About CGEP

Originally at George Mason University and later Temple University, in 2009 Dist. Prof. Carol Gould reestablished The Center for Global Ethics & Politics at the Ralph Bunche Institute. The Center explores the ethics of globalization and the development of more effective transnational understanding and cooperation to deal with vexing issues of poverty, ethnic and cultural conflicts, and environmental degradation. The center’s research and colloquia seek to clarify key value questions that confront contemporary societies, including the requirements of global justice; the meaning and scope of human rights; new forms of cosmopolitan democracy; intercultural perspectives on ethics; strengthened institutions of global governance; and more effective transnational forms of democracy and solidarity. The Center’s Director, Professor Carol C. Gould, is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and in the PhD programs in Philosophy and Political Science at the Graduate Center of CUNY, as well as Editor ofThe Journal of Social Philosophy.

CGEP at the Ralph Bunche Institute:

The Center for Global Ethics & Politics furthers CUNY’s focus on globally oriented research and education and on public outreach to the greater New York community. It attempts to bring needed attention to the values and norms that inevitably play a role in the search for knowledge and the devising of public policy. It is designed to help students and faculty to become aware of the social and personal benefits and costs of information and other technologies and the ethical issues that sometimes attend the practical applications of human knowledge, and will perhaps motivate them to include these considerations in their own theses and scholarly research where relevant. The emphasis on global human rights brings attention to human needs and to the way our knowledge and research can serve them or fail to do so. Questions of normative issues in global affairs also have practical effects in the development of new transnational linkages and democratic forms of cross-border communication. Finally, the emphasis on cross-cultural dialogue aims to contribute to CUNY’s leadership in the area of diversity and the appreciation of the contributions of different cultural traditions.

CGEP Collaborators

Director: Carol C. Gould, Distinguished Professor, Philosophy and Political Science, The Graduate Center and Hunter College, CUNY.

Philosophy Program Executive Officer: Prof. Nicholas Pappas, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Political Science Program Executive Officer: Prof. Alyson Cole, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

 

CGEP Fellows

Sumru Atuk
Senior Fellow and Center Assistant, Advanced Doctoral Student, Political Science Program, Graduate Center, CUNY

Sumru is completing her doctorate—“The Politics of Femicide: ‘Woman’ Making and Women Killing in Turkey,” supported by grants from the Mellon Foundation and AAUW—in political science and women’s and gender studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the Senior Research Fellow and Center Assistant at CGEP. She can be reached at satuk@gradcenter.cuny.edu.

 

 

Emily Crandall
Fellow and Videographer, PhD, Political Science Program, Graduate Center, CUNY

Emily holds a PhD in Political Theory and Women and Gender Studies from the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation, “Imagined Futures: Feminist Science Studies in an Era of Climate Change Denial,” has been supported by fellowships from the Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies, the Committee for the Study of Religion, and the Center for Global Ethics and Politics.

 

Paul Butterfield
Fellow, ARC supported project on cross-cultural contexts of humor, Doctoral Student, Philosophy Program, Graduate Center, CUNY

Paul is interested in the ethics of speech and humor – and, especially, the circumstances under which an instance of humor might qualify as hate speech.

 

 

Joshua Keton
ARC and Graduate Fellow, Philosophy Program, Graduate Center, CUNY

 

Jonathan Kwan
Advanced Doctoral Student, Philosophy Program, Graduate Center, CUNY

 

Jonathan Kwan is a philosophy Ph.D. candidate at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His research primarily lies in social and political philosophy and intersects with environmental and indigenous philosophy. Jonathan’s dissertation, entitled “The Social Ontology of the People,” develops an eco-political account of the people in order to inform the issues of indigenous territorial rights, structural racist domination, and immigration controls. In his efforts to contribute to cross-cultural and comparative approaches to philosophy, Jonathan also has interests in Chinese and Buddhist philosophy. Jonathan has taught widely at various campuses across CUNY including Hunter College, Brooklyn College, Baruch College, and LaGuardia Community College. In addition to serving as a fellow at the Center for Global Ethics and Politics, Jonathan is also a Mellon Humanities Alliance Teaching Fellow, a Communication Fellow at the Schwartz Communication Institute, and a fellow at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. He also serves as the Associate Managing Editor for the Journal of Social Philosophy.

 

Alex R. Steers-McCrum
Doctoral Student, Philosophy Program, Graduate Center, CUNY

Alex focuses on social and political philosophy, especially Indigenous and critical race theory, sovereignty, democracy, and the environment.

 

 

 

 

Jesse Spafford
Doctoral Student, Philosophy Program, Graduate Center, CUNY

Jesse’s research focuses on debates between libertarians, socialists, and anarchists over the moral status of the market and the state.

 

 

 

 

Kamran Moshref
Doctoral Student, Political Science Program, Graduate Center, CUNY

 Kamran Moshref is a doctoral student in Political Science, researching questions of collective subjectivity, constituent power, and globalization in both Political Theory and among social movements. 

 

 

 

Lauren Abruzzo
Doctoral Student, Philosophy Program, Graduate Center, CUNY

Lauren is a first-year philosophy PhD student. Her research interests are in social/political philosophy, philosophy of gender and sexuality, and social epistemology. She grew up in Denver, Colorado, and attended Northwestern University for her bachelor’s degree and the University of Birmingham in the UK for her master’s degree. 

 

Zoë Cunliffe 
Doctoral Student, Philosophy Program, Graduate Center, CUNYZoë is a doctoral student in Philosophy. Her research interests lie at the intersection of aesthetics, ethics, and social and political philosophy. Her dissertation focuses on narratives of and about marginalized groups, and explores their moral and political uses.

 

 

 

Asher Wycoff
Doctoral Student, Political Science Program, Graduate Center, CUNY

Asher Wycoff is a doctoral fellow in Political Science at the Graduate Center, CUNY and an adjunct instructor at Brooklyn and Lehman Colleges. His current research examines critical deployments of eschatological tropes in liberal political thought.

 

 

 

Callum MacRae
Doctoral Student, Philosophy Program, Graduate Center, CUNY

Callum MacRae is a doctoral student in Philosophy at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His interests include: Aesthetics, Ethics, Metaphysics, and Social and Political Philosophy, particularly the nature and history of socialism and its relationship with liberalism.

 

 

 

 

Gregory Slack
Advanced Doctoral Student, Philosophy Program, Graduate Center, CUNY

Gregory Slack is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. His interests include social and political philosophy, the history of philosophy, history and philosophy of science, and the philosophy of race. His current research centers on the viability of Marxism as a theoretical framework for understanding black radicalism and struggles for liberation.

 

 

Jeremy Kane
Doctoral Student, Philosophy Program, Graduate Center, CUNY

Jeremy Kane is a graduate student in the philosophy Ph.D. program at the Graduate Center. He works on the philosophies of Kant, Hegel, and Marx, with a focus on how each conceives of reason and freedom. He is interested in contemporary work being done on normativity, social pathology, markets, collective action, and moral progress.