Mathias Risse

Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Office Address
Rubenstein-209
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 14
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact
Phone: 617-495-9811
Email: mathias_risse@harvard.edu
Assistant
Derya Honca (617-495-1923)
Mathias Risse

Profile

Mathias Risse is Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy. He works mostly in social and political philosophy and in ethics. His primary research areas are contemporary political philosophy (in particular questions of international justice, distributive justice, and property) and decision theory (in particular, rationality and fairness in group decision making, an area sometimes called analytical social philosophy.) His articles have appeared in journals such as Ethics; Philosophy and Public Affairs; Nous; the Journal of Political Philosophy; and Social Choice and Welfare. Risse studied philosophy, mathematics, and mathematical economics at the University of Bielefeld, the University of Pittsburgh, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Princeton University. He received his BA, BS and MS in mathematics from Bielefeld, and his MA and PhD in philosophy from Princeton. Before coming to Harvard he taught in the Department of Philosophy and the Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale. His books On Global Justice and Global Political Philosophy were both published in 2012.

Courses

Not Offered

  • IGA-304 Human Rights and International Politics

Research

For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the Harvard Kennedy School Research Report Online.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Risse, Mathias, and Gabriel Wollner. "Critical Fairness in Practice: A Social Notice of Aaron James, Contract for a Global Economy." Canadian Journal of Philosophy 43.3 (2013): 382-401.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Risse, Mathias. "From Third World to First - What's Next? Singapore’s Obligations to the Rest of the World From a Human Rights Perspective." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-007, February 2014.
    • Risse, Mathias. "Taking up Space on Earth: Theorizing Territorial Rights, the Justification of States and Immigration from a Global Standpoint." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-008, February 2014.
    • Risse, Mathias. "On the Significance of Humanity’s Collective Ownership of the Earth for Immigration." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-009, February 2014.
    • Risse, Mathias. "Thinking About Justice." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-010, February 2014.
    • Risse, Mathias, and Gabriel Wollner. "Three Images of Trade: On the Place of Trade in a Theory of Global Justice." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-011, February 2014.