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OUR TEAM

We have more than 80 affiliated faculty from 27 departments exploring social justice issues from a variety of perspectives. We invite all interested researchers to join our team. 

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Co-Directors


Pablo Gilabert

Pablo Gilabert

Professor, Department of Philosophy
Acting Director, Social Justice Centre (2020)
Co-Director of the Ethics and Politics axis, Centre de recherche en éthique (CRÉ)

Specialization: Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

Pablo Gilabert did his PhD in philosophy at the New School for Social Research in 2003. He is currently doing research on social justice, human rights, and the role of the concept of feasibility in moral and political reasoning (including the consequences for the relation between “ideal” and “nonideal theory”).

His research and teaching interests also include topics in global justice, distributive justice, democratic theory, contractualist theories in normative ethics, the Frankfurt School tradition of critical theory, Kant’s practical philosophy, Marxism and socialism, and the history of moral and political philosophy.

He has been an HLA Hart Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, a DAAD Fellow at the University of Frankfurt, a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Montreal, and a Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

His papers appeared in journals such as The Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Theory, The Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies, Kant-Studien, Kantian Review, Human Rights Quarterly, and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, among others. He is the author of two books on social justice: From Global Poverty to Global Equality. A Philosophical Exploration (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Human Dignity and Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Katharina Nieswandt

Katharina Nieswandt

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
Acting Director, Social Justice Centre (2019)

Specialization: Metaethics, Political Theory, Normative Ethics

Katharina Nieswandt finished her PhD in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 and then did a postdoc at Stanford's Center for Ethics in Society. She also holds a Diplom (German MSc) in psychology.

Prof. Nieswandt researches the following questions: 

  1. Do moral rights exist by nature or by social convention?
  2. What is the relation between the common good and one's personal good?
  3. What is the relation between acting well and being well, i.e., between character and happiness?
  4. What characterizes a fair practice of private property?

Her current research projects include:

  • Articles on the relation between virtue and happiness, on basic income and merit, and on the question how social constructivism would accommodate universal rights.
  • A book manuscript that develops a contemporary Aristotelian theory of political institutions.
  • A series of empirical surveys testing various causal hypotheses of why so few women enroll in philosophy. (Together with Ulf Hlobil, philosophy, and Kristen Dunfield, psychology.)
 

Coordinator


Christiane Bailey

Christiane Bailey


As the coordinator of the Centre, Christiane Bailey is helping faculty members whose research focuses on social justice issues.

She is also a PhD Candidate in Philosophy at Université de Montréal and a fellow at Wesleyan University (Connecticut) in the Animals and Society Fellowship program (ASI-WAS). She gives talks on ecofeminism, critical animal studies, the political repression of environmental and animal rights activists, the environmental impact of livestock and fisheries, and the history of women in the animal rights and environmental movements.

Apart from her role as coordinator of the Social Justice Centre, Christiane is doing research on feminist approaches in animal and environmental ethics and politics. She is a member of the GRÉÉA, Groupe de recherche en éthique animale et environnementale, at the Centre de recherche en éthique (CRÉ).

She recently published La philosophie à l’abattoir. Réflexions sur le bacon, l’empathie et l’éthique animale avec Jean-François Labonté aux éditions Atelier 10. The book led to a series of conferences in Cégeps as well as media coverage:

  • Interview with Serge Bouchard and Jean-Philippe Pleau, Radio-Canada, émission “C’est fou”, épisode du 24 février 2019.
  • Interview with Catherine Dubé, “La révolution végane”, L’actualité, vol. 44, no. 2, février 2019.
  • Interview with Véronique Leduc, “Peut-on manger de la viande de façon éthique?”, Le Devoir, 9 mars 2019.

In February 2019, La Presse reprinted the introduction of the book in the online edition.

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