crystal E. Peoples is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Duke University. Her research focuses on trends and consequences of racial and gender inequality in higher education, with a particular interest in the role of social networks in perpetuating these inequalities. She has published work in The American Behavioral Scientist, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, and The International Journal of Contemporary Mathematical Sciences. She completed a B.S. in Mathematics from Longwood University in 2012 and an M.S. in Sociology with graduate minors in Mathematics and Statistics from Iowa State University in 2015.
Lamb Postdoctoral Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Meredith Edelman is a PhD candidate with RegNet, the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University. Before beginning her studies, Meredith was a corporate restructuring lawyer in Los Angeles, California.
Antwaine Ellison is a first-year student from Newark, New Jersey, intending to major in Psychology and GSF (Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies). He’s passionate about Black and LGBTQIA+ youth receiving mental health services. He is also a Cardea Fellow, where he takes coursework to prepare him for his future profession.
Sara Evall is a senior from Los Angeles, California. Sara is a Program II major in Refugee and Migrant Studies, and is currently working on her thesis, which is about how Iraqi and Syrian refugees in Jordan imagine their futures and how their imaginations are impacted by governance. She created her major by drawing on her passions for human rights and social justice as well as her time spent in Kenan’s Ethics, Leadership, and Global Citizenship focus, DukeEngage Dublin, and DukeImmerse: Deconstructing/Reconstructing the Refugee Experience. Sara also cares deeply about her involvements with the Kenan Refugee Project and Supporting Women’s Action, SuWA. Outside of Kenan, Sara is involved in Peer Advocacy for Sexual Health (PASH) and the Sexual Assault Prevention Taskforce (SAPT). In her spare time, she likes to read, pet dogs, watch Game of Thrones, and spend time with friends and family.
Kate is a junior from Chatham, New Jersey. She is majoring in public policy with minors in history and sociology. She also volunteers as a Launch Lab mentor at Kenan. Kate is interested in restorative justice because it focuses on addressing harm rather than ineffective punishment. Last summer, Kate conducted research on the juvenile justice system in New Jersey, so she is especially interested in the power of restorative justice in juvenile justice spaces. She is excited to help spread restorative justice on campus and build stronger communities!
Allison Falls is a first-year student from Richlands, North Carolina, intending to major in Biology. She is passionate about the cross-section of medicine and racial justice. She is involved with Duke LIFE, the Cardea Fellows Program for students pursuing a health-related career, and Camp Kesem, a group that supports children through and beyond their parent's cancer.
Amanda Farrell is a fourth-year medical student who is passionate about women’s health, health equity, and global health. She is originally from the West Indies but moved to New York when she was nine. An aspiring OB-GYN, she is especially interested in how racial disparities affect outcomes in women’s health.
Alina is a sophomore from Sunnyvale, California studying biology and statistics. At Duke, she is interested in applying quantitative analyses to scientific inquiry and conducts developmental biology research in the Sherwood Lab.
Christian Ferney oversees university-wide ethics initiatives, ethics curriculum development, and the KIE alumni network. In a previous role, he managed many of the Institute’s co-curricular programs, such as Team Kenan and Project Change. A native of Portland, Oregon, he has lived in Durham since 2003. He holds a BA in sociology from Linfield College and an MA (2005) and PhD (2009) in sociology from Duke University.
Georgina Fierro Keene, PA-C, MHS, grew up in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, across the border from El Paso, Texas. She came to Durham to attend the Duke Physician Assistant Program and stayed in the area after marrying one of her classmates (Mike). Georgina has worked in women’s health locally for over two decades, most recently in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Duke. She did her undergraduate studies at Stanford University and received a Master of Health Science from Duke. While in Divinity School, Georgina is continuing in her role as Clinical Services Director at Pregnancy Support Services of Durham and Chapel Hill, a local Christian nonprofit.
Idalis is a senior from Memphis, Tennessee studying Psychology, and she is currently applying for graduate school in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. She has been involved with Kenan since her sophomore year after participating in the DukeImmerse: Deconstructing/Reconstructing the Refugee Experience. Idalis is interested in the intersection of public health, child development, and communication and how these areas influence society. Outside of class, Idalis serves as President of The Girls’ Club, a mentorship organization for middle school girls in Durham Public Schools, and a bible study leader. In her spare time, you can find Idalis learning how to cook, doing pilates, and having deep conversations with her closest friends.
Kishan Gandham is a rising sophomore majoring in Public Policy and Political Science interested in social justice, human rights, and activism. Through his work with Kenan’s Citizenship Lab, the Community Empowerment Fund, and America Reads/America Counts, he is excited by explorations of how people and their stories can lend themselves to dialogue within communities, something he hopes to do with this project as well.
Alejandro is a second-year Mechanical Engineering and Material Science MS student with an emphasis in Aerospace Engineering. His research interests are in Fluid Mechanics, Structural Dynamics, Vibrations, and Energy Harvesting. He is a TA for both a Leadership and Management course and Business Ethics course. He has a BS in Astrophysics and Physics from the University of Georgia.
Bryce Gessell is a fifth-year PhD student in the philosophy department, studying the relationship between the mind and the brain. His ethical work investigates characterizations of mental illness from both psychiatric and neurological perspectives, with a focus on how diagnostic categories drive decision-making in medical ethics as well as in the allocation of research funding.
Maya Ghanem is a freshman from Thousand Oaks, California with interests in the intersection of energy, environment, politics, and healthcare. She aspires to empower populations that are disproportionately affected by climate change both on an individual and systemic level.
Iris is a third-year Art History Ph.D. student specializing in contemporary Middle-Eastern art. Her dissertation examines maps, mappings, and spatial subversions in the artworks of contemporary women Middle-Eastern artists. She is interested in exploring the intersections of gender, race, migration, and cartography.
Eric Gim is a current sophomore from Fullerton, California. He is intending to major in Economics with a Concentration in Finance, with a double minor in Political Science and Korean. He's passionate about the intersection between racial and economic inequality—especially in its role in influencing access to educational opportunities for marginalized communities. At Duke, Eric is an intern with the Nasher Museum of Art as well as a representative in Quad Council.
Ale is a junior from Miami, FL. She is studying Public Policy and Education with plans to teach after graduation (in Durham hopefully!) before doing a master’s in education policy. She’s interested in restorative justice work because she’s used it in classroom settings – such as this summer while teaching at StudentU, Durham based education nonprofit – and can attest to the fact that it changes the dynamic in the community and the relationships that are fostered. She believes restorative frameworks acknowledge people’s agency and freedom, strives to create authentic, inclusive communities, and repairs harm in a way where multiple perspectives are involved. She hopes it continues to spread into more classrooms so that we aren’t tearing down our students, but building up supportive, understanding communities of learners.
Ruth Grant is professor of Political Science and Philosophy and Senior Fellow in the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. She specializes in political theory with a particular interest in early modern philosophy and political ethics. She is the author of Strings Attached: Untangling the Ethics of Incentives, John Locke’s Liberalism, and Hypocrisy and Integrity: Machiavelli, Rousseau and the Ethics of Politics, and the editor of In Search of Goodness, and Naming Evil, Judging Evil. Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals with audiences in several fields, including political science, medicine, law, education, economics, and philosophy. She has received fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Humanities Center. She earned her BA and PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.
Ada Gregory develops a variety of KIE programs related to student life and community engagement, runs the DukeEngage in New York program, and facilitates faculty involvement in projects across the Institute's portfolio. Ada graduated from Duke (BA/MA) and went on to work at the state and local levels for 20 years influencing policy and practice related to victims' rights, violence against women, and criminal justice reform. She returned to Duke in 2006 and worked in several capacities, including as director of the Duke Women’s Center and chief administrator for the university’s signature institutes and initiatives, before joining the Kenan Institute for Ethics in 2018.
Michael Grigoni works with faculty leads and graduate students on a range of the Institute’s programs and initiatives, from the Religions and Public Life initiative to the Lab for Social Choreography. He also teaches courses for undergraduates, including The Challenges of Living an Ethical Life. With research interests spanning Christian ethics, political theology, and ethnographic theology, his current project develops a Christian ethics of handgun ownership that emerges from ethnographic fieldwork he carried out with Christian handgun owners and Christian anti-gun violence activists in North Carolina. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Western Washington University, an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington, an MTS in Theology from Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD in Religion from Duke University.
Sunrita Gupta is a rising junior from Atlanta, Georgia majoring in Economics and minoring in Statistics and German. She is very interested in exploring the implications of economic and social phenomena such as gentrification, which is why she chose to spend the summer working as a Housing Intern at the Community Empowerment Fund!
Professor of History, Political Science and Religion and Director of the Religions and Public Life initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics
Malachi H. Hacohen – Bass Fellow and Professor of History, Political Science and Religion – is Director of the Religions and Public Life initiative at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and member of the faculties of Slavic and Eurasian, German and Jewish Studies. He teaches intellectual history and Jewish European history, with his research interests focusing on Central European social theory, political philosophy, and rabbinic culture. Hacohen writes on the Central European Jewish intelligentsia, on nation state vs. empire in Jewish European history, and on Jewish–Christian relations. He has paid special attention to science and culture in Vienna, to the international networks of European Jewish émigrés, and to trans-Atlantic Cold War liberalism. His Jewish European history is both traditionally Jewish and cosmopolitan European.
Hacohen's book Karl Popper - The Formative Years, 1902-1945 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000) won the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the AHA and the Victor Adler- Staatspreis (Austrian state-prize). He has published essays inthe leading journals of European and Jewish history and in several important collections. His book Jacob & Esau:Jewish European History Between Nation and Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2018) is a profound account of two millennia of Jewish European history which, for the first time, integrates the cosmopolitan narrative of the Jewish intelligentsia with that of traditional Jews and Jewish culture. The book uses the biblical story of the rival twins Jacob and Esau, and its subsequent retelling by Christians and Jews through the ages, as lens through which to illuminate changing Jewish-Christian relations and the opening and closing of opportunities for Jewish life in Europe.
Hacohen received the Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship from the ACLS, as well as of Fulbright, Mellon, and Whiting fellowships and a number of teaching awards. He was a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in 2016-17, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto in 2006-07, the National Humanities Center in 2002-03, and the IFK (Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften) in Vienna in 2001. He is a coordinator of the Triangle Intellectual History Seminar (Duke, NCSU, UNC, and Wake Forest University) and the North Carolina Jewish Studies Seminar. He has served on the editorial board of several professional journals, as well as on the international board of the House of History – Austria, the Vienna International Summer University, the IFK, and the Adler and Vogelsang Austrian State Prize jury. Most recently, he has led an international research initiative on Empire, Socialism and Jews, with a series of conferences in Vienna and Duke University
He received his BA from Bar Ilan University (Israel) and his MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia University.
Vice Chair of the Anti-Corruption Group and a Managing Partner for Legal Personnel at Covington & Burling LLP
Jennifer Hainsfurther Saperstein '05 is a partner in the Washington DC office of Covington & Burling LLP, where she serves as vice chair of the Anti-Corruption Group and a Managing Partner for Legal Personnel. Jennifer's practice focuses on advising clients on compliance issues arising under anti-corruption laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"). Jennifer also leads cross-cutting compliance projects to help companies build and improve their compliance programs across areas of regulatory expertise, and conducts internal investigations on issues related to workplace culture, diversity, and inclusion. Jennifer was recognized by Law360 as a 2020 "Rising Star" in Compliance.
Hadeel Hamoud is pursing a double major in Political Science and International Comparative Studies with a concentration on the Middle East. She plans to attend law school after graduation and, more broadly, continue working on issues related socio-economic inequities among marginalized communities.
Visiting Scholar and Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.
Geoffrey Harpham is a Visiting Scholar and Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He was trained as a literary scholar, but has worked in a wide range of fields within the humanities. His abiding concerns have been ethics and literary study, the concept of language, the work of Joseph Conrad, and, more recently, a variety of issues relating to educational theory and practice, especially the humanities. His more recent books are Language Alone: The Critical Fetish of Modernity, The Character of Criticism, and The Humanities and the Dream of America. He is the co-author, with M. H. Abrams, of A Glossary of Literary Terms. From 2003-15, he was the director of the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park.
102 West Duke Building
Laurence R. Helfer is an expert in international law whose scholarly interests include interdisciplinary analysis of international law and institutions, human rights, and international intellectual property law and policy. He is co-director of Duke Law School’s Center for International and Comparative Law.
Prior to joining the Duke Law faculty in July 2009, Helfer was a professor of law and director of the International Legal Studies Program at Vanderbilt University Law School. He has also taught at Harvard Law School, Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, Princeton University, and the University of Chicago Law School. He is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and the Journal of World Intellectual Property. Helfer has authored more than 70 publications and has lectured widely on his diverse research interests, which also include international litigation and dispute settlement and lesbian and gay human rights. He is the coauthor of Human Rights and Intellectual Property: Mapping the Global Interface (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Human Rights (2d ed., Foundation Press, 2009); and the monograph “Intellectual Property Rights in Plant Varieties: International Legal Regimes and Policy Options for National Governments” (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, 2004). His articles have appeared in leading American law reviews, including the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, and Duke’s Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems, as well as in numerous peer-reviewed and international law journals.
Helfer holds a JD from New York University, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was articles editor of the New York University Law Review. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from Princeton University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University. He served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Before beginning his academic career, Helfer practiced with the New York law firm of Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinksy & Lieberman, P.C., focusing on international law, intellectual property litigation, and civil liberties.
Pamela Hendrickson (Board Vice Chair) T’82, P’15, P’19, is COO and Vice Chairman of Strategic initiatives for The Riverside Company, a global investment firm with more than $6 billion in assets. As COO, she manages a number of teams, including deal origination and fundraising, and as Vice Chairman she oversees the development of new initiatives and supervises the Riverside Strategic Capital Fund and Riverside Credit Solutions. She also sits on the Riverside Investment Council, which considers investments across Riverside’s strategies.
Teig Hennessy is currently a junior at Duke University. As a Linguistics and French major he is a lover of words and literature and alternate realities (the third is unrelated to the first two). He has weak ankles but a strong spirit, which he puts into everything he does, be it his work at Kenan, stories he writes as a member of the Franklin Humanities Institute Storytelling Fellowship, and improv, as he is a member of Duke University Improv, or DUI. He also loves the “Paris” flavor of tea in the break room.
Angel Heredia is a sophomore from Chicago majoring in Public Policy and pursuing a certificate in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He is a Rubinstein scholar, a former Duke soccer walk-on, and has always been interested in cosmology.
Alice B. Hicks WC’69, P’07, is founder and retired Executive Vice President of Iridian Asset Management LLC, which is dedicated to independent research, investment rigor and the mitigation of risk by investing in companies undergoing significant corporate change. She began her career on Wall Street at the Irving Trust Company rising to Vice President. A partnership at the investment advisory firm of David J. Greene & Co. followed, and then Senior Vice President at Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder, Inc., a New York investment bank. Alice is currently a Commissioner of the Kent, CT Planning and Zoning Commission, board member of the Land Trust and Treasurer of the Country Club. She resides in Connecticut with her husband, Jim, and has two sons, James Byron, Jr. (A.B.’07) and Daniel Franklin.
Zachary is a Sophomore from Los Angeles, CA studying Environmental Sciences and Policy and Neuroscience. On campus, he is a volunteer for the Duke Puppy Kindergarten, a Duke tour guide, and participates in various activities through Jewish Life at Duke. Zach is interested in how RJ can be used in Duke policy guidelines in addressing harm scenarios on campus, as well as spreading the process throughout Duke in order to create a more diverse RJ community.
Jerry G. and Patricia Crawford Hubbard Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience (2012-2017)
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Sciences
Scott Huettel has focused his research career on the process of decision-making and neuroeconomics. In so doing, he has bridged the natural and social sciences, leveraging the methods of psychology, economics, neuroscience, physiology, and genetics to understand how people think and interact. He has developed an array of courses in psychology, such as “The Study of Consciousness” and “Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” and been a regular professor in the FOCUS program. He has advised more than 20 undergraduate independent studies and/or graduation with distinctions projects.
Shin-fung is a PhD student in Religion (World Christianity) at Duke University. As a native Hongkonger and a Methodist, his current research focuses on the development of Methodism in Hong Kong and China. His area of interest also covers the intersections of Christianity and migration, diaspora study, and Hong Kong study.
Kelly Hunter is a Ph.D. student with a concentration in political science at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Hunter’s research lies at the intersection of gender and international relations. Her current project frames access to family planning and reproductive health as a global public good and a human rights issue. Hunter investigates the impact of the US’s “Global Gag Rule” (a policy aimed at restricting abortions by limiting US foreign aid funding for family planning) on 1. Other donor countries’ family planning aid contributions and 2. Women’s outcomes in the recipient country (specifically: health, education, and labor force participation outcomes). Her research touches on a number of broader ethical themes, including the role of the US in promoting human rights norms, the implications of US hegemony and policies on the actions of other countries, the prospect of international cooperation for providing global public goods, and the security consequences of demographic shifts, such as a youth bulge.
Ali is a sophomore from Dallas, TX. She is studying Biology and African American Studies, with hopes of attending law school and working in criminal justice reform. Through her work with Kenan, she hopes to assist many factions of the Duke community in community building and promote unity on campus. As a part of the RJ committee on the Sexual Assault Prevention Team on campus, she is also working to incorporate RJ practices to address harm within the Greek community. When she isn’t doing schoolwork or participating in campus organizations, Ali likes to read, hike, and listen to music.
Carolyn Huynh a junior from Dallas, Texas, and is an alumna of Project Change. She is considering co-majoring in Global Health and Neuroscience and is interested in the field of integrative medicine. You can usually find her drinking coffee at Vondy, watching Worth It Buzzfeed videos, or doing both at the same time.
Isabel is a senior majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Security, Peace, and Conflict Studies. On campus, she is involved in the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, runs the Duke Moot Court team, and competes with Duke Debate. Last Summer, Isabel interned at the Institute for the Study of War. She is originally from Detroit, Michigan and plans to move to DC to work in foreign policy after graduation. Isabel speaks Romanian and French. Her blog posts will deal with the intersection of post-conflict reconstruction and human rights through a series of case studies on effective and ineffective models of ethnic and sectarian power sharing
Gautam is a rising sophomore in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences pursuing majors in Public Policy and Economics. Outside of the classroom, he loves music and sports and is interested in issues of economic and political justice.
Alexia Jackson is a first-year student from Centennial, Colorado, intending on majoring in Political Science and Public Policy. On-campus she is involved in the American Futures Institute, where she leads projects centered around elections and democracy, and is a member of Business Oriented Women.
Juan is a freshman from West Jefferson, North Carolina studying Biology and Ecology. He has participated in the Kenan Focus Program, as well as with Launch Lab (formerly known as Mastery). Juan is interested in a variety of topics, including but not limited to the representation of minorities in literature and pop culture, wildlife biology and diversity and music. He is also a member of the Duke University Marching Band. Outside of academics, he enjoys listening and playing music, exploring Durham, watching YouTube and reading.
Tara Jean Weese is currently a Ph.D. student in the Duke University Philosophy department and a J.D.-L.L.M. (International and Comparative Law) student at Duke Law. Tara's research interests are primarily in political and legal philosophy. More specifically, she is interested in victims' issues and victims' rights, the role of the adversarial system in determining the role of victims, victims of human rights abuses and international criminal law, and feminist philosophy pertaining to sexual assault. She also has an interest in restorative justice, reparations, and nonconventional methods of dispute resolution for serious harms.
Ayanna Jessica Crystal Legros is completing a Ph.D. in the Department of History at Duke University. Her research focuses on the importance of sound cultures and radio in the lived experiences of Haitians based in the metropoles of Port-au-Prince and New York City during the Duvalier regimes (father and son). She has lived and worked in the Dominican Republic, Spain, Bolivia, and Colombia in the non-profit sector around issues of education, land rights, and racial justice. Through this fellowship, she hopes to gain more clarity about global and local justices issues and has grown tremendously throughout her time in Durham, North Carolina. When she is not conducting research, she is thinking about art history and working on her garden. She is excited to participate in this fellowship and learn from a collective of students across a diverse range of disciplines and fields of study across campus.
Ashil Jhaveri is a rising junior from New Jersey double-majoring in Political Science and Computer Science with a minor in Economics. He is interested in tech policy and data science, and on campus he works with Duke Votes, Duke Political Review, and the Durham Literacy Academy.
JJ is a sophomore from Toronto, Canada, majoring in Economics with minors in Psychology and Sociology. She loves learning about consumer psychology, decision science, and ethical technology. Some of her favourite hobbies include thrifting, cooking and watching crime TV shows.
Katherine Jo works with The Purpose Project, developing and facilitating programs for graduate and professional school students, including the Race and the Professions and GradEngage Fellowships. Her scholarly interests include philosophies of liberal learning, pedagogy for ethical formation, and faculty vocational identity. She has previously worked in career development, undergraduate advising, and faculty development. She holds a BA in Sociology from Harvard University, an MA in Philosophy of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a PhD in Philosophy of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Sarah Jobe teaches, studies, and ministers at the intersection of prisons, Practical Theology, and Biblical Studies. She is particularly interested in the theologies that emerge from within incarcerated life and the theologies that support mass incarceration from the outside. Utilizing Christian theology, black feminist theory, collaborative ethnography, biblical studies, clinical psychology, trauma studies, gender studies, and queer theory, Jobe seeks bodied forms of thinking that have the power to fuel just and liberating practices. As an ordained Baptist minister, Jobe serves as a chaplain at North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women. She also works with Duke Divinity School's Prison Studies Program. Her work appears in Religions, The Journal of Reformed Theology, Teaching Theology and Religion, Sojourners, and Christian Century, and she is the author of Creating with God: The Holy, Confusing Blessedness of Pregnancy. Her current dissertation project is entitled (Ad)ministering God's Yes in a World of No: A Practical Theology of Prison Chaplaincy.
Mari Jørstad provides support for Facing the Anthropocene, a project under the Ethics and Environmental Policy program area. She is originally from Norway and spent a decade in Canada, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in art & art history and political science and an MA in religion before coming to Duke to work toward a PhD studying the Hebrew Bible.
Lauren Katz is the Stephen and Janet Bear Postgraduate Fellow in Ethics at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She is deeply interested in women's and children's rights. She holds a BA in Political Science, a certificate in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and a minor in Women's Studies.
Earlier entries were authored by:
Cece Mercer, Bear Postgraduate Fellow from 2015-2016;
Michaela Dwyer, Bear Postgraduate Fellow from 2013-2015; and
Nathan Nye, a Bear Postgraduate Fellow in 2013-2014.
Entries from August 2012-June 2013 were written by alumna Rachel Revelle.
Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy; Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Judith Kelley is Dean of the Sanford School for Public Policy; Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Political Science; and Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Kelley’s work focuses on how states, international organizations and NGOs can promote domestic political reforms in problem states, and how international norms, laws and other governance tools influence state behavior. Substantively, her work addresses human rights and democracy, international election observation, and human trafficking. Past work has focused on the International Criminal Court, the European Union and other international organizations. Details on her election monitoring project are on the web at Project on International Election Monitoring. Her newest work focuses on the global fight against human trafficking. She is leading a major research project to study the effectiveness of the diplomacy of the United States on human trafficking. She is the PI on a grant from the National Science Foundation for this project. Her work has been published by Princeton University Press, and in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Common Market Studies. Her book, Monitoring Democracy: When International Election Observation Works and Why It Often Fails (Princeton 2012) was “One of Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013” and also received the Chadwick F. Alger Prize, which is awarded by the International Studies Association to recognize the “best book published in the previous calendar year on the subject of international organization and multilateralism.”
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Durham, NC 27708-0120
Chris Kennedy is a PhD candidate in Political Science, specializing in political theory. He is interested in the political significance of the internet, especially with respect to controversies over the uses and abuses of information technology. The suspicion that the advent of the internet marks a qualitative change in the development of human affairs motivates much diagnosis but little instruction about the contemporary political moment. It is one thing to recognize new appearances to old problems, and another to regard technological change as potential guidance to different answers. Are there normative implications to recent advances in information technology? In his dissertation, Chris examines three ethical debates about the proper uses of the internet in a liberal democratic society. Each controversy reflects a basic disagreement about the appropriate domain of the public sphere: whether to accommodate electronic forms of civil disobedience, to treat digital information as intellectual property, or to sanction the act of leaking. For each issue, he engages with the work and writings of contemporary political activists—whose software development functions as a tool for political dissent—as well as canonical authors in the American political tradition, whose views about the maintenance of a liberal democratic society were tacitly shaped by their understanding of previous periods of technological change.
Kevin Kiley is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology with interests in culture, quantitative methods, and social theory. His research focuses on developing tools to measure culture and adjudicating theories of attitude and behavior change over the life course. In particular, he studies the social and cultural forces that lead to attitude stability over time, as well as how attitudes relate to each other. He has an MA from the University of Chicago and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alexander Kirshner's research cuts across democratic theory, comparative politics, and constitutional law. His book A Theory of Militant Democracy: The Ethics of Combating Political Extremism investigates the paradoxical ethical dilemmas raised by antidemocratic opposition to democratic government. His current research explores the intellectual history and practice of legitimate opposition and the competition between religious parties in contemporary Egypt and Tunisia. Alex was an undergraduate and doctoral student at Yale, and he completed an MPhil in political thought and intellectual history at Cambridge. He also spent a few years as a management consultant and as a fellow at a foreign policy think-tank in Washington, D.C.
Chris is a junior from Rome, GA. He is a history major and chemistry minor following the pre-health track. He is interested in the ways that the humanities can be included in spaces they are traditionally not addressed, such as medicine. He already uses restorative justice for community building in his organizations, and looks forward to exploring ways it can be introduced into student groups’ policy for addressing harms caused by members.
Michael Kliën is a choreographer and artist whose work has been situated
around the world. Widely considered as one of Europe’s most notable thinkers in contemporary choreography
today, he has been commissioned by leading institutions such
as Ballett Frankfurt, Martha Graham Dance Company, New Museum, PS122,
Volksoper Wien, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Hayward Gallery, and ZKM. As
Artistic Director/CEO of Daghdha (2003—2011, Ireland), he developed a distinct
movement aesthetic as well as influential concepts of politically engaged
choreography, performance, and dance. He received a PhD from the Edinburgh
College of Art in 2009 and, as a committed teacher, has been lecturing about his
findings at leading academic and non-academic institutions. After living in Greece
for five years, he became Associate Professor at Duke University (North Carolina)
in 2017 and inaugural director of the MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary
Praxis in 2018. In 2019 he founded the Laboratory for Social Choreography.
Kliën’s artistic practice encompasses interdisciplinary thinking,
critical writing, curatorial projects, and, centrally, choreographic works
equally at home in the Performing as well as the Fine Arts. Michael Kliën’s
choreographies are predominantly dance-based works of art, situated in on
stage, galleries or alternative spaces. Increasingly, visual artworks form part of
his choreographic output, yet other creations may act directly upon the social
sphere (Social Choreography). His choreographies for dance are marked by a
highly sophisticated improvisation methodology and the subsequent movement
Amongst a considerable body of work, Michael Kliën’s seminal
choreographies include Einem for Ballett Frankfurt, Sediments of an Ordinary
Mind for Daghdha Dance Company (Limerick), Choreography for Blackboards for
Hayward Gallery (London), Slattery’s Lamp for IMMA’s (Irish Museum of Modern
Art) permanent collection and State of the Union for New Museum/Martha
Graham Dance Company (New York). Solo-exhibitions include IMMA (Dublin) and
Benaki Museum (Athens).
Justin is a junior from Irvine, CA majoring in Public Policy and minoring in History and Statistics. In his studies at Duke, he has explored deeply the relationship between race and national origin and their effects on human rights and the distribution of policy outcomes. In his spare time, Justin is heavily involved in the music scene at Duke. He is a cellist in the Duke Symphony Orchestra and also produces Hip-Hop/House music for Small Town Records. Upon graduating, Justin hopes to pursue a career in corporate social responsibility.
Taimur Kouser is a first year Masters student in the Bioethics & Science Policy program. He graduated in May 2020 from Harvard University with a joint degree in neuroscience and philosophy and a language citation in Modern Standard Arabic. Taimur is passionate about the intersections of a variety of fields including medicine, law, ethics, philosophy, and more. He cares deeply about the Muslim community and wants to explore the issues that they face and their roots in more depth and learn how to effectively educate others about them. He is especially eager to address issues through a sociocultural, instead of political, lens. He is looking forward to a year of learning, community building, and growth.
Coleman is a senior from Bronxville, NY double majoring in Economics and Religious Studies. He is also pursuing a certificate in Ethics & Society. Coleman participated in Kenan’s Ethics, Leadership, and Global Citizenship focus and was a Kenan Human Rights scholar.
John Krampf ’69, P’99 earned an AB in economics from Duke and a JD from University of Pennsylvania. He semi-retired as senior counsel for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health in late 2017, after practicing law for ~45 years. John previously served on Duke’s Trinity College Board of Visitors and volunteers with the Duke Annual Fund. He has three children and lives in Longmont, Colorado.
Arvind is a Ph.D Candidate in Political Science at Duke University in the Political Behavior and Race and Ethnic Politics subfields. He received his B.A. in Political Science with honors and distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a co-author of the Oxford University Press Book Deadly Justice: A Statistical Portrait of the Death Penalty and his research also appears in the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, and The Wake Forest Law Review. This work fits within his broader research agenda, where he study the politics of criminal justice in America, focusing on questions of racial inequality and institutional design using causal inference methods.
Alberto La Rosa Rojas is a Th.D. candidate in Duke Divinity School. Alberto’s experience as an immigrant from Peru informs and fuels his research which engages the ethical and theological dimensions of migration and the human longing for home. His work weaves together insights from the reformed theological tradition as well as Latinx theology to think about how migrant’s and citizen/natives can cultivate a flourishing common home.
Erica Langan, along with being a rising junior majoring in Biology and minoring in Linguistics, is also a runner, violinist, writer, and native Cincinnatian. At Duke, she is an undergraduate researcher in the Tata lab, a Huang Fellow, and on the executive board of the American Medical Women’s Association.
Claudia is a senior from Minnesota, studying Sociology and Global Health. She first became involved with Kenan during her first year through the Ethics and Global Citizenship Focus Program, and she continues working with Kenan through SuWA. Claudia also spent the fall semester of her junior year in Jordan studying refugee health and humanitarian action (and eating her weight in hummus and falafel). She loves all things outdoors, and her daily goal is to spread positivity and joy.
Michael is a rising third-year who is majoring in biology and minoring in English. He is originally from Chicago, IL, and he is looking forward to becoming more connected with his local community through this project.
Jason Lee was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be entering his first year of the Daytime MBA program at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He previously worked in the industries of sales compensation and public accounting.
Adriane Lentz-Smith's interests lie in African American history, twentieth-century United States history, and the history of the U.S. and the world. Her 2009 book Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I looks at the black freedom struggle in the World War I years, with a particular focus on manhood, citizenship, and global encounters. More recently, she has been at work on a book tentatively entitled Afterlives: Sagon Penn, State Violence, and the Twilight of Civil Rights. The book looks at dramatic moments of violent encounters between African Americans and the police to explore the role of violence in sustaining and opposing white supremacy in the two decades following the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. She is also interested in how African Americans engaged the world in the age of Cold War civil rights, and how their participation in the project of U.S. state and empire set the horizons of their freedom struggles.
Gabriella (Gabby) Levi is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science with interests in both comparative politics and international relations. Her research concerns public attitudes toward various forms of political violence. Her dissertation focuses on how armed group violence against civilians, governance, and ideology shape civilian support for armed actors in civil conflict. She grew up in Massachusetts and has a bachelor's degree from Columbia University.
Sophia Li is an undergraduate student from Acton, Massachusetts pursuing a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Photography. As someone who values slower living and cherishes the everyday moments in life, she strives to inspire people to pay more attention to their connection to the different people around them and the world we all share.
Leon Li is a fourth-year graduate student in Psychology and Neuroscience working in the Tomasello Lab. Before attending Duke, Leon completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, where he conducted research on language and moral development. For his dissertation research at Duke, he is excited to continue investigating these two topics as well as their intersections, such as how people construct and enact forms of morality using language or how children engage in moral reasoning with other people.
Hengming Li is a first year ECE Ph.D. student working with Professor Maiken Mikkelsen on nanophotonic devices for quantum information. He received his joint undergraduate-master’s degree from Appalachian State University, and worked with Professor Francois Amet on solid state physics research. One fun fact about the research: a rainbow plot in a paper they submitted to Nature Physics ended up on the magazine’s cover page this summer. As a member of the LGBTQ community, he was overjoyed when he received the news.
He got to enjoy a lot of outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, archery, and hiking during his time at Appstate. He also enjoys learning and creating music, as well as experimenting with cooking and baking in his free time. He was a founding member of a student inclusive excellence group at Appstate; so he hopes to gain more knowledge about inclusion, diversity, and racial justice, as well as to connect with other passionate people on the topics via this fellowship opportunity.
Karen Little is a PhD candidate in English and works for the Representing Migration Humanities Lab. Her dissertation examines representations of black American property ownership in twentieth century US fiction and film, especially by black American authors such as Richard Wright, Ann Petry, Octavia Butler, and Gloria Naylor. In service of this project, she researches the history of discriminatory and exclusionary property law in the US, the rights associated with home-ownership, and theorists who imagine a more ethical system of property. Her project is premised on the belief that everybody deserves the protections and comforts of home and also recognizes that this is a tall order without radical systemic change; she suspects that novelists have the most imaginative responses to this conundrum. She has a BA in English, an MA in Secondary Education, and an MA in English from University of Kentucky.
Harry is a Senior from New York City studying Economics and Computer Science. He participated in Project Change which sparked his desire to improve on-campus engagement with the Durham community. At Kenan, he has contributed to TK projects and supported faculty initiatives to promote conversations about contemporary ethical questions on campus. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, studying new languages and playing pick-up basketball.
Antong Liu is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science. Before coming to Duke, he studied at Peking University and received his bachelor degree in International Politics and Sociology. Interested in the ethics of political participation for modern citizens in an imperfect world, he specializes in normative political theory and focuses on the history of political philosophy. Born and raised in Beijing and studying Western political thought in Durham, Antong appreciates cross-cultural dialogue and devotes to it by reading Western political thought from his unique perspective. His dissertation reinterprets the works of three key thinkers of the 18th century, Rousseau, Smith, and Kant. This reinterpretation serves to show how the sense of honor, which is no longer popular in the Western world but remains highly respected in many non-Western societies, could have been a valuable moral incentive for modern citizens living in Western societies to not only stand up to injustice and disrespect but also refrain from themselves becoming unjust and disrespectful.
Ofelia Lopez is a PhD student in the Romance Studies department. Her research focuses on the relationship among race, blackness and literary discourse. Ofelia´s doctoral dissertation, After of the Skin: Representations of Race in Post-independent Cuban Literature, addresses the ways in which race is named and problematized in Cuban literary texts of the Republic, the Revolution and the Special Period. She is also interested in the intersectional relations among history, gender and subalternity.
Maya is a freshman who was born in Denmark but grew up in the Boston area. She is considering a major in International Comparative Studies with a minor in Environmental Policy and a certificate in Human Rights. She is currently in the Ethics, Leadership, and Global Citizenship Focus Cluster where she is involved with Launch Lab through the Kenan Refugee Project. She is also a Green Devil working with the Sustainable Duke office and an executive on the activism committee for the Duke American Sign Language Club. In her free time, you can find Maya out sailing, hiking, or at the rock wall in Wilson Gym. She is excited to be writing about the intersection of immigration and human rights in the United States.
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Director of the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Education & Research Program; Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada)
Chris MacDonald is a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, Director of the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Education & Research Program, and Associate Professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management (Toronto, Canada). He specializes in business ethics: his interests encompass a range of practical and theoretical problems related to ethics in commerce. He is the co-author of the best-selling textbook, the Power of Critical Thinking, 3rd Canadian Edition (Oxford, 2013) and co-author of Business Ethics: Decision Making for Personal Integrity and Social Responsibility (McGraw-Hill, 2014). His articles have appeared in numerous journals, including Business Ethics Quarterly, The Journal of Business Ethics, and Bio Drugs. He is co-founder and co-editor of the Business Ethics Journal Review.
MacDonald is author of The Business Ethics Blog. Due in part to his blogging, he was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” by Ethisphere Magazine in 2008, 2009, and again in 2010. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political studies from Trent University and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of British Columbia. His current research projects include an examination of the use of Twitter to discuss business ethics and an exploration of the social and ethical implications of 21st century manufacturing technologies.
Department of Law & Business
Ted Rogers School of Management
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Marcus Mann is a Ph.D. Candidate in the sociology department. He holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and Masters degrees in religious studies and sociology from Duke. His dissertation uses experiments, interviews, and computational methods to examine misinformation on social media (sometimes called ‘fake news’). He’s particularly interested in partisan asymmetry in its consumption and diffusion, with political conservatives being nearly exclusively responsible for both, and what the broader implications are for how partisans think about truth and knowledge in an increasingly chaotic and polarized news environment.
David is a sophomore from Charlotte, North Carolina studying International Comparative studies with a concentration on Africa. He became involved with Kenan through the Ethics and Global Citizenship Focus Program, and is now involved with other Kenan experiences such as the Living Learning Community and Mastery. Else on campus, he enjoys being a part of Hoof n Horn as well as Duke Quidditch. In his spare time he likes to listen to music and analyze the psychology of horror movies.
Assistant Research Professor of Theological Ethics, Divinity School; Instructor in Population Health Sciences, School of Medicine
Brett McCarty is a theological ethicist whose work centers on questions of faithful action within healthcare. He holds joint appointments in the Divinity School and the School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health Sciences. He is associate director of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at the Divinity School, and he is also a faculty associate of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine. His publications include essays in The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the compilation Spirituality and Religion within the Practice of Medicine. His research and teaching interests occur at the intersections of bioethics, political theology, public health, and theological anthropology. His current research projects focus on competing conceptions of agency within the modern hospital, religious responses to the opioid crisis, and historical and contemporary connections between Christian bioethics and political theology.
Gair McCullough works with undergraduate certificates, Reimagine Medicine, Virtues & Vocations, What Now, and other programs at KIE. Before Duke, she worked in youth ministry, education, and entrepreneurship, always with a focus on youth empowerment and flourishing. Gair earned a BA in English at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain scholar, an MA in Teaching (UNC-Chapel Hill) and an MA in Christian Practice (Duke Divinity School). She starts the day with coffee and Sudoku, and the week with the NYT Sunday crossword.
Kyle Melatti is a sophomore and future public policy and economics double major interested in ethics and ethical decision making as a part of the political process. He currently serves as a Senator for Duke Student Government on the Committee for Durham and Regional Affairs and also has a secondary appointment to the Senate Judiciary Committee. In his free time, he attends talks and presentations offered by the University to learn more about the issues going on in the world and what can be done to help.
Ife Michelle Presswood (Charlotte, NC) is an MFA student in the Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis in Dance Program. Her research, centered at the intersection of Dance, Race and Humanities, aims to investigate the performance of the embodied identities/realities of Black Women Artists and how these embodiments are expressed using art. Through the lens of dance, she analyzes inner and inter corporeality’s of Black Women Artists through choreographic works and curated methodology in order to demonstrate and vivify the need for effective safe spaces (contextualized through misogynoir) and its accompanying attributes: i.e. resources, opportunities, safety/empathy, care and quality training, that allows for valuing, vivification, fluidity and self-autonomy of Black Woman and their artistry.
Erin Collazo Miller works on Virtues & Vocations, an initiative to consider how to cultivate character in professional education. She earned a BA in English at Duke University and studied theology at Regent College.
Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Lecturer, Sanford School for Public Policy
Eric Mlyn is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Lecturer at Duke’s Sanford School for Public Policy. He was the founding Executive Director of DukeEngage and Assistant vice Provost for Civic Engagement. Before that he was the founding director of the Robertson Scholars Program and served on the Political Science Faculty of UNC-Chapel Hill. He is currently the Director of the Certificate in Civic Engagement and Social Change and chairs Duke’s Global Travel Advisory Committee. He collaborates with colleagues across campus on the development and implementation of Project Citizen, which seeks to puts the consideration of citizenship at the center of the Duke experience and the Duke community. His intellectual interests focus on the role of higher education in fostering democracy and working with undergraduates to foster political and civic engagement. He holds a BA in Political Science from Tufts University and PHD in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. During the fall of 2019 he will be a visiting scholar at the Tisch College for Civic Life at Tufts.
Matt Mohn is a first-year student from Houston, TX intending to major in Public Policy with a certificate in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He is passionate about the ways that people’s lived experiences shape the way that communities vote and evolve. At home in Texas, he contributes to anti-gerrymandering campaigns but on campus he is a member of DIRA and Duke Debate.
Danielle Moore (T’85) earned her A.B. in history. At Duke, Ms. Moore served on the DukeEngage Advisory Board, the Leadership Gifts Committee, and as co-chair of her 30th reunion. Ms. Moore currently serves as president of the Palm Beach Town Council. She is president of the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, vice president of Fortin Enterprises, Inc. and a director of both the Fortin Foundation of Florida and the Barker Welfare Foundation. Ms. Moore sits on the boards of many charitable organizations including The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County, Rosarian Academy (where she attended and her daughters currently go to school), Town of Palm Beach United Way, the Garden Club of Palm Beach, and Women’s Southern Golf Association.
Richard Morrill G’68, is former President of the Teagle Foundation, former Chair of the Board of Directors of ChildFund International, and former Chancellor and Distinguished University Professor of Ethics and Democratic Values at the University of Richmond. He also previously served as President of Centre College and as President of Salem College.
Rubah is a senior at Duke majoring in Economics and Political Science. She is originally from Karachi, Pakistan. Rubah got involved with Kenan through the Ethics focus and SuWA program. In addition to Kenan, Rubah is involved with the Duke Debate team, and the Standard. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, trying out new restaurants, reading, and listening to music.
Amnazo Muhirwa is third-year PhD student in the School of Nursing. Her research interests fall at the intersection of race/ethnicity, gender and health. She is committed to conducting research that elucidates the mechanisms in which chronic stress becomes biologically embedded and impact the health of African American women.
Visiting Faculty (Summer 2018 - Spring 2020), Kenan Institute for Ethics
Thomas Nadelhoffer is an associate professor of philosophy at the College of Charleston, as well as an affiliate member of the psychology department and roster faculty in the neuroscience program. Before living and teaching in Charleston, South Carolina, he was an assistant professor of philosophy and law and policy at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (2006–2009; 2011–2012). He also spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow with The MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project (2009–2011); his first year was spent with Michael Gazzaniga at The University of California, Santa Barbara, and his second year was spent with Walter Sinnott-Armstrong at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.
Sonia is a second-year dual degree student i.e. MEM/MBA. She is interested in a career focused on building sustainable business models, managing ESG risks as well as crafting climate mitigation and adaptation strategies for private sector organizations. Prior to school, she worked as a financial risk consultant at KPMG serving clients majorly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Brandee Newkirk is PhD student at Duke University in the Art, Art History and Visual Studies Department. Her research focuses primarily on modern and contemporary African American art with a focus on social justice. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona where she worked with the university’s Black Student Union. She is also currently a member of her department’s Anti-Racism Task Force.
Steven Nichols P’98, P’01, P’08, P’12, is retired from a career in banking, where he was an Executive Vice President and head of Wells Fargo’s Global Trade Services, overseeing the trade processing operation.
Divya Nimmagadda is a junior from Omaha, Nebraska, majoring in Public Policy and Economics with a minor in Global Health. She is especially interested in criminal justice reform and immigration law. Outside of working for the Kenan Institute for Ethics, she is involved in Duke Student Government, the Duke International Relations Association and research. She enjoys discovering new music, traveling, diving into deep conversations about pretty much anything and eating!
Mike and Ruth Mackowski Professor of Ethics in the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Department of Philosophy
Wayne Norman is the Mike and Ruth Mackowski Professor of Ethics in the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Department of Philosophy at Duke University. He is a political philosopher who also teaches courses in business ethics, sports ethics, and the philosophy of play and humor. His work in political philosophy focuses mostly on the special challenges that arise in multicultural societies where citizens have diverse and overlapping identities and attachments. He has been most interested in states that incorporate more than one people or nation with its own historic homeland (as more than 90% of countries do). He is the author of Negotiating Nationalism: Nation-building, Federalism, and Secession in the Multinational State and co-editor or author of four other books. And he is currently writing a book entitled The Ethical Adversary: How to play fair when you’re playing to win – in sports, business, politics, law, and love. Before arriving at Duke almost 13 years ago he held distinguished professorships at the Université de Montréal and the University of British Columbia.
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Gino Nuzzolillo is a junior who will likely major in Public Policy & History. He is interested in human rights, social justice, and American history. In his free time, he loves to read, find new music, and talk about politics. On-campus, he is involved with Duke Partnership for Service, the Community Empowerment Fund, and Dukes & Duchesses, among others.
Nayan Patel serves as President of Jiten Hotel Management Inc. Mr. Patel served as President of Indian Merchants' Chambers. He operated four Best Western properties including the Best Western Capital Beltway, Lanham, Md.; Best Western Manassas, Manassas, Va.; Best Western Capitol Skyline Hotel, Washington, DC and the Best Western Fairfax, Fairfax City, Va. He had been with BW family since 1987. Mr. Patel is active in governing roles for the brand and is an active participant in regional marketing and advertising co-ops. He worked in every aspect of the hospitality industry, from housekeeping to marketing and sales. He served as Vice President of Indian Merchants' Chambers. He served as Chairman of the Board for Best Western International Inc. since December 2003. Mr. Patel served as Director of Best Western International Inc. since December 1, 2000. He is an active member in the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Prince William (County) Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Patel received a Bachelor's degree from Duke University and a degree in law from Georgetown University.
Arya is a Sophomore from Charlotte, North Carolina studying Public Policy and Economics. She has participated in various Kenan programs including the Focus Program, the Kenan Refugee Project and Project Change. She is particularly interested in Restorative Justice because of the power it has to strengthen communities and its humanistic approach. Arya is interested in the impacts of development programs for third world countries dealing with economic, social and cultural changes. Outside of school, Arya enjoys reading historical fiction, painting, and hanging out with friends.
Jonah Perrin is a B.N. Duke Scholar in the Class of 2023 from Chapel Hill, NC, who enjoys studying politics, ethics, social justice, and philosophy. He has worked as a grassroots political organizer and preschool teacher, likes music, movies, and museums, and can recite large chunks of The West Wing.
Darwin Perry is a third-year graduate student at Duke Divinity School. His research interest lies at the intersection between race, religion, and penal reform. Prior to joining Duke Divinity School, Darwin studied Philosophy and African American studies at Grand Valley State University.
Inga Peterson is the Associate Director of Operations for DukeEngage. She has been developing and managing programs and cross-functional teams at Duke for the majority of the past eleven years, five of which she spent as an assistant director for programs with DukeEngage. Most recently, she served as the Vice President for Campus Engagement for the Duke Alumni Association, where she was the senior administrator responsible for the campus-facing programs and functions of the 175,000-member Association. Prior to coming to Duke, Inga working in academic advising and student affairs at the University of Chicago, Harvard, and Boston University, and developed and managed international community development programs with the Academy for Educational Development, the Harvard Institute for International Development, and the United States Peace Corps. Inga lives in Durham with her son and Yorkie mix.
Dirk Philipsen is Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and an Associate Research Professor of Economic History at the Sanford School of Public Policy. His work and teaching is focused on sustainability and the history of capitalism and his most recent research has focused on GDP as the dominant measure of success in U.S. and international economic affairs. His work also includes historical explorations of alternative measures for well-being.
Raised in Germany and educated in both Germany and the United States, he received a BA in economics (College for Economics, Berlin, 1982), an MA in American Studies (John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University Berlin, 1987), and a PhD in American Social and Economic History (Duke University, 1992). He has taught at Duke University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia State University. For ten years, he served as Director of the Institute for the Study of Race Relations at Virginia State University, which he founded in 1997. In 2001-2002, he served as one of the lead authors in generating a new shared governance constitution for Virginia State University.
Dirk Philipsen has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Franklin Humanities Center at Duke, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. He has published on the history of modern capitalism, movements for social and economic justice, as well as race and race relations. His first book, We Were the People, chronicles the collapse of communism in East Germany and was published by Duke University Press. Recently, he served as editor and contributor to a volume on Green Business, published by SAGE. His latest work is published by Princeton University Press under the title The Little Big Number – How GDP Came to Rule the World, And What to Do About It (Spring 2015.)
Professor of Cultural Anthropology & African and African American Studies
Charlie Piot, Peter Lange Faculty Director of DukeEngage and Professor of Cultural Anthropology & African and African American Studies, does research on the political economy and history of rural West Africa. His first book, Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa (1999), attempted to re-theorize a classic out-of-the-way place as within the modern and global. His next book, Nostalgia for the Future: West Africa after the Cold War (2010), explored shifts in Togolese political culture during the 1990s, a time when the NGOs and charismatic churches took over the biopolitical, reorganizing social and political life in the absence of the state. His most recent book, The Fixer: Visa Lottery Chronicles (2019), is about Togolese who apply for and attempt to game the US Diversity Visa Lottery. He has begun research focusing on the return of Togolese from the diaspora to West Africa.
Steven is a first year student from Raleigh, North Carolina studying Public Policy and Spanish with an interest in pre-law. His passions include immigration law and reform and the study of democracies. He is currently in the Kenan Focus program, Ethics, Leadership and Global Citizenship, and participates in the Launch Lab program. Apart from Kenan, he is also involved with the Duke International Relations Association and Amnesty International. In his free time, he enjoys listening to new music or podcasts, swimming, and going on adventures.
Wesley Pritzlaff is a rising senior from Rolesville, NC and the founder of the Duke Sleight Club, a sleight of hand magic teaching and performing student organization through which he has taught magic at Duke for two years. In addition to sleight of hand magic, Wesley advocates for and promotes positive wellbeing through his position as a DuWell Intern and his professional aspiration to practice physical therapy.
Guadalupe Pulido is from Rockford Illinois but grew up in Mexico and Durham, NC. She is currently a sophomore majoring in Public Policy and intends to get a Master in Public Health. She loves Duke basketball and baby goats.
Swetha Rajagopal is a second-year student from Chandler, Arizona, who intends to double major in Biology and Global Health. She is passionate about delving into the issues of racial injustice present within the areas of housing, education, and healthcare. At Duke, Swetha is a DSG Senator on the Durham and Community Affairs Committee, and she was previously a Kenan Ethics in Place Fellow, in which she worked to expand access to healthcare for undocumented immigrants in Arizona.
Pratamesh Ramasubramanian is a rising sophomore pursuing majors in Biology and Global Health. His interests lie in tackling the social determinants of health as well as understanding how more equitable healthcare can be disseminated to populations.
Allison Raven is a PhD candidate in history focusing on the intersections of race and education in the twentieth century United States. Her dissertation, “Separate but Equitable: Race, Liberalism, and Abandoning Desegregation in Austin, Texas” examines the end of public school desegregation programs and the shift to frame education as “equitable” rather than “equal.” Allison holds a B.A. in History from Rice University and worked as a middle school teacher in Houston, Texas prior to beginning her graduate work at Duke.
Hannah Read is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Duke. Before Duke, she completed her MA in Philosophy at Tufts and her BA in Philosophy and Literary Studies at The New School. Her work falls primarily within moral philosophy and moral psychology. She has additional interests in social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and the philosophy of education. She is currently working on questions concerning the role of empathy and perspective taking in the moral life.
Anisha Reddy is a first-year student from Charlotte, North Carolina. She's planning to major in Public Policy with a minor in Sociology. She's passionate about community organizing and grassroots voter outreach efforts, as well as reforming our criminal justice system. At Duke, Anisha is a staff reporter for The Chronicle and a member of the Duke International Relations Association.
Hadley Reid is in her fourth year at Duke completing her MD and a Master’s in clinical research with the Duke Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP). She is originally from Chapel Hill, but did her undergrad at Stanford University before working at a non-profit in Seattle and ultimately returning home to the Triangle for medical school. Her research centers on examining the patient-provider interaction and its differential effect on health outcomes in non-Hispanic Black and White patients with Type II Diabetes. She is one of the founders and current leaders of Duke Med for Social Justice (DMSJ) and also serves as a student facilitator for the Cultural Determinants of Health and Health Disparities Course for first year medical students.
Olivia Reneau is 3rd-year undergraduate student from Niceville, Florida. She is studying Public Policy with a concentration in domestic policy and racial wealthy inequality, history of the American south, and Japanese language. After graduation, she intends to work in policy research before pursuing her PhD in history or economics. She believes that reparations and reconciliation are the key to beginning to mend our fractured country and has a special interest (academic and personal) in these things as a result.
Alyssa Reyes is originally from Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Media Studies, and earned a Master’s in Special Education from CUNY Hunter College. After 5 years of teaching math and special education in NYC’s Brooklyn and Harlem neighborhoods, she is thrilled to pursue her passion for social justice at Duke Law School.
Louden Richason is a senior from Greensburg, Pennsylvania majoring in Economics with a certificates in Ethics in Society. He interested in inclusive development, game theory, and the retail industry. He has participated in Kenan’s Ethics, Leadership, and Global Citizenship focus, the DukeEngage Dublin program, the DukeImmerse Deconstructing/Reconstructing the Refugee Experience program, and the Pathways of Change program.
Professor of International Development Studies and Director of the Doctoral School of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University in Denmark
Lisa Ann Richey is a Visiting Professor at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Professor of International Development Studies and Director of the Doctoral School of Social Sciences and Business at Roskilde University in Denmark. She served as founding Vice-President of the Global South Caucus, and Advisory Board Member of the Global Health Section, of the International Studies Association (ISA).
She is the author of the books “Brand Aid: Shopping Well to Save the World” with Stefano Ponte (2011), “Population Politics and Development: From the Policies to the Clinics” (2008), the co-editor with Stefano Ponte of “New Actors and Alliances in Development” (2014), and editor of “Celebrity Humanitarianism and North-South Relations: Politics, Place and Power” (2016). She researches international aid politics, state-society relations, new transnational actors and alliances in the global South, development theory, global health and gender. She leads the research project on Commodifying Compassion: Implications of Turning People and Humanitarian Causes into Marketable Things (2016-2020), funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research.
She completed post-doctoral training in the Department of Population and International Health at Harvard University and a Ph.D. in the Department Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Edgar P. and Elizabeth C. Bartlett Professor of Law and Business Administration
Professor Richman’s research interests include the economics of contracting, new institutional economics, antitrust, and healthcare policy. He teaches contracts, antitrust, and health law, and he has guest taught classes at The Fuqua School of Business and the Sanford School of Public Policy. He was invited to the Yale/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum in 2004, received Duke Law School’s Blueprint Award in 2005, and was a recipient of the Provost’s Common Fund award in 2006.
Professor Richman received an AB, magna cum laude, from Brown University; an MA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley; a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School; and a Ph.D in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Richman also spent one year at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, Israel, studying biblical and talmudic texts.
His recent work has been published in the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Law and Social Inquiry, and Health Affairs,and he recently co-edited with Clark Havighurst a symposium volume of Law and Contemporary Problems entitled “Who Pays? Who Benefits? Distributional Issues in Health Care” and his book Stateless Commerce (Harvard University Press, 2017). Some of his papers are available here.
Cole Rizki is a PhD candidate in the Literature Program and his dissertation focuses on contemporary transgender activisms in Argentina. Rizki’s work considers how the legacy of Argentine genocide and state terrorism (1976-83) shapes present day transgender human rights claims. Through visual culture analysis, ethnographic interviews, and archival research, Rizki’s dissertation reorganizes the study of Argentine activisms by suggesting unexpected coalitions between current gender and sexuality rights advocates and the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. In Fall 2016, Rizki taught Duke’s first “Introduction to Transgender Studies” service-learning course where his students partnered with local non-profit organizations to develop resources for trans and non-binary folks. Rizki currently sits on the Board of Directors of statewide non-profit organization EqualityNC and serves as Trans Subcommittee Chair of Duke’s LGBTQ Task Force working with administrators, faculty, and staff to develop LGBTQ inclusive policies for Duke University and affiliated hospital systems. He is the co-editor of forthcoming Transgender Studies Quarterly special issue “Trans Studies en las Américas” slated for May 2019.
Poorav, T’10, is a white collar criminal defense attorney at Gerger Khalil Hennessy & McFarlane in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for two years for the Honorable Alfred H. Bennett in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Before his judicial clerkship, he handled both criminal and civil litigation at the law firm of Haynes and Boone, LLP. At Duke, Poorav majored in Political Theory and obtained a certificate from the Kenan Institute for Ethics.
Instructor and Associate Director of the Arete Initiative, Kenan Institute for Ethics
John Rose is Associate Director of the Arete Initiative. In addition to helping coordinate Arete’s programming, John teaches courses in Happiness and Human Flourishing, Christian Ethics, Conservatism, and Political Polarization. His research concerns the tradition of virtue ethics and Christian theology. Originally from Iowa, John holds a BA in religion from Wabash College, an MTS from Duke Divinity School, and a PhD in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Joseph is a PhD candidate at Duke University in the Department of Sociology. He is primarily interested in the sociology of religion, with a specific focus on how religious beliefs and communal worship practices intersect. He is currently studying discourse around immigration issues among evangelical opinion leaders and how that discourse has changed over time.
Associate Professor of African & African American Studies, Biology, Community & Family Medicine
Charmaine DM Royal is a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and an associate professor of African & African American Studies, Biology, and Community & Family Medicine at Duke. She is also core faculty in the Duke Initiative for Science and Society and faculty affiliate in the Duke Global Health Institute.
Her research, scholarship, and teaching focus on ethical and social issues in genetics and genomics on a global scale, particularly the intersection of “race” and genetics, its policy implications, and practical interventions. She serves on several national and international professional committees and boards related to these topics. She directs the Duke Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference (GRID) that aims to inform and transform the concepts, uses, and impacts of “race” in research, healthcare, and society.
She received an MA in genetic counseling and a PhD in human genetics from Howard University. She completed postgraduate training in bioethics and ELSI (ethical, legal, and social implications) research at the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and in epidemiology and behavioral medicine at Howard University Cancer Center.
The Honorable Rodolfo “Rudy” A. Ruiz II, T’ 02, is a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida. Prior to his confirmation to the federal bench, he was a Circuit Court Judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida from 2014 through 2019, and a Miami-Dade County Court Judge from 2012 through 2014. Before entering judicial service, Judge Ruiz was an Assistant County Attorney with the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office, where he represented Miami-Dade County and government employees in federal and state court at both trial and appellate levels. Judge Ruiz was also an associate with White & Case L.L.P., where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, asset-backed financings, and general corporate matters.
Siri Russell is a first-year student in the weekend executive MBA program. Her formal educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a master's degree in Community & Economic Development. Siri's commitment to equity is demonstrated by her professional experience which includes her current role as the director of equity and inclusion for Albemarle County, VA where she leads efforts to ensure equity is centered in program and service delivery. She also serves on multiple nonprofit and community task force geared towards promoting social and financial resiliency.
Niall Schroder is a Senior from Durham, North Carolina studying Computer Science and Theater Studies. Outside of the /kenan-ethics/Communications/ directory you can hear him going flat onstage with Hoof 'n' Horn and Speak of the Devil, botching a punchline in the writing room with Inside Joke, or crushing the hopes and dreams of starry-eyed freshmen who just missed their second tent check in K-Ville.
Ashley Shaaf is a first-year student from Hillsdale, New Jersey. She intends to major in Computer Science and minor in Medical Sociology. She is passionate about strengthening STEM education in underrepresented communities and closing the racial and gender gap within the field of Computer Science. At Duke, Ashley is a member of the SPIRE Fellows and Women in Tech.
Miriam Shams-Rainey is a first-year student from Dallas, Texas. She is an alumna of Project Change and is currently in the Ethics, Leadership, and Global Citizenship FOCUS program with academic interests ranging from social policy to music theory. Miriam enjoys writing poetry, thrift shopping, and trying to play pop songs on the violin. She is very excited to be a part of Team Kenan and to examine ethics in the Duke and Durham communities.
Associate Professor Of The Practice Of Environmental Policy and Management
Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza is a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and an Associate Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy and Management at the Nicholas School of the Environment. She serves as the Director for Community Engagement for the Duke University Superfund Research Center and the Director of the Certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and her MA from Yale University. Her research focuses on the ethical implications of market-based environmental initiatives and policies in Latin America, their social and environmental impacts, and their intersection with development projects and goals at multiple scales. She has examined these themes in the context of national payments for ecosystem services programs in Mexico, cacao agroforestry systems in biosphere reserve buffer zones in Panama and Costa Rica, and coffee sustainability certification programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, and Peru. She has published broadly on topics of environment and development.
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Durham, NC 27708
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Durham, NC 27708
Arsha Sharma is a rising sophomore from Charlotte, NC studying Neuroscience with the intention to pursue medicine. On campus, she is a member of the Duke Student Government Research Unit, the Jeremy Kay Lab, First-year Advisory Council, and the Hindu Student Association executive board.
Emma Shokeir is a rising junior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Classical Studies and a PPE certificate, and she plans to attend law school after graduation. On campus, she is a research assistant and is involved with BOW, Duke Women's Water Polo Club, and FORM magazine.
Amelia Shunk is a rising Junior from San Francisco majoring in International Comparative Studies, minoring in History, and Pre-Medicine. On campus Amelia is a team captain of the Duke Women’s Rowing, volunteers with Bull City Fit, is an athletics ACTION mentor, and is a member of CAPE, a program for female athletes that are Pre-Med.
Jonathan Silver, T’75, P’04, P’06, is clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Silver is a Fellow and past president of the American Neuropsychiatric Association. He has authored over 45 papers and 65 chapters, and he has edited six books, including Neuropsychiatry of Traumatic Brain Injury, the first comprehensive volume that reviews this subject, and the third edition of the Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury (2019). He has been listed in Best Doctors in America since 1993 for the area of neuropsychiatry.
Jake Silver is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Cultural Anthropology. His dissertation project examines the atmospheric and extraplanetary scales of Israel’s occupation, lifting attention upward to the ways colonial and anticolonial conflicts extend vertically into outer space through domains such as astronomy, astrophysics, science fiction, meteorology, and space travel. For the past two years, he has conducted ethnographic work largely with Palestinian astronomers attending to the ways that something as seemingly simple as the sky is a site of powerful political struggle and (possible) transformation. His prior and current work is motivated by antiracist and anticolonial convictions, and he is passionate about the political potential of anthropological thinking when its methodology and pedagogy is rooted in solidarity and social justice.
Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is the Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. He has worked on ethics (theoretical, applied, and empirical), philosophy of law, epistemology, philosophy of religion, and informal logic. He has received fellowships from the Harvard Program in Ethics and the Professions, the Princeton Center for Human Values, the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, the Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the Australian National University, and the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Sinnott-Armstrong is co-director of MADLab at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and has served as the co-director of the MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Project and co-investigator at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics.
He is the author of Morality Without God? and Moral Skepticisms, editor of Moral Psychology, volumes I-III, and has published articles in a variety of philosophical, scientific, and popular journals and collections. His most recent book, Think Again: How to Reason and Argue, discusses the benefits that sound, fair arguments grounded in mutual understanding can have. His MOOC course of the same name, offered through Coursera, has attracted more than 900,000 registered students from over 150 countries.
Sinnott-Armstrong earned his BA from Amherst College and his PhD from Yale University. His current work is on moral psychology and brain science as well as the uses of neuroscience in legal systems.
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Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor of Leadership; Professor of Management; Professor of Public Policy; Faculty Director, Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics; Director, Behavioral Science and Policy Center
Sim B. Sitkin is Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor of Leadership, Professor of Management and Public Policy, and founding Faculty Director of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics (COLE) at the Fuqua School of