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Christie Hartley

Associate Professor    

Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Michigan, 2005
B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998


Social and Political Philosophy; Ethics; Feminist Philosophy


Affiliate Faculty, Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics
Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Christie Hartley specializes in moral and political philosophy and feminist theory. Her current research concerns disability and justice, contractualism, political liberalism and equal citizenship. With respect to disability and justice, she is interested in the construction of theories of justice which are properly inclusive of individuals with impairments and, especially, the extent to which contractualists can address matters of justice relating to disability. She argues that contractualists can not only recognize that almost all individuals with impairments have claims of justice but, also, can offer a particularly attractive theory. Work on this project has led her to investigate the particular conception of reciprocity at the heart of contractualist theory.

With Lori Watson (University of San Diego), she is also working on certain challenges to political liberalism, including that accepting the core tenets of political liberalism is incompatible with the faith of many religious persons and that political liberalism cannot secure substantive equality for women and other marginalized groups. They argue that given an appropriate conception of public reason and reciprocity, these criticisms can be shown to be misguided. In connection with their interest in equal citizenship, they have written on political liberalism, marriage and the family.