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Mathias Risse

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Philosophy, Harvard University


Mathias Risse is associate professor of public policy and philosophy at Harvard University. He works mostly in social and political philosophy and in ethics. His primary research areas are contemporary political philosophy (in particular questions of international justice, distributive justice, and property) and decision theory (in particular, rationality and fairness in group decision making, an area sometimes called analytical social philosophy).

His articles have appeared in journals such as Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Nous, Journal of Political Philosophy, and Social Choice and Welfare. His essay "On the Morality of Immigration" is the subject of an exchange in Ethics & International Affairs 22, no. 3 (2008).

Risse studied philosophy, mathematics, and mathematical economics at the University of Bielefeld, the University of Pittsburgh, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Princeton University. He received his B.A., B.S., and M.S. in mathematics from Bielefeld and his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton. Before coming to Harvard he taught in the Department of Philosophy and the Program in Ethics, Politics, and Economics at Yale.

Focus: Development, Environment, Ethics, Globalization, Migration, Poverty, Trade, Germany, United States, Americas, Europe, Global

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Last Updated: Oct 06, 2010