Peter Higgins

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Department Head and Professor

History and Philosophy; Women's and Gender Studies Department

701A Pray Harrold


[email protected]


  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2008
  • Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies: University of Colorado at Boulder, 2008
  • MA, Philosophy: University of Colorado at Boulder, 2003
  • BA, Philosophy, University of Kansas, 2000

Interests and Expertise

Professor Higgins specializes in political philosophy, which he approaches from a feminist perspective. His work focuses on topics of global justice, international migration in particular. He is also interested in, and attempts to write about, fundamental concepts in feminist theory, such as oppression, privilege, woman, and intersectionality.

Professor Higgins’ additional areas of teaching interest include philosophy of sexuality, philosophy of law, ethics, and ancient Greek philosophy.


  • PHIL 220 Ethics
  • PHIL 225 Political Philosophy
  • PHIL/WGST 226 Feminist Theory
  • PHIL/WGST 326 Philosophy and Sexuality
  • PHIL 330 History of Philosophy: Ancient
  • PHIL 355 Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL/PLSC 413/513 Global Justice
  • PHIL/WGST 426 Topics in Gender and Philosophy
  • PHIL/WGST 526 Topics in Feminist Philosophy

Publications and Presentations

  • “Three Hypotheses for Explaining the So-Called Oppression of Men,” Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, v. 5, n. 2, July 2019. 
  • “The Rights and Duties of Immigrants in Liberal Societies,” Philosophy Compass, v. 13, n. 11, November 2018.
  • “A Feminist Approach to Immigrant Admissions,” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy v. 32, n. 3, Summer 2017.
  • “The Ethics of Immigration and the Justice of Immigration Policies,” Public Affairs Quarterly, v. 29, n. 2, April 2015.
  • Immigration Justice, Edinburgh University Press, 2013.