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Elizabeth Kiss, Director, Kenan Ethics Program and Associate Professor of the Practice of Political Science and Philosophy

Elizabeth Kiss
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Office Location:  102 West Duke Building
Office Phone:  +1 919 660 3033
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PhDOxford University1990
B.Phil.Oxford University1985
B.A.Davidson College1983

Political Theory
Research Interests: Political & Moral Philosophy, Marxism, and Feminism

Associate Professor of the Practice of Political Science and Philosophy and Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke, specializes in moral and political philosophy. Her research focuses on human rights, on the application of rights theories to issues of ethnic conflict and nationalism, and on justice in the aftermath of human rights violations. She has published on rights theory, feminist theory, moral education, and rights and ethnic politics in Central Europe. A former Rhodes Scholar, Elizabeth has held fellowships at the Harvard Program in Ethics and the Professions and at the National Humanities Center and has led a Jessie Ball DuPont faculty summer institute on Universal Human Rights in Multicultural Contexts at the National Humanities Center. Before coming to Duke she taught at Princeton University, Randolph-Macon College, and Deep Springs College. She has spoken about ethics to audiences around the country and has developed and led interactive ethics workshops for a wide array of groups, including middle-school students, undergraduates, university staff, community leaders, business people, and elected officials.


Europe • Central Europe • Philosophy • Political Science • Human Rights • Ethics

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. E. Kiss, "Democray and the Politics of Recognition", in Democracy's Edges, edited by Ian Shapiro and Casiano Hacker-Cordon (1999), Cambridge University Press
  2. E. Kiss, "Saying We're Sorry: Liberal Democracy and the Rhetoric of Collective Identity", Constellations, vol. 4 no. 3 (1998), pp. 387-398
  3. E. Kiss, "In Praise of Eccentricity: Character, Moral Education, and Democracy", in The Power of Character, edited by Michael S. Josephson and Wes Hanson (1998), pp. 327-335, Jossey-Bass
  4. E. Kiss, "Justice", in A Companion to Feminist Philosophy, edited by Alison M. Jaggar and Iris Marion Young (1998), pp. 487-499, Oxford: Blackwell
  5. E. Kiss, "Conscience and Moral Psychology: Reflections on Thomas Hill's 'Four Conceptions of Conscience'", in Integrity and Conscience, edited by Robert Adams and Ian Shapiro (1998), pp. 69-76