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.
Nannerl O. Keohane Director, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Associate Research Professor of Sociology
Suzanne Shanahan is Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate Research Professor in Sociology. Suzanne also oversees DukeEngage, the university’s signature civic engagement program, and ran the DukeEngage-Dublin program for 11 years. Additionally, she directs the Kenan Refugee Project, a 6-country, community-based project on forced migration. Her current research focuses on forced migration and moral responsibility. More specifically, Suzanne’s work explores the impact of displacement on refugee well-being and moral boundaries before and after resettlement with particular focus on Bhutanese, Iraqi and Syrian refugees. This community-based research is a collaboration with communities both in the Middle East and with newcomer communities in North Carolina. Other work explores the dynamics of racial collective action in the United States and Europe. She is recipient of the Robert B. Cox Distinguished Teaching Award and the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award. Suzanne received her PhD from Stanford University.
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Durham, NC 27708
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).
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.
Bashar Alubaidi serves as the assistant to the Director and is the payroll representative of the Institute. He provides information and personal assistance to visitors, callers, internal staff, and faculty regarding KIE programs, policies, and services. He assists in the arrangements of the Faculty Council meetings. Bashar is originally from Iraq, having moved to the United States in December 2012 after earning his DDS in Cairo, Egypt.
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.
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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Durham, NC 27708
Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy | Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Palliative Care | Director, Medical Humanities | Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine
Ray Barfield is Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He received his MD and his PhD (in philosophy) from Emory University. He is a pediatric oncologist and palliative care physician with an interest in expanding the role of the humanities and the arts in the formation of physicians.
Ray has over 100 publications in medicine, philosophy, and literature, including several books: The Ancient Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy, Life in the Blind Spot (poetry), The Book of Colors (a novel), and most recently a book of philosophy called Wager: Beauty, Suffering, and Being in the World. Forthcoming books include Dante’s New Moon (poetry) and The Practice of Medicine as Being in Time (philosophy).
He was the founding director of two programs at Duke: Theology, Medicine, and Culture and Pediatric Palliative Care and Quality of Life. Currently he directs the Medical Humanities Program for the Trent Center in Duke’s Medical School, and teaches courses at the intersection of philosophy, theology, and medicine in the Divinity School. He is married to Karen, who is an Episcopal priest, and they have two children – Micah and Alexandra.
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, hailing from Oakland, California, is an outspoken advocate on issues of criminal justice reform and its intersection with girls of color. Inspired by leaders such as Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, and Nelson Mandela, she is passionate about improving the lives of underserved communities, specifically women and people of color, and she has extensive leadership experience working with non-profit organizations and educational institutions that serve these groups.
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.
John Benhart is the 2019-2020 Kenan Refugee Project Fellow. He contributes new programming for KRP with a focus on the Citizenship Lab. John graduated from Duke University (T’19) with a B.S. in Computer Science and an Ethics & Society certificate. As an undergraduate, he was a 2018 Kenan Summer Fellow and participated in Kenan’s Citizenship Lab. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, writing, and sailing.
Juli Plant Grainger Associate Professor of Energy Economics and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment
Lori Snyder Bennear is Co-Director of the Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate Director for Educational Programs at the Duke University Energy Initiative. She is also the Juli Plant Grainger Associate Professor of Energy Economics and Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment.
Malakha Bility provides support for Duke Immerse: De-constructing/Re-constructing the Refugee Experience, the Mastery and SuWA refugee outreach programs, and the campus-wide Staff Book Club for Ethics. She holds a BA in Public Policy and Global Health from Duke University (T’18) in addition to a Certificate in Documentary Studies.
Bobby is a PhD student in the Philosophy department. His research concerns theories of agency, moral responsibility, and their link to the reactive attitudes. He is especially interested in the moral status of anger as a response to wrongdoing. As part of his research, Bobby seeks to address the challenge raised by some philosophers that anger is never a morally appropriate response to injustice. Bobby received a BA in mathematics from Saginaw Valley State University, and an MA in philosophy from Georgia State University.
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.
Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics and Co-Director, MADLAB
Assistant Research Professor, Social Science Research Institute
Jana Schaich Borg is a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and co-director of the Institute’s MADLAB. She also serves as Assistant Research Professor at Duke’s Social Science Research Institute. She uses neuroscience, computational modeling, and emerging technologies to study how we make social decisions that influence, or that are influenced by, other people. As a neuroscientist, she employs neuroimaging, ECOG, simultaneous electrophysiological recordings in rats, and 3-D videos to gain insight into how humans and rodents make social decisions. As a data scientist, she works on interdisciplinary teams to develop new statistical approaches to analyze these high-dimensional multi-modal data in order to uncover principles of how the brain integrates complex social information with internal representations of value to motivate social actions.
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.
Allen Buchanan’s teaching includes a basic course on human rights, focusing on controversies about the nature of human rights, the justifications for claims about the existence of human rights, the reasons for and against having an international legal human rights system, and the legitimacy (or otherwise) of efforts to promote compliance with human rights norms. Another previous course was titled "Science, Ethics, and Democracy." It provided a critical examination of relationships between science and democracy, on the assumption that public policy formation in a democracy should be informed by scientific knowledge but also will inevitably require taking a stand on ethical issues.
He continues to do research mainly in three areas: bioethics (at present mainly on the ethics of enhancement and of synthetic biology), philosophy of international law, and social moral epistemology. His most recent papers are “Philosophical Theories of Human Rights” in The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy, David Estlund, ed.; “Why International Legal Human Rights?” in Foundations of Human Rights, edited by Matthew Liao and Massimo Renzo; “Human Rights and Moral Progress” in Human Rights: The Hard Questions, edited by Cindy Holder and David Reidy; and “Social Moral Epistemology and Education,” forthcoming in a volume on the Philosophy of Education resulting from a Spencer Foundation conference, edited by Harry Brighouse. 1) is a critical survey of current work by philosophers on human rights and argues that they have a seriously inadequate conception of what a philosophical theory of human rights should do. (2) addresses an embarrassingly neglected question: Even if there are moral human rights, why should we have a system of international legal human rights? (3) develops a theory of moral progress and shows how the modern conception of human rights incorporates progress in thinking about justice. These three papers on human rights plus the paper on social moral epistemology and education are available, if you email him requesting them. His books on enhancement include BEYOND HUMANITY (Oxford, 2012) and BETTER THAN HUMAN (Oxford, 2012).
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Durham, NC 27708
Jeremy Buotte provides support for the Human Rights, Global Migration, Religions and Public Life, and Technically Right programs at the Kenan Institute, as well as manages the Ethics Book Clubs for Staff. He holds a B.A. in Rights, Religion and Law from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in Ethics from Yale University.
I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and member of KIE’s Rethinking Regulation Faculty Advisory Group. My overarching research interests are the evolution and persistence of institutions, the interaction between domestic and international institutions, and the ways in which institutions enable and constrain actors. Substantively, my work on global private politics focuses primarily on the causes and consequences of delegating governance — and especially regulatory authority — to non-state and increasingly also non-governmental bodies. As Co-Principal Investigator of the International Standards Project, I have directed multi-country, multi-industry business surveys about the global private politics of setting standards for international product and financial markets. This research is presented in New Global Rulers: The Privatization of Regulation in the World Economy (co-authored with Walter Mattli, Princeton University Press, 2011). I have also recently guest-edited a special issue of the interdisciplinary journal Business and Politics on “Private Regulation in the Global Economy.” My other work focuses institutional development and the regulation of competition in the European Union, foreign direct investment by multinational corporations, the allocation of foreign aid by humanitarian and development NGOs, and business partisanship.
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 sophomore studying public policy, political theory, and human rights. On campus, he is involved in GANO, Students for Education Reform, Chronicle Editorial Board, and Duke Worker’s Alliance. He is passionate about immigration, social, and economic policy.
Andrew Carlins is a junior from Oceanside, NY studying Economics, History and Ethics and Society. He is an intelligent, handsome and incredibly modest individual with a witty sense of humor. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys spending time with his residents in Jarvis, learning languages and writing.
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.
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.
Danbee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Management & Organizations department at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northwestern University. As a doctoral candidate, Chon is interested in phenomena related to the self in the context of organizations. In particular, her primary stream of research considers the theoretical and empirical examination of self-awareness in order to better understand how individuals recognize themselves, especially in the context of power and leadership. Within this stream, Chon has explored achieving a better understanding of the construct of self-awareness through facets of review, theory, and measurement projects. A related, second stream of her research examines self- and other-interest as distinct constructs and in interaction with each other. Current projects within this stream focuses on the theoretical and empirical consideration of self- and other-interest through the dual process model lens, as well as potential interventions that could be developed through this framework. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, playing tennis, and exploring new restaurants in RTP area with her friends!
Ajenai is a Ph.D. Candidate in public policy with a concentration in political science at Duke University. Her academic research focuses on the most important factors that help and harm the police-community relationship, focusing especially on African Americans and European Muslims. Ajenai’s dissertation uses comparative in-depth interviews between young Black men in the U.S. and young Muslim men of Bangladeshi background in the U.K. to answer research questions about civilian preferences in policing, civilian assessment of police performance, and civilian responses to policing. In her other research, she has conducted a national survey experiment to test the effect of perceptions of African Americans on civilian preferences for police reforms, and she has examined police fatalities of civilians in the United States and systemic barriers to accurate reporting of deaths.
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.
Elsa is an intellectual historian concentrating on Spain and its possessions in the Renaissance and Enlightenment. Her dissertation, a study of the Spanish Empire during the Enlightenment, explores how political economy emerged from moral philosophy during the transition from Habsburg to Bourbon rule. 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, where she read the political theories of monks, priests, scientists, lawyers, royal advisors, dilettante scholars, aristocratic women, and others on a Fulbright-Hays grant. Far from the medieval notion it is sometimes assumed to be, the divine right of kings belongs to the Renaissance and early Enlightenment. Elsa has watched it emerge chronologically through these texts. Elsa is also a Humane Studies fellow and is at present involved in the founding of a new literary review. In her spare time, she enjoys watching the new TV series she discovered in Spain, like Élite, The Mysteries of Laura,Madrid is Burning and Just Before Christ.
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).
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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Medical Center Box 3040
Durham, NC 27710
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.
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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Durham, NC 27708
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Rachel is a Ph.D. candidate in English as well as a candidate for the certificates in Feminist Studies and College Teaching. Her dissertation, Divorcing the Rake: Male Chastity and the Rise of the Novel, 1753-1857, examines depictions of male sexual conduct in narratives of marital disunion. She argues that the emerging genre of the novel reproduced the gendered biases increasingly practiced in English divorce law, refiguring sexually profligate male characters to make them not only palatable but desirable in ways that the law could not. Before coming to Duke, Rachel earned her B.A. in literature and mathematics from Bennington College and served as a math teacher for the United States Peace Corps in Burkina Faso from 2011 to 2013.
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.
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.
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.
Assistant Director of Operations, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Dana Hall serves as part of the Institute's senior leadership team, providing strategic administrative and programmatic direction, including overall administrative management and coordination of a variety of business-related functions such as finance, budget, personnel, space and facilities, planning grant administration, and policy interpretation.
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
Professor in Sociology and the Kenan Institute for Ethics
Kieran Healy is professor of Sociology and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. His research interests are in economic sociology, the sociology of culture, the sociology of organizations, and social theory. He is the author of Last Best Gifts: Altruism and the Market for Human Blood and Organs. His articles have appeared in numerous journals including the American Sociological Review, the Journal of Political Philosophy, and the American Journal of Sociology. Healy has taught at the University of Arizona and was a research fellow at Australian National University. He was awarded a Residential Fellowship with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2008. Healy earned an undergraduate degree in sociology and geography at the National University of Ireland (Cork) and a Ph.D in sociology from Princeton University. His current focus is on the moral order of market society, the effect of quantification on the emergence and stabilization of social categories, and the link between these two topics.
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.
Nathan is a third year PhD student in Christian Theological Studies (Graduate Program in Religion). His work focuses on the relationship between scripture and ethics in the Christian tradition, particularly around issues of suffering and religious violence. He also has interests in Jewish and Islamic studies. Prior to coming to Duke he volunteered for three years in northern Iraq with a relief and development organization. He has an MA from the University of Virginia and a BA from Eastern Mennonite University.
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.
Anna is a second year graduate student in the sociology PhD program at Duke. She is interested in the sociology of religion, specifically the ways that religious organizations function in relation to the larger culture
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.
Professor of Law and International Affairs, Penn State Law and School of International Affairs
Margaret Hu is a Professor of Law and International Affairs at Penn State Law and School of International Affairs at Pennsylvania State University in University Park. Her research interests include the intersection of immigration policy, national security, cybersurveillance, and civil rights. Previously, she served as senior policy advisor for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and also served as special policy counsel in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), Civil Rights Division, U. S. Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C. As Special Policy Counsel, Hu managed a team of attorneys and investigators in the enforcement of the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), and was responsible for federal immigration policy review and coordination for OSC.
Hu received her BA in East Asian languages and cultures from the University of Kansas and her JD from Duke Law School. She is a Truman Scholar, Foreign Language Area Studies Scholar, and recipient of a Duke Law School Merit Scholarship. She clerked for Judge Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and subsequently joined the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General's Honors Program under Attorney General Janet Reno.
Hu has served in various leadership positions, including vice chair, Kansas Commission for National and Community Service, by gubernatorial appointment; Board of Directors, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum; Board of Directors, University of Kansas Memorial Corporation; National Governing Board, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum; and Dean's Advisory Council, Duke Law School.
Margaret Hu Associate Dean for Non-JD Programs Professor of Law and International Affairs Penn State Law and School of International Affairs Institute for Computational and Data Sciences Pennsylvania State University - University Park Katz Building State College, PA 16802
Thomas Huck is a sophomore at Duke, planning to study Political Science, Computer Science, and Philosophy. Originally from Berwyn, Pennsylvania, Thomas discovered his interest in ethics through his experience as a Boy Scout and in high school. In his free time, Thomas enjoys hiking and poetry.
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.
Manda Hufstedler provides support for the Ethics & Society Certificate program and the Ethics and Global Citizenship Living/Learning Community, manages the ethics film series, and serves as the assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Study for Ethics. She holds a BA in English from Duke University (T’18) and is an avid bibliophile, photographer, and macaroni and cheese enthusiast.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
237 Sanford Building
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.
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.
Devran is a political geographer at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His dissertation research engages with identity formation, citizenship and belonging ties of the Turkish-Muslim diaspora in Germany. His area of interest covers migration, geographies of state, feminist geopolitics and diaspora studies.
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.
Kimberly Krawiec is Kathrine Robinson Everett Professor of Law and Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. An expert on corporate law who teaches courses on securities, corporate, and derivatives law, her research interests span a variety of fields, including the empirical analysis of contract disputes; the choice of organizational form by professional service firms, including law firms; forbidden or taboo markets; corporate compliance systems; insider trading; derivatives hedging practices; and “rogue” trading.
Prior to joining academia, Krawiec was a member of the Commodity & Derivatives Group at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell. She has served as a commentator for the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI) of the American Bar Association and on the faculty of the National Association of Securities Dealers Institute for Professional Development at the Wharton School of Business. She holds a juris doctorate from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University.
Krawiec’s recent scholarship addresses organizational misconduct and trade within forbidden or contested markets. These works include “Price and Pretense in The Baby Market,” in Baby Markets: Money, Morals, and the Neopolitics of Choice (Cambridge University Press, 2009); “Sunny Samaritans & Egomaniacs: Price-Fixing in the Gamete Market,” and “Show Me The Money: Making Markets in Forbidden Exchange,” forthcoming in Duke Law School’s Law and Contemporary Problems; and “Altruism and Intermediation in the Market for Babies,” in the Washington & Lee Law Review. She also recently contributed a chapter, “Operational Risk Management: An Emergent Industry,” to the book Operational Risk Towards Basel III: Best Practices and Issues in Modeling, Management and Regulation (John Wiley and Sons, 2009).
Krawiec also has taught law at the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina, Harvard, and Northwestern, where she received the 1999-2000 Robert Childres Award for Teaching Excellence.
Alberto is a fourth year ThD student at Duke Divinity School, working in the fields of Christian moral and political theology. When he was 10 years old, Alberto emigrated with his family from his hometown of Callao, Peru to Midwestern United States, where he lived until moving to Durham, NC to begin his doctoral work at Duke. His experience as an immigrant informs and drives his doctoral research which aims to give a rich account of the conditions and possibilities for the flourishing of migrants. This entails engaging conflicting cultural, theological, and political assumptions about the human as either fundamentally oriented toward settling and rootedness in a place or as fundamentally oriented toward movement, border-crossing, and mestizaje. Alberto is interested in engaging this conversation by fostering a dialogue between voices from Latin America culture and history, political theory, and Christian theology. Alberto received a MDiv from Western Theological Seminary and a BA from Trinity Christian College in Theology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
575 Bay Street
Associate Professor of the Practice, Political Science
Ian MacMullen currently serves as assistant vice provost for undergraduate education at Duke. He is also a senior fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics, where he teaches the course "Citizenship, Patriotism, & Identity" in the first-year Focus program. MacMullen received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. He joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2007, received tenure in 2015, accepted a visiting position at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy in 2016, and joined the Department of Political Science in 2019.
MacMullen's current research includes two main projects. One is an analysis of the concept of "post-truth" or "post-factual" politics (of the type that is often said to exist in the contemporary United States and United Kingdom): "What Is 'Post-factual' Politics?" is forthcoming in the Journal of Political Philosophy. The other project explores the relational costs that are incurred when a law is enforced against people who do not, given their particular beliefs and values, have reason to endorse that law.
Elliot is a Ph.D. candidate in political science, with research interests in political philosophy, the history of political thought, and American political development. His dissertation focuses on the relationship between incarceration and democracy. He is a graduate of Colorado College and previously worked on the staff of the American Political Science Association, in Washington, D.C. His website is elliotmamet.com.
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.
Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Laurie McIntosh is a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology. She holds a PhD in anthropology from Harvard University. She specializes in the anthropology of Europe, migration, critical race and gender studies, and film and visual studies. Her research explores the ethics and politics of immigrant integration policies, state governance and moral experience, the epistemology of global aging, and the ideological mainstreaming of extremist political movements. Her ongoing projects investigate multiculturalism in Norway, the detention and expulsion of asylum-seekers in Spain, and a comparative exploration of elder subjectivity and sociality, transborder citizenship, and the politics of care amongst aging populations in Europe and Canada.
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Senior Research Fellow, Geary Institute, University College Dublin
Dorren McMahon is a Senior Research Fellow at the Geary Institute, University College Dublin. Following the completion of a major European research grant on educational disadvantage amongst young people in Europe, she took up research on young people who are not in school, work, or training and who are commonly referred to as Europe's NEETS population. She is also involved in research on the U.S. NEETS population with colleagues at RTI and Arizona State University. They are examining the disconnection of these "opportunity youth" who at a time of considerable economic burden are estimated to cost society over $4 trillion during their lifetime. As with many of Europe’s NEETS population, little is known about where America’s opportunity youth live or whether there are unusually high concentrations within U.S. counties
Dorren received her BA in history from University College Dublin and an MA by research in 1985. She received her PhD in sociology from Nuffield College, Oxford.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
102 West Duke Building
Durham, NC 27708
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.
Luke is a masters student at Duke Divinity School. A Theology, Medicine, and Culture Fellow ('17-'18), Luke is interested in theological anthropology, especially as it relates to urgent moral, political, and aesthetic issues at the intersection of technology, medicine, and ecological crises. This Kenan Fellowship supports Luke's current research on transhumanism as a political and religious movement in the United States.
Shreya is a doctoral student in sociology at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. In her dissertation project, she explores the intersections of race and religion in the immigrant-origin communities in France. Her work has appeared in Maydan and ThePrint.
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.
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.)
Armani is currently a second year master's student studying Bioethics and Science Policy (concentration: philosophy) at Duke University. He is also a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he double majored in theology and neuroscience. Armani is currently involved in a collaborative study between Duke and Northwestern University which aims to address the legal and ethical implications of the use of DNA in missing migrant identification. He generally interested in issues at the intersection of immigration policy, international relations, and religion and after finishing his master's degree, Armani will pursue a JD/PhD as he wishes to pursue a career as a legal academic.
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 from Chandler, Arizona, and she is double majoring in Biology and Global Health with a minor in Education. Swetha believes that access to healthcare is a human right, and she is determined to protect and provide this inherent right to the people.
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.
Songyao is a fourth-year PhD student in the Philosophy department. She holds a BA in journalism and philosophy from the University of Hong Kong and an MA in East Asian Cultures and Languages from Columbia University. Her current research focuses on whether a good life is one with dispassion. In particular, she discusses two models of dispassion, the Stoic one and the Zhuangist one, and examine the ethical outlooks they each reflect.
Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies
Andrea Renda is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, where he previously was the George C. Lamb, Jr. Regulatory Fellow (2015-16) and a resident Senior Fellow (2016-17). At Duke he taught the courses "Private Regulation and Public Policy," "Law and Economics," and "Regulating Emerging Technologies" between 2015 and 2017. He now holds the Google Chair for Digital Innovation at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of GRID (Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy) at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a leading think tank located in Brussels.
He is a member of the ESIR group of advisers to the European Commissioner, Directorate General for Research and Innovation; a member of the EU High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence; and a member of the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum. He is a board member of the International Telecommunications Society, and chairs the European Communications Policy Research association. He currently leads the TRIGGER project (Trends in Global Governance and Europe's Role) funded by the European Union.
Andrea's research interest lie at the intersection of regulation, technology and ethics. He is also a professional musician and a restless traveler.
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.
102 East Duke Building
1304 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708
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.
Hannah is a PhD candidate studying the effect of popular understandings of democracy on support for democratization. Her research focuses on Middle Eastern politics, public opinion on democracy, and religion and politics. She has a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago.
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 Rohatgi T’10, is a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Alfred H. Bennett in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Prior to clerking, he spent four years as a white collar and business litigation associate at the law firm of Haynes and Boone, LLP. At Duke, Mr. Rohatgi majored in Political Theory and obtained a certificate from the Kenan Institute for Ethics.
Elia is a third-year PhD student in Romance Studies (Spanish track). She is also a fellow at the Social Movements Lab (Franklin Humanities Institute). She completed her BA in English and French Language and Cultures at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2014). She was awarded a one-semester stay at the Universidade de Sâo Paulo (Centre for Latin American Studies Award) and a one-semester stay at UMASS Lowell (Convenios Internacionales Award). She holds an MA in Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Cultures from the University of Wyoming (2017). Her dissertation focuses on protest music during the 1960s and ‘70s in the Spanish state. Her research draws on studies in cultural studies, musicology, memory studies and affect theory to gain a framework for understanding the relationship between musical collective practices in repressive contexts and the formation of experiences and narratives of resistance. In particular, she studies the creation of networks of solidarity among singer-songwriters during concerts, collective LPs, and tours. Her approach challenges dominant regionalist and individualistic methods, offering a counter-story about the communities of protest, memory, and affect created among the singers, and among the audience, during the period known as “late Francoism” (1956-1975), and in the “Transition” (1975-1978) to democracy.
Instructor and Associate Director of the Arete Initiative, Kenan Institute for Ethics
John Rose assists the Arete Initiative in sponsoring scholarship and learning opportunities focused on recovering and sustaining the virtues in contemporary life, especially in the workplace, university, and public square. 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.
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.
Muye is a PhD candidate in Earth and Ocean Science, Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Her study focuses on the interactions among air quality, climate, and the economic system. She studies the mental health burden related to air pollution, and the associated the morbidity and economic impacts. Muye has finished a Master of Environmental Management from Duke university, and received a BS in Environmental Studies and a BA in Economics from Peking University in China.
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.
Benjamin Schewel is a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Director of the Center on Modernity in Transition. He is a philosopher who works on questions concerning secularism and the conceptual foundations of world history. His first book, Seven Ways of Looking at Religion, was published by Yale University Press in 2017. He is currently working a second book, Encountering the Axial Age, which will also be published by Yale University Press. He maintains an external fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, and has previously held positions at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Groningen, and Addis Ababa. He remains involved in policy conversations about religion and society at the European Union, where he worked in various capacities during a decade living in Europe.
Elizabeth is a doctoral candidate in Early Christianity in the Graduate Program in Religion. Her research interests include the New Testament Gospels, the Nag Hammadi corpus, Mary Magdalene, textual criticism, and feminist theology. She holds an M.A. and an S.T.M. from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church. Her work has been published in the Harvard Theological Review and her research has been featured by both the Daily Beast and Religion News Service.
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.
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
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.
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 Business, and Director of the Behavioral Science and Policy Center at Duke University. Since joining Duke in 1994, he served at various times as Area Head for the Management and Organizations Department, Faculty Director of Fuqua’s Health Sector Management Program, and Academic Director at Duke Corporate Education.
Sitkin’s research focuses on leadership and control systems and their influence on how organizations and their members become more or less capable of change and innovation. He is widely known for his research on the effect of formal and informal organizational control systems and leadership on risk taking, accountability, trust, learning, M&A processes, and innovation. His research has appeared in a leading academic and practice-oriented journals. His most recent books are Organizational Control (2010), TheSix Domains of Leadership (2016) and Routledge Companion to Trust (2017). He is President of the Behavioral Science and Policy Association, Founding Editor of Behavioral Science and Policy, Consulting Editor of Science You Can Use, Advisory Board Member of the Journal of Trust Research, and Advisory Board for the Routledge Book Series on Trust, having previously served as Editor of the Academy of Management Annals, Senior Editor of Organization Science and Associate Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior. He has extensive consulting and executive education experience with corporations, non-profits, and government organizations worldwide. In this work, he has focused on strategic leadership, leading and managing change (including mergers and acquisitions), organizational trust, learning and knowledge management, and the design of organizational control systems.
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution, and Professor of Political Science, Boston College
Peter Skerry is Professor of Political Science at Boston College, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Senior Fellow in the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. His writings on politics, racial and ethnic issues, immigration and social policy have appeared in a variety of scholarly and general interest publications, including Society,Publius, The Journal of Policy History, The New Republic, Slate, The Public Interest, The Wilson Quarterly, National Review, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. His book, Mexican Americans: The Ambivalent Minority (Harvard University Press), was awarded the 1993 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His most recent book is Counting on the Census? Race, Group Identity, and the Evasion of Politics, published by the Brookings Institution Press. He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, and served as Director of Washington Programs for the University of California at Los Angeles’s Center for American Politics and Public Policy, where he also taught political science. He was formerly a Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Legislative Director for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York. During 2006-07, he was Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Tufts University, a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, and a master’s and doctorate in political science from Harvard University. His current project is a study of the social, cultural, and political integration of Muslims and Arabs in the United States.
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Associate Research Professor of Theological Ethics and Bioethics, Duke Divinity School. Associate Faculty, Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and the History of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine
Professor Smith works at the intersection of social ethics, moral philosophy, and theological bioethics. More particularly, his specific academic interests are in the areas of end-of-life care, palliative care ethics, and ethically addressing issues surrounding health and health care disparities. His work and service in bioethics and social ethics has spanned academic, professional, and community spaces.
Before coming to Duke, Professor Smith held an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School through the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. He was core faculty for the Master of Bioethics degree program offered through Harvard’s Center for Bioethics. In addition to his work with the Center for Bioethics, he was a principal faculty member for the Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality, an interfaculty initiative across Harvard University.
Professor Smith has worked professionally as the ethics coordinator for Angela Hospice Care Center in Livonia, Mich. He served on the Ethics Advisory Council for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, on the board for the Hospice Palliative Care Association of Michigan, as a member of Boston Children’s Hospital’s ethics committee, and on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.
Professor Smith’s communal and ecclesial work has included service on the board of directors of organizations working for the common good and more equitable social arrangements such as YW Boston, which aims to empower women and eliminate racism. He also contributed thought leadership by serving on the board of a community development corporation, which supports local communities through building affordable housing, engaging in advocacy work, and providing education on housing policies and practices in Mass.
Brian is a PhD candidate in Political Science, specializing in Political Theory. He grew up near Chicago and received his B.A. in political science from Carleton College. His academic work is focused on liberal theories of education, rhetoric and persuasion, and political ontology. His dissertation explores the political and ethical implications of the structure-agency debate in the social sciences. Purely structuralist explanations for social phenomena, while allowing us to recognize and address macro-level problems and systemic inequalities, also run the risk of undermining our agency as we come to view the ourselves and others as objects at the whim of impersonal forces rather than subjects. His work, then, is aimed at examining the roots of the fatalism produced by a “politics of inevitability” and identifying potential ways to reinvigorate democratic political agency.
Adam is a joint-degree doctoral student in psychology and public policy in the Duke ID (Identity and Diversity) Lab and Sanford School of Public Policy. He attended Davidson College, earning a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Intercultural Communication Studies. Between Davidson and Duke, he worked for the NYC Department of Education, researching low-income students’ barriers to success. From this grew his interest in how social norms shape self-concept, behavior, and outcomes. His research now explores the origins and consequences of the pressure that children and young adults feel to conform to norms, particularly those related to hegemonic masculinity and its intersections with race and SES
Assistant Academic Dean, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences; Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Jesse Summers is Assistant Academic Dean, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences; a Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics; and an adjunct assistant professor of Philosophy at Duke University. Previously, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and a Lecturing Fellow in the Thompson Writing Program.
He received his MA and PhD in Philosophy from UCLA, an MPhil in philosophy from University College London, and his BA in philosophy, political science, and French from the University of Kansas
His book Clean Hands?: Philosophical Reflections on Scrupulosity (with Walter Sinnott-Armstrong) is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.
Sloan Talbot is a senior studying Cultural Anthropology and pursuing Kenan's Experiential Ethics Certificate. She has been heavily involved with the institute since she was a freshman participating in the Ethics focus, and has gone on to do Kenan's DukeImmerse, Alternative Spring Break, Bass Connections, and her Senior Thesis under Director Suzanne Shananhan exploring refugee youth's articulations of home post resettlement. Sloan is passionate about sustainable community development and working on issues of domestic and international forced displacement. She is an Academic Advisor for first-years at Duke and is an active and proud member of the 1G (1st Generation College Student) community on campus. In her free time she loves to watch documentaries and cook for her friends.
Josie Tarin is a junior from Arkansas who plans to major in Political Science with a concentration in security, peace and conflict. Josie first became involved with Kenan her freshman year, when she volunteered in MASTERY and participated in the DukeImmerse Deconstructing/Reconstructing the Refugee Experience program. In her spare time, she can be found taking a nap or catching up on current events.
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Fiona Terry was the Institute’s Practitioner-in-Residence in Fall 2009. She has spent most of the past 15 years involved in humanitarian relief operations in different parts of the world, including in Northern Iraq, Somalia, the Great Lakes region of Africa, Liberia, and along the Sino-Korean border. From 2000 to 2003 she worked as a research director with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) in Paris, before spending three years in Myanmar (Burma) with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Terry holds a Ph.D. in international relations and political science from the Australian National University and is the author of Condemned to Repeat? The Paradox of Humanitarian Action (2002). She won the 2006 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.
Terry delivered the 2008 Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics in which she discussed her analysis of the ethical dimensions of the humanitarian aid system, drawing both on her book and her recent work in Myanmar and the Sudan. Watch the lecture now.
Mark Thierfelder T ‘86 and Rutgers University, JD ‘92, is a partner and a member of the Policy Committee at Dechert LLP, an international law firm with top-ranked practices in corporate and securities, complex litigation, finance and real estate, and financial services and asset management. As chair of Dechert’s global corporate and securities group and chair of the firm’s global private equity practice, he concentrates his practice on private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions (both domestic and international). He is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in these practice areas by a number of legal directories including Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and IFLR. In addition, he is a trustee, chair of institutional advancement and a member of the executive committee of the National Humanities Center, based in Research Triangle Park, a trustee, chair of the Finance Committee, Treasurer and member of the executive committee of Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey, and a member of the advisory board.
Professor of the Practice of Cultural Anthropology and Documentary Studies at Duke University
Charles D. Thompson, Jr. is Professor of the Practice of Cultural Anthropology and Documentary Studies at Duke University. He holds a Ph.D. in religion and culture from UNC-Chapel Hill, with concentrations in cultural studies and Latin American studies. He also holds an M.S. degree in Agricultural Education from NC A&T State University. His particular interests include farmworkers, immigration, agriculture, Appalachian Studies, place, and pilgrimage. His methodology includes oral history, ethnographic writing, documentary filmmaking, and collaborative community activism.
A former farmer, Thompson remains concerned about issues affecting laborers within our food system. He has written about farmworkers, and he is an advisory board member of Student Action with Farmworkers, the Duke Campus Farm, and other Duke food and agriculture initiatives.
Thompson’s current projects include a forthcoming memoir entitled, Going Over Home: A Search for Rural Justice in an Unsettled Land (Chelsea Green Press, 2019), a film about the Blue Ridge Virginia farm settlements and unsettlements entitled, Rock Castle Home, and a long-term research project on “America’s Sacred Spaces.”
Senior Research Fellow, Divinity School and Arts & Sciences, Associate Professor of the Practice of Theology, Ethics, and Global Health, Duke Divinity School
David Toole has a joint appointment in the Global Health Institute, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Divinity School. His recent courses include Global Health as a Moral Enterprise, Global Health Systems, Ethical Dimensions of Environmental Policy, Ethics and Native America, and Challenges of Living and Ethical Life. His current research centers on the role of mission hospitals in African health systems, with a particular focus on the countries of the Nile River Basin in eastern Africa. He is the author of Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo: Theological Reflections on Nihilism, Tragedy, and Apocalypse, and is completing a manuscript titled What Are People For? Questions Concerning What It Means to Be Human. In addition to his teaching and his research, he serves as Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Initiatives in the Divinity School and co-directs THE PLANET Project in the Kenan Institute for Ethics.
Tra Tran is the Program Director of the Human Rights Center. She manages two vertically integrated research programs, the Kenan Refugee Project (KRP) and the Last Girl Project (LGP). KRP examines the contemporary dynamics of displacement, working with refugee and asylum seeking communities globally. LGP focuses on examining the drivers of domestic minor sex trafficking, working to understanding this problem to inform policies on all levels of governance.
Tra started working with the Kenan Institute for Ethics as an undergraduate, traveling to Jordan collecting life stories with refugees through the Duke Immerse program in 2014. After graduating Duke with a double major in psychology and cultural anthropology, she worked as a research associate for KRP and completed a master’s of science at DGHI before returning to the Kenan Institute as the Program Director of the Human Rights Center. She’s interested in the intersections of trauma, child development, resilience, governance, and resilience on all levels of life, from the individual to the multi-lateral.
Isak is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Duke University specializing in Political Theory with a secondary specialization in Law and Politics. His dissertation, situated at the intersection of political philosophy, religious studies, and comparative political theory, intervenes in ongoing debates about civil disobedience and social and political pluralism. More broadly, his research and teaching interests include modern and contemporary political theory, religion(s) and politics, post-colonial political theory, and civic education. His work has appeared or is forthcoming inPerspectives on Politics and Comparative Political Studies. He also co-authored a chapter in an edited volume on popular education, Awakening Democracy Through Public Work: Pedagogies of Empowerment.
Zimife Umeh is a PhD candidate in the sociology department. She received a B.S. in Finance and B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Her current research examines the collateral consequences of incarceration. In her dissertation, she looks specifically at the reentry experiences of formerly incarcerated mothers. She explores what types of institutions mothers engage with and what type they avoid following their release from prison. She also examines how their roles as caregivers, their relationships with their children, and relationships with their children’s caregivers (while they were incarcerated) shape their decisions to engage or avoid institutions. Finally, she examines the approaches used when engaging with institutions, and racial differences in utilized strategies.