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Alisa L Carse


Associate Professor
Faculty Affiliate, Kennedy Institute of Ethics


Department of Philosophy
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Alisa L. Carse, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Faculty Affiliate of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. She has served as the James F. Slevin Senior Fellow for Teaching and Pedagogy at the Center for Social Justice, Research, Teaching and Service (2007– 2010) and as a Visiting Scholar (2000) and Senior Research Fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics (1989-2001). Her teaching and research are centered in moral philosophy, social and political theory, moral psychology, and gender theory. Her current research explores cultural, moral, and political subordination and its antidotes. She is interested in particular in exploring the repercussions of subordination for individual and group identity, effective moral agency, and – correlatively – how we best conceive the nature and limits of liberty. In a related series of projects, she is examining the role of key affiliative virtues (e.g., empathy, imagination, trust and trustworthiness, respectful curiosity) in achieving justice, individual moral resilience, and morally healthy forms of sociality and solidarity.


  • Ph.D. (1991) University of Pittsburgh, Philosophy
  • B.A. (1981) Oberlin College, Philosophy (with History minor)


  • French (read)
  • German (speak, read, write)