Judith Lichtenberg


Director, Graduate Admissions


Department of Philosophy
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Judith Lichtenberg is Professor of Philosophy and Affiliate Professor of Government at Georgetown University. Previously she taught at the University of Maryland, where she held a joint appointment in the Department of Philosophy and the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy. She has written about international and domestic justice, moral psychology, nationalism, war, and higher education. Currently she is writing about crime, punishment, and mass incarceration, and is teaching an ethics course at Jessup Correctional Institution in Maryland; she also serves on the advisory board of Georgetown’s new Prisons and Justice Initiative. Her book Distant Strangers: Ethics, Psychology, and Global Poverty was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. With Robert Fullinwider, she coauthored Leveling the Playing Field: Justice, Politics, and College Admissions (2004); she edited Democracy and the Mass Media (1990). She has held visiting appointments at Dartmouth College, the University of Melbourne, Harvard, and Yale. In 2005-06 she was a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center and in 2011 at Hebrew University’s Institute for Advanced Studies; in 2012-13 she taught at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London. She is currently chair of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee for the Defense of the Professional Rights of Philosophers. For more information go to Lichtenberg’s personal webpage.