- Office Address
- Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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
Ethics and Global Governance
Human Rights and International Politics
The Responsibilities of Public Action for International and Global Affairs
For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.
Selected Publication Citations:
- Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
Risse, Mathias. "Response to Arneson, de Bres, and Stilz."
Ethics & International Affairs 28.4 (December 2014):
Risse, Mathias. "The Human Right to Water and Common Ownership of
the Earth." Journal of Political Philosophy 22.2 (June
- 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,
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.