Her research interests are focused on the mitigation of sexual violence within institutions. Specifically, she aims to determine the role of the institution in holding its members accountable when they have committed acts of sexual violence. More broadly, she is concerned with the practical application of theories of justice and the balance of competing rights.
He is working on a PhD dissertation centered around ideas of travel and education in Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels”. The dissertation also engages Locke’s theory of Liberal education and Montesquieu’s “Persian Letters” (1693) as part of a broader discussion of relativism and natural universalism amidst travel and cross-cultural encounters. Beyond this, he is generally interested in the early Counter-Enlightenment, Political Theology and the history of Political Thought in Ireland in the long Eighteenth-Century.
Alec Crisman (Political Science, McGill)
He is a second-year student in Political Theory at McGill. His research interests include classical liberal thought, conceptions of social justice, and identifying areas of potential conflict and conversation between the two. He is also interested in boundary-crossing work between political theory and other political science subfields.
Frédérick Armstrong (Philosophy, McGill)
His research follows two lines of inquiry: (1) What is vulnerability and how should we use this concept in normative and applied political theory? (2) What is the point of multicultural policies and who should count as a subject of multiculturalism? Each research question relates to a rather circumscribed debate in contemporary political philosophy, but my goal is to treat them together. This means that the conceptual and normative insights developed in my research on vulnerability feed into the normative and political commitments defended in my research on multiculturalism, and vice versa.
His current research focuses on Harry Frankfurt’s writings and their reception. It seeks to demonstrate that it is more appropriate to see its hierarchical approach as a theory of agency, and that it is not as defective as it is claimed.
Aberdeen Berry (Political Science, McGill)
She is a fifth-year student in Political Theory at McGill. Her areas of interest include feminist and liberal theory. Her dissertation focuses on oppression grounded in social identity, and developing tools to critique this sort of oppression when people disagree about what constitutes oppression and what the state can legitimately do about it.
He studies the history of philosophy, with a focus on early modern philosophy. In particular, he is interested in how Benedict de Spinoza’s metaphysics underpins and informs his political philosophy. He is also interested, more generally, in questions surrounding the notion of ideology and how the concept of truth operates in political discourse.
His research interests cover political theory, ethic and philosophy of law.
He is particularly interested in the application of theories of relational autonomy and relational equality at the international level.
He has a wide-ranging interests in Kant, but in his current work he deals primarily with the intersection of his metaphysics/philosophy of mind and aesthetics. His dissertation project focuses on issues arising from his theory of judgment. He is also working on project involving the reception of Kant in 20th century Continental political theory, with thinkers such as Arendt, Habermas, and Gadamer.
Nikolas Hamm (Philosophy, McGill)
His research focuses on moral character, the possibility and method of its cultivation, and its role in social and political life. He focuses mainly on character in early modern philosophy (primarily in Kant), but is also interested in contemporary notions of character as well as its relation to virtue in ancient philosophy.
His research is informed by the question of whether absolute sovereignty is a necessary part of nation-state legitimacy. If this turns out to be the case, then the Westphalian state must be illiberal in its approach to national pluralism and devolved authority. This may indicate a need to reassess how liberal states can claim legitimacy apart from their status as sovereign nations.
His interests are in the history of western political thought, focusing on ideas of human freedom, with concentration on early Modern formulations of popular sovereignty. His dissertation examines the political problem of pride in Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau, revealing the shared principles behind their (surprisingly) similar diagnosis and prescriptions.
His research investigates the relation between moral motivation and political stability. His account of moral motivation focuses on religious motivation. Specifically, he examines religious reasons (or opinions) as a class of motivating reasons for political action. He conducts his research through the study of three philosophers: Rawls, Hobbes and Averroes.
His primary research interests are situated at the intersection of political philosophy and social ontology. The central argument developed in his dissertation is that certain groups can qualify as (collective) agents and that their qualifying as agents means that their agency can be thwarted through interference, domination or oppression.
Her research focuses on conceptions of human subjectivity and “animality” (and especially on the distinction between the two). She is particularly interested in contemporary attempts to recast non-human animals as proper objects of moral and political concern, and to re-articulate questions of inter-species relations in terms of questions of inter-species justice
Muhammad Velji (Philosophy, McGill)
He does political philosophy using feminist but also both analytic and 20th Century continental philosophy.
Dissertation title: The Philosophy of Piety: How Muslim Women who Veil Allow us to Rethink Automaticity, Agency, Adaptive Preferences, and Autonomy
Her research interests are History of Political Theory, Feminist Political Theory and Gender, Race and Political Theory, Emotion and Politics and Normative Political Theory with those who struggle.
He is a PhD student in Political Science at McGill. His research focuses on the history of political thought and liberal thought, especially French liberalism, as well as normative interests in pluralism, federalism, and the relationship between religion and politics.
He is interested in the history of political thought with a specific focus on ancient Greek and early modern period. Currently, he is working on the theory of sovereignty and the theory of (commercial) sociability in the 17th and 18th century.
He is interested in radical democracy, and post-Marxism.
His research attempts to envisage the notion of collectivity in a way that it is conducive to promoting equality as well as freedom of individuals in the liberal democracy.
His research focuses on the links between the development of multiculturalism, colonialism and imperialism during the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century in political philosophy.
He has also worked on different projects in cultural history.
He is interested in moral and political philosophy and, more specifically, in secularization, secularism, the state, collective rights and the question of the good life. His thesis, The Sense of the State in Secular Age: Outline of a Meaningful State, tries to answer the question of whether the liberal democratic state can be, in a secular society, a source of meaning, in the sense of good life.
The main interest of his research is neoliberalism as the political rationality and normative order of reason and its effects on society. How neoliberal system of values creates favorable conditions for extreme authoritarian regimes.
He is interested in the philosophy of economics, particularly with regard to the links that can be drawn between concepts used in economics and public policies.
His current research focuses on the intersection of the concept of efficiency and responsible investment.
His research focuses on business.
He explores the links between different conceptions of freedom, the form of business and justice.
Taher Saaz (Political Science, UdM)
Through an analysis of public discourse around the ban on burqas in Switzerland and Quebec, her thesis aims to show how public integration philosophies within these countries have evolved to exclude more Muslim minorities.
She works in the ethics of sexuality on issues affecting people on the margins of society, mainly women and ethnocultural minorities. She pays particular attention to the theory of epistemic injustice by Miranda Fricker (2007), at the confluence of feminist ethics and epistemology.
Her research topic focuses on the problem posed by the suffering of wildlife in animal ethics. She is interested in the tension that remains between our prima facie duties of intervention that seem to stem from the thesis that animals are subjects of moral consideration and secondly, our strong intuition of “letting go” when it comes to the wilderness.
Frederick Armstrong (Philosophy, McGill)
Aberdeen Berry (Political Science, McGill)
Andrée-Anne Cormier (Philosophie, Montréal)
Cameron Cotton-O’Brien (Political Science, McGill)
Yasmeen Daher (Philosophie, Montréal)
Cameron Fleming (Political Science, McGill)
Eli Friedland (Political Science, Concordia)
Fabian Garcia (Philosophie, Montréal)
Kieran Jimenez (Political Science, McGill)
Christian Jobin (Philosophie, Montréal)
Jimmy Lim (Political Science, McGill)
Eliot Litalien (Philosophy, McGill)
Benoît Morisette (Sciences Politique, Montréal)
Martin McCallum (Political Science, McGill)
Margaux Ruellan (Philosophie, Montréal)
Derval Ryan (Political Science, McGill)
Mariangela Tobbia (Philosophie, Montréal)
Muhammed Velji (Philosophy, McGill)
Agnès Berthelot Raffard
Duncan Hart Cameron
Martin McCallum Erica Rayment