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  Department of Philosophy
  Helen C. White Hall
  600 N. Park Street
  Madison, WI 53706

I am the Emma Goldman (WARF) Professor of Philosophy in the Philosophy Department at University of Wisconsin, Madison, with teaching affiliations in Women's Studies, Jewish Studies, Environmental Studies, and LGBT Studies.

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  • My research interests are in ethics and social philosophy, including normative ethical theory; feminist ethics; environmental ethics; theories of justice, of punishment, and of evil; and the ethics of Kant, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche.
  • My books include Confronting Evils: Terrorism, Torture, Genocide (Cambridge 2010), Genocide's Aftermath: Responsibility and Repair , ed. with Armen Marsoobian (Blackwell 2007); The Cambridge Companion to  Simone de Beauvoir, ed. (2003); The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evil (Oxford 2002); On Feminist Ethics and Politics, ed. (Kansas 1999); The Unnatural Lottery: Character and Moral Luck (Temple 1996); Lesbian Choices (Columbia 1995); and Feminist Ethics, ed. (Kansas 1991).
  •  Recent professional activities include President of the American Philosophical Association Central Division, 2010-11 (address delivered April 2011; published in APA Proceedings Nov. 2011); John Dewey Lecture (delivered April 2008; published in the APA Proceedings Nov. 2008); Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities (UW-Madison), 2002-2007; organized Burdick-Vary conference on evil (IRH UW-Madison, 2007); conference on Kant in an Age of Terrorism (co-organized with Prof. Klaus Berghahn, German Dept, 2004).
  • Courses I teach include Philosophy 241 (Introductory Ethics); 104 (First Year Seminar); 341 (Contemporary Moral Philosophy); 439 (American Philosophy); 442 (Moral Philosophy and the Holocaust, cross-listed with Jewish Studies); Philosophy543 (variable content: Kant's Ethics; The Ethics of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche; Crime and Punishment; Theories of Justice; Theories of Evil); 549 (Great Moral Philosophers); and graduate seminars in ethics and social philosophy.
  • Currently I am at work on the third volume of what is turning out to be a trilogy on evil. This third volume is on surviving atrocities. I have drafted chapters on surviving long-term mass atrocities, surviving poverty, and surviving global and local misogyny.