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, 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

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

Peter's 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
  • PHIL 601 First Year Seminar
  • PHIL 602 Teaching Seminar and Practicum

Publications and Presentations

  • "Social Groups, Oppression, and the (Legally) Undocumented," APA Newsletter on Feminism andPhilosophy,  v. 21, n. 2, Spring 2022. 
  • “Migration Justice and Legitimacy,” Res Publica, published online November 2021:  (forthcoming in print) 
  • “Covering and the Moral Duty to Resist Oppression,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, v. 24, n.7, 2021 (published online December 2019: 
  • “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.
  • “Immigration Justice: A Principle for Constructing Just Admissions Policies,” Social Philosophy Today, v. 25, 2009.
  • “Open Borders and the Right to Immigration,” Human Rights Review, v. 9, n. 4, July-September 2008.
  • “What is Poverty?” (co-authored with Audra King and April Shaw), Global Feminist Ethics: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, eds. Peggy DesAutels and Rebecca Whisnant (New York: Rowman and Littlefield), 2008.
  • “Sexual Disorientation: Moral Implications of Gender Norms,” Feminists Contest Politics and Philosophy, eds. Lisa Gurley, Claudia Leeb, and Aloisia Moser (New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group), 2005.