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Peter Higgins

Women's and Gender Studies Department Head (Interim) and Associate Professor of Philosophy

 714-A Pray Harrold



Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder (2008) 
Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies: University of Colorado at Boulder (2008) 
M.A. in Philosophy: University of Colorado at Boulder (2003)
B.A. in Philosophy, University of Kansas (2000)     

Professional Associations/Memberships

Representative Courses Taught

PHIL 220 Ethics
PHIL 225 Political Philosophy
PHIL/WGST 226 Feminist Theory
PHIL 228 Global Ethics
PHIL/WGST 326 Philosophy and Sexuality
PHIL 330 History of Philosophy: Ancient
PHIL 355 Philosophy of Law
PHIL 379 Global Justice
PHIL/WGST 426 Topics in Gender and Philosophy
PHIL/WGST 526 Topics in Feminist Philosophy


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.

Selected Publications

"A Feminist Approach to Immigrant Admissions," Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy v. 32, n. 3, Summer 2017

Review of The Ethics of Immigration by Joseph Carens, Teaching Philosophy v. 39, n. 3, September 2016

Review of Debating Brain Drain: May Governments Restrict Emigration by Gillian Brock and Michael Blake, Ethics v.126, n. 4, July 2016

“Bernie Sanders, the Koch Brothers, and Open Borders,” The Critique, January/February 2016 issue (“And Who is My Neighbor? Immigration, Human Rights & Sovereignty”)

“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.

"Review of The Metaphysics of Gender by Charlotte Witt," APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy 12:1, Fall 2012

“Immigration Justice: A Principle for Constructing Just Admissions Policies,” Social Philosophy Today, 2009

“Open Borders and the Right to Immigration,” Human Rights Review, 2008

“What is Poverty?” Global Feminist Ethics: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, 2007

“Sexual Disorientation: Moral Implications of Gender Norms,” Feminists Contest Politics and Philosophy, 2005


Immigration Justice: A Proposal for Developing Just Admissions Policies

Recent Professional Presentations

“A Feminist Approach to Immigrant Admissions,” American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Chicago, IL., March 2016; “Why People Migrate,” Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, February 2016

“Three Hypotheses for Explaining the So-Called Oppression of Men,” 32st International Social Philosophy Conference, William Jewell College, Liberty, MO., July 2015

“Immigration Policy as a Matter of Structural Justice,” American Philosophical Association, Central Division (AMINTAPHIL Group Session), St. Louis, MO., February 2015

Author Meets Critics session on Immigration Justice, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division (sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy), Philadelphia, PA., January 2015

“The Ethics of Immigration and the Justice of Immigration Policies,” at “In the Unjust Meantime: Moral and Political Philosophy after Alison Jaggar,” University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO., August 2014

“Charity, Beneficence, or Justice? Americans’ moral relation to global poverty,” EMU Honors College Star Lecture Series, Ypsilanti, November 2013

“The Intersectionality Thesis,” Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST) Bi-Annual Meeting, Tempe, AZ., October 2013

“Ethics and Immigration Policy,” EMU Honors College Star Lecture Series, Ypsilanti, 2013