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 directs the Kenan Refugee Project and DukeEngage Dublin. 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
Faria Abedin is Managing Partner of Abedin Enterprises. She has been involved in numerous philanthropic and community outreach efforts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Women for Women International and the Board of Directors of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. In addition, she serves on the NJ Homeland Security Interfaith Advisory Council. Ms. Abedin holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband and three children.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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
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 freshman 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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. Her current work involves comparative investigations into the implementation of human rights standards in Asian jurisdictions. Most recently this project has included research into human rights issues related to appropriations of land without adequate notice or compensation to affected populations, i.e. the “land grab” issue. Juliette, who is especially interested in the gendered implications of human rights violations, has previously worked on women and inheritance in colonial Asia, and proportionality and gender equality adjudication in India. She has an MA in Asian Studies from Stanford, a JD from the University of Chicago Law School, and a PhD. in Law from the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law.
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Emily Dubie is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Religion, with a focus in Christian ethics. Her research examines the moral perplexities and emotional fatigue of providing care within bureaucratic settings. She is especially interested in how Christian social workers draw upon religious beliefs and practices as they distribute social services across asymmetries of power. Emily received a MTS from the University of Notre Dame in moral theology and a BA from Saint Anselm College in international relations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Associate Professor in Sociology and the Kenan Institute for Ethics
Kieran Healy is associate 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.
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.
Visiting Faculty (Spring 2019), Kenan Institute for Ethics
Margaret Hu is an Associate Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. 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.
Thomas Huck is a first-year 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.
Carolyn Huynh a sophomore 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.
JJ is a Freshman from Toronto, Canada (where they don't live in igloos), with the tentative, unofficial majors of Economics, Computer Science and taking an excessive amount of Buzzfeed quizzes. Outside of analyzing the meaning of her horoscope (Pisces) and Myers-Briggs results (ENTP), she loves watching crime TV shows, making typography posters and browsing through 8tracks for new music. You can also find her scribbling stories in the middle of Perkins, looking for hidden gems at the thrift store and attempting to cook without burning down the kitchen.
Mari Jørstad provides support for Facing the Anthropocene, a project under the Ethics and Environmental Policy program area. She is originally from Norway and spent a decade in Canada, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in art & art history and political science and an MA in religion before coming to Duke to work toward a PhD studying the Hebrew Bible.
Lauren Katz is the Stephen and Janet Bear Postgraduate Fellow in Ethics at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She is deeply interested in women's and children's rights. She holds a BA in Political Science, a certificate in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and a minor in Women's Studies.
Earlier entries were authored by:
Cece Mercer, Bear Postgraduate Fellow from 2015-2016;
Michaela Dwyer, Bear Postgraduate Fellow from 2013-2015; and
Nathan Nye, a Bear Postgraduate Fellow in 2013-2014.
Entries from August 2012-June 2013 were written by alumna Rachel Revelle.
Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy; Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Judith Kelley is Dean of the Sanford School for Public Policy; Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Political Science; and Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Kelley’s work focuses on how states, international organizations and NGOs can promote domestic political reforms in problem states, and how international norms, laws and other governance tools influence state behavior. Substantively, her work addresses human rights and democracy, international election observation, and human trafficking. Past work has focused on the International Criminal Court, the European Union and other international organizations. Details on her election monitoring project are on the web at Project on International Election Monitoring. Her newest work focuses on the global fight against human trafficking. She is leading a major research project to study the effectiveness of the diplomacy of the United States on human trafficking. She is the PI on a grant from the National Science Foundation for this project. Her work has been published by Princeton University Press, and in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Common Market Studies. Her book, Monitoring Democracy: When International Election Observation Works and Why It Often Fails (Princeton 2012) was “One of Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013” and also received the Chadwick F. Alger Prize, which is awarded by the International Studies Association to recognize the “best book published in the previous calendar year on the subject of international organization and multilateralism.”
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Durham, NC 27708-0120
Chris Kennedy is a PhD candidate in Political Science, specializing in political theory. He is interested in the political significance of the internet, especially with respect to controversies over the uses and abuses of information technology. The suspicion that the advent of the internet marks a qualitative change in the development of human affairs motivates much diagnosis but little instruction about the contemporary political moment. It is one thing to recognize new appearances to old problems, and another to regard technological change as potential guidance to different answers. Are there normative implications to recent advances in information technology? In his dissertation, Chris examines three ethical debates about the proper uses of the internet in a liberal democratic society. Each controversy reflects a basic disagreement about the appropriate domain of the public sphere: whether to accommodate electronic forms of civil disobedience, to treat digital information as intellectual property, or to sanction the act of leaking. For each issue, he engages with the work and writings of contemporary political activists—whose software development functions as a tool for political dissent—as well as canonical authors in the American political tradition, whose views about the maintenance of a liberal democratic society were tacitly shaped by their understanding of previous periods of technological change.
Rob Kight T’84, is Senior Vice President – Human Resources for Delta Air Lines. He designs compensation and benefit programs in over 65 countries to retain talent, partners with leaders throughout Delta to provide support and strengthen the company’s culture, and delivers HR service to employees across the globe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Visiting Associate Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy
Ian MacMullen, a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Visiting Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, is a political theorist whose primary research and teaching interests lie in the politics of education and of religious and cultural pluralism. He is the author of two books Civics Beyond Critics: Character Education in a Liberal Democracy (Oxford Political Theory series, Oxford University Press, 2015) explores the ways in which civic education in a liberal democracy could and should shape children’s values, beliefs, preferences, habits, identities, and sentiments; Faith in Schools? Autonomy, Citizenship, and Religious Education in the Liberal State (Princeton University Press, 2007) articulates a vision of liberal government in a multi-religious society through a consideration of the fundamental principles of public education policy.
MacMullen’s current research concerns the moral permissibility of articulating and/or acting on the basis of religious reasons in politics. He is developing a novel evaluation of the claim, frequently advanced by proponents of “public reason,” that religious arguments are unfit to justify the state’s coercive activities because these arguments depend upon beliefs whose grounds are not accessible to all citizens.
MacMullen’s teaching interests and experience also include social and distributive justice, history of political thought, political ethics, democratic theory, and rights. He received his PhD. in Political Science from Harvard University. He joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2007, received tenure in 2015, and accepted a visiting position at Duke University in 2016.
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.
Gair McCullough coordinates Reimagine Medicine and supports the Arete, Purpose, What Now, and Project Change 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 and an MA in Teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as a Master’s in Christian Practice at Duke Divinity School. She’s a devotee of the NYT Sunday crossword and the New Yorker caption contest.
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, Class of 2022, is a 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.
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 specializes in business ethics and political philosophy: his work in business ethics includes critical evaluations of stakeholder theory, corporate citizenship, corporate social responsibility, the so-called “triple bottom line”, and conflicts of interest; and his work in political philosophy includes nationalism, citizenship, constitutionalism, federalism, secession, and multiculturalism. 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. His articles have appeared in numerous journals including Ethics, Political Studies, and Business Ethics Quarterly. He previously held Chairs in Business Ethics at the Université de Montréal and the University of British Columbia, and before that taught at the University of Ottawa and the University of Western Ontario. In 2001, his 5-person MBA Core Team won the Allen Blizzard Award for Best Collaborative Teaching in Higher Education in Canada. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Trent University and a doctorate in philosophy from the London School of Economics. He is currently working on a conception of business ethics arising out of the economic and legal theory of the firm.
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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.
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.
Amber Díaz Pearson works on research and programming with the Religions and Public Life Initiative and the Kenan Graduate Fellows Program, along with survey research, data analysis, and writing for the Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility project. She also manages the KIE Campus Grants Program and the Moral Purpose Award essay competition, and is responsible for educational program assessment at the Institute. She holds a B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in Spanish from Arizona State University, and a A.M. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University.
Communications Manager, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Scott Peters is responsible for the Institute's communications and media outlets, graphic design and photography. Scott holds a BA in Political Science from North Carolina State University and comes from a career in public and private sectors spanning strategic planning, project management, and multimedia arts.
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.)
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.
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.
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 an Associate in the Business Litigation Practice Group in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. His legal practice includes breach of contract and business torts and government enforcement areas, including matters dealing with the Securities Exchange Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and U.S. sanctions.
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.
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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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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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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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 Pople For? Questions Conerning 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.
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.
Senior Fellow and Director of Worldview Lab, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Professor of Sociology
Stephen Vaisey’s research focuses on where people get their ideas about what a “good life” looks like and what it means to be a “good person,” and to determine how this shapes the choices they make. Most generally, he examines why people do the things they do, and figures out the role of culture and cognition in explaining human behavior. He has also conducted research on 1970s communes, religion, and marijuana use, educational overqualification, gene-environment interactions, and the relationship between poverty and educational aspirations, among other topics.
He is director of the Worldview Lab at the Kenan Institute, an interdisciplinary collaborative research group that brings together faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students to work on shared empirical projects. Worldview Lab's main goal is to better understand diversity in values, goals, and worldviews both internationally and within contemporary American society.
Stephen earned a BA in French and a BS in sociology from Brigham Young University, and an MA and PhD in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Rahul Vinnakota is a Managing Director of H.I.G. Capital and is responsible for all aspects of the investment process and has extensive experience advising middle market companies. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Duke and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Vinnakota sits on the boards of Digital Room, Inc. and Caraustar. He served as a member of the Duke Annual Fund Executive Committee and as co-chair of his 15th class reunion. Mr. Vinnakota lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Catherine Ward (T’18) majored in English as an undergraduate, with a minor in education and a certificate in Ethics and Society. The Kenan Institute was a core component of her undergraduate education: she participated in DukeEngage in Dublin, Citizenship Lab: Tools for Change, and the Pursuit of Purpose program. Her experiences with Kenan informed her English research, which focused on female diaspora narratives.
As a Benjamin N. Duke Scholar, Catherine learned about local roots and global mindedness. She is excited to continue probing these topics through an ethical lens while pursuing an MPhil in education (Globalisation and International Development) at the University of Cambridge as a Rotary Global Grant Scholar.
Sarah Watkins is a second-year student at Duke University originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She plans to study Psychology, Global Health, and Chemistry. She enjoys environmental sustainability, predicting The Oscars' nominees, traveling, and reading ethnographies. Sarah is excited to start her second year on Team Kenan!
Brian Weinstein is a partner in the Litigation Department at the law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell, LLP. As part of his pro bono work at the firm, Mr. Weinstein was part of the team that secured a multi-million-dollar judgment in favor of Chinese immigrants working in the restaurant industry who had been paid less than the minimum wage by their employer. Mr. Weinstein was an Angier B. Duke Scholar and holds a B.A. in English from Duke, as well as a J.D. from Yale University. He is currently serving as the co-chair for the 25th Reunion of his class at Duke. Mr. Weinstein lives in Briarcliff Manor, New York with his wife and three children.
William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law, Professor of Environmental Policy, Professor of Public Policy
Jonathan B. Wiener is Co-Director of the Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law at Duke Law School, Professor of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy, at Duke University. He is lead co-author of a report from the International Risk Governance Council, “Transatlantic Patterns of Risk Regulation: Implications for International Trade and Cooperation.”
Julie is a senior from Tampa, Florida studying public policy. Julie has participated in numerous Kenan programs, including the Ethics Focus, DukeImmerse, the Kenan Refugee Project, and Mastery. She is interested in the intersection of refugee issues, education, and child’s rights. Outside of school, Julie is an avid singer and performs with the Duke Jazz Ensemble and Small Town Records, a student-run record label. She also loves salsa dancing, binge-watching Netflix, and watching baby and dog videos.
Sara Wingrove is a third year PhD candidate in the Management & Organizations department at the Fuqua School of Business. Prior to attending Duke University, Sara received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her primary research interests explore perceptions of motivation, interpersonal goal pursuit, and knowledge overlap. Her dissertation will examine how people form meta-expectations (expectations about the expectations others hold for themselves) based on social class. Her preliminary work suggests that people expect individuals from lower socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds to expect less from themselves and to set less challenging goals for themselves. Because people expect lower SES individuals to set less challenging goals, lower SES individuals are evaluated less favorably in the context of hiring and work performance. In her dissertation, she will explore how these discriminatory assumptions about goal pursuit prevent social mobility and maintain the status quo.
Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology
Norman Wirzba is Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology at Duke Divinity School and a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. He pursues research and teaching interests at the intersections of theology, philosophy, ecology, and agrarian and environmental studies. He lectures frequently in Canada and the United States. His work focuses on understanding and promoting practices that can equip both rural and urban church communities to be more faithful and responsible members of creation. Current research is centered on a recovery of the doctrine of creation and a restatement of humanity in terms of its creaturely life.
Professor Wirzba has published The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age and Living the Sabbath: Discovering the Rhythms of Rest and Delight. His most recent books are Way of Love: Recovering the Heart of Christianity, From Nature to Creation: A Christian Vision for Understanding and Loving Our World, Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating, and (with Fred Bahnson) Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation. He also has edited several books, including The Essential Agrarian Reader: The Future of Culture, Community and the Land and The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry.
Professor Wirzba serves as general editor for the book series Culture of the Land: A Series in the New Agrarianism, published by the University Press of Kentucky, and is co-founder and executive committee member of the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology.
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Susan Fox Beischer & George D. Beischer Professor of Philosophy
David Wong is the Susan Fox Beischer and George D. Beischer Professor of Philosophy. Before he came to Duke, he was the Harry Austryn Wolfson Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University and the John M. Findlay Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Boston University.
The main subjects of his research include 1) the nature and extent of moral differences and similarities across and within societies and how these differences and similarities bear on questions about the objectivity and universality of morality; 2) the attempt to understand morality naturalistically as arising from the attempt of human beings to structure their cooperation and to convey to each other what kinds of lives they have found to be worth living; 3) the nature of conflicts between basic moral values and how these give rise to moral differences across and within societies; 4) how we attempt to deal with such conflicts in moral deliberation; 5) the relevance of comparative philosophy, especially Chinese-Western (Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism) comparative philosophy, to the above subjects; 6) whether our reasons to feel and act are based solely on what we already desire or whether reasons transcend what we desire and are used to critically evaluate and shape our desires; and 7) the extent to which a person's recognizing that she has reasons to feel and act in certain ways can enter into the constitution of her emotions and change those emotions.
His books include Moral Relativity (University of California Press, 1984) and Natural Moralities (Oxford University Press, 2006). He co-edited with Kwong-loi Shun Confucian Ethics: a Comparative Study of Self, Autonomy and Community (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Wong is co-director with Owen Flanagan of the Center for Comparative Philosophy at Duke. He is currently a member-at-large of the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association.
He received his BA from Macalester College and his PhD from Princeton University.
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Alisa Worth T’01, is Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where she utilizes extensive legal, political and public policy experience in her home state of Nevada. She previously served as Executive Director for the Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus.
Hyonjun Yun, or just Jun for short, is from South Korea. He is a first-year student at Duke, and wishes to major in public policy. A fun fact about Jun is that he doesn't consider curling to be a boring sport and really enjoys watching it!
Sara Barron Zablotney T’99, is a Partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She focuses her practice on the tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and spin-offs, both domestic and cross-border. She also advises clients on the tax aspects of securities issuances, bankruptcy and restructuring, and investment fund formation. Sara was recognized as a 2014 “Rising Star” by Law360 for Tax Law, is listed in The Legal 500 U.S., and is listed as a “Recognized Practitioner” in the Chambers USA 2017 edition.
Wen Zhou is a third year PhD student in Evolutionary Anthropology. Her work focuses on how animal conservation could help reduce dehumanization. Dehumanization is a way to degrade another human group by depriving them of characteristics which separate humans from "lower" animals. This process paves the way for prejudice, discrimination, and at its most extreme, genocide. She proposes a potential solution to dehumanization by arguing that dehumanization would lose its meaning if the society does not place a lesser value on animals relative to humans. Her dissertation research examines if encouraging people to care about animals could increase empathy toward other human groups which are perceived and treated as animals. Her work will tackle debates including origins of group-based discrimination, connections between intergroup conflicts among humans and human-animal relations, and budget conflicts over the resources spent on saving animals and used for human beings.
Sarah Bess Jones Zigler is a PhD candidate in the Marine Science and Conservation program at the Duke Marine Lab. Her background is as an environmental anthropologist and her current interests include political ecology, postcolonial theory, science and technology studies, and decolonizing methodologies. Her current research is in Rapa Nui (formerly known as Easter Island, Chile) working with indigenous social movement leaders to study how marine conservation practice can (and cannot) encompass multiple ways of knowing/being/performing what exists in ‘nature’ to be conserved. Her dissertation explores how environmental conflicts point to a politics over what exists (ontological conflict) and the denial or erasure of the ontological nature of these politics is a key limitation to the expression of indigenous rights.