Former Junior Faculty Fellows

Michael Kates
Michael Kates
(Faculty Fellow 2015-2016)

Michael Kates is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Saint Joseph's University. Prior to this appointment, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethics At Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Program in Politics, Philosophy, and Law at the University of Virginia. In Spring 2017, he was a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at MIT. He has a broad range of research and teaching interests in political philosophy and business ethics (in particular, intergenerational justice, poverty, inequality, immigration, and the ethics of sweatshops in the developing world). He is currently writing on the topic of exploitation and labor justice. His work has been published in journals such as Philosophy & Public Affairs, Journal of Political Philosophy, Business Ethics Quarterly, Social Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Ethics, and Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, and has been reprinted in the edited volume                                                                         Philosophy, Politics, and Economics: An Anthology, published by Oxford University Press. 


Abraham Singer
(Faculty Fellow 2015-2016)

Abraham Singer is Assistant Professor of Management at Loyola University's Chicago Quinlan School of Business where he teaches business ethics. As a political theorist by training and a business ethicist by trade, his research and teaching focuses on the relationships between these two fields: how our political and social contexts influence (and are influenced by) our moral obligations when engaging in commercial activity. He also has research interests in theories of justice, philosophy and economics, democratic theory, the history of political thought, and theories of racial injustice. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto. 

David Faraci

David Faraci
(Faculty Fellow 2015-2017)

David Faraci was a GISME Junior Faculty fellow for two academic years, from 2015 to 2017. He is presently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Durham University in the UK. His research focuses on the related roles coincidence plays in metaethics and epistemology: knowledge requires out beliefs to be non-coincidentally true; moral worth requires our actions to be non-coincidentally right. He argues that coincidence stems from an absence of explanatory connection, and consider whether and how different epistemology and metaethical views can illuminate or at least accommodate the connections thus required for knowledge and moral worth.  He has published articles in Mind, Journal of Moral Philosophy, and Philosophical Studies, among others.  He received a PhD in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University in 2012. 

Govind Persad

Govind Persad
(Faculty Fellow 2015-2016)

Govind Persad is an assistant professor at Colorado University's Sturm College of Law. He was previously an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and in the Berman Institute of Bioethics at JHU. His research interests include the ethical and legal dimensions of health insurance, health care financing (both domestic and international), and markets in health care services, as well as the ethics and regulation of medical research. He also has research interests in the ethical and legal issues presented by social and economic mobility. He received a J.D. and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University.

Thomas Mulligan
(Faculty Fellow 2016-2018)

Thomas Mulligan was a faculty fellow at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business for two academic years, from 2016 to 2018.  He conducts research in epistemology and political philosophy. In his new book, Justice and the Meritocratic State, he advances a theory of distributive justice grounded in the idea that people ought to get the things that they deserve. In a meritocracy, equal opportunity is established through the redistribution of undeserved wealth and public spending on children; wealth and income reflect citizens’ productive contributions and not their family circumstances or their ability to extract economic rents; and jobs are distributed strictly on the basis of merit. Mulligan's work has appeared in Ethics, Political Theory, Synthese, and other journals. Before entering academia, he served in the U.S. Navy and the Central Intelligence Agency. 

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Justin Tosi
(Faculty Fellow 2017-2018)

Justin Tosi was a faculty fellow at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University during the 2017-2018 academic year. He specializes in moral, legal, and political philosophy. Tosi was previously a postdoctoral research fellow in the Philosophy Department at the University of Michigan, and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 2015. His work has appeared in Philosophy & Public Affairs, Legal Theory, and Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, among other venues. He is currently writing a book, Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk, with Brandon Warmke, under contract with Oxford University Press.

Harrison Frye
(Faculty Fellow 2018-2019)

Harrison Frye was a Junior Faculty Fellow with the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics. He received a A.B. from Princeton, and an M.A. and PhD in Politics from the University of Virginia. His research focuses on the relationship between social norms and freedom and the place of community in the market. His work has been published in journals such as Politics Philosophy and Economics and Economics and Philosophy.  He was previously a lecturer at Princeton University and Rutgers University before coming to Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, where he teaches a course titled "Social Responsibilities of Business." Starting Fall 2019, he will be an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia.

Luke Semrau

Luke Semrau is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.  A graduate of Vanderbilt University (PhD Philosophy 2016), and Tufts (MA Philosophy 2011), Luke's research interest span all areas of moral philosophy, including normative theory, meta-ethics, and applied ethics. He's currently pursuing research into the ethics of commodification, particularly the moral status of kidney markets. He's also coauthoring a book on contemporary debates about Utilitarianism. 


Luke's work appears, among other places, in Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Public Affairs Quarterly, and Bioethics. He has coauthored papers, among other places, in Australasian Journal of PhilosophyJournal of Applied Philosophy, and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice


Ben Bronner

Ben Bronner is a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Strategic Management & Public Policy at the George Washington University School of Business, where he teaches courses on business ethics. He holds a PhD in philosophy from Rutgers University and has published articles on ethics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language.