Mathias Risse

Mathias Risse

Co-Director, Graduate Fellowship Program
Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School
Mathias Risse

Professor Risse is the Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration at Harvard Kennedy School. He works primarily 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. Among his publications are "On the Morality of Immigration" (Ethics & International Affairs 2008), "Fairness in Trade I: Obligations from Trading and the Pauper Labor Agreement" (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, 2007) and "How Does the Global Order Harm the Poor? (Philosophy and Public Affairs, 2005). His books On Global Justice and Global Political Philosophy were both published in 2012.

Professor 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 BA, BS and MS in mathematics from Bielefeld, and his MA and PhD 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.

Professor Risse was a Faculty Fellow in Ethics in 2003-2004 and became a Faculty Associate of the Ethics Center at the end of that year. In 2014, Risse joined the Center's Faculty Committee.

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