Stanford University

Political Science, Ethics in Society, Philosophy, and Graduate School of Education

Lead Instructor

  • Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) 63: Freedom, Equality, and Difference
  • Thinking Matters, Constituting Justice (with Pamela Karlan)
  • Thinking Matters, Justice and the Constitution (with William S. Koski)
  • Political Science 35Q: Food and Politics
  • Political Science 53N: Plato and Aristotle on Justice
  • Political Science 131: Children’s Citizenship (Cross listed in Education, American Studies, Program in Human Biology, Program in Ethics in Society)
  • Political Science 133: Ethics and Politics in Public Service (Cross listed in American Studies, Program in Ethics in Society, Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Urban Studies, Human Biology, Public Policy)
  • Political Science 132S: Theories of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector
  • Political Science 137R: Justice at Home and Abroad: Civil Rights in the 21st Century
  • Political Science 231S: Contemporary Theories of Justice
  • Political Science 334: Research Workshop on Philanthropy and Civil Society
  • Political Science 340: Graduate Seminar on Autonomy
  • Political Science 440: Political Theory Workshop, 2008-2012, 2014-present
  • Ethics in Society 190: Honors Seminar


Stanford Summer Philosophy Discovery Institute

Founder and Co-Director

1999-2004 Created and co-direct a residential summer philosophy program for high school students.

  • Provides high school students an introduction to philosophy with the long-run goal of increasing enrollment, especially minority enrollment, in college-level philosophy courses.
  • Institute attracted applicants from across the United States and from Canada, Europe, and Asia in its first year; it has quadrupled in size since 2000, and enrolled 100 students.


Hope House Scholars Program

Co-Founder and Instructor


  • Designed and helped to implement a new program to provide Humanities courses to low income members of the communities surrounding Stanford. Course began at Hope House, a residential substance abuse facility for women in Redwood City, CA, in April 2001.
  • Awarded (with Debra Satz) the 2010 Stanford University Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize, recognizing “Stanford faculty who engage and involve students in integrating academic scholarship with significant and meaningful volunteer service to society.”


Rusk Elementary School, Houston, TX

Sixth Grade Teacher




Disciplinary Service

Manuscript Reviewer


Princeton University Press

University of Chicago Press

Harvard University Press

Stanford University Press


Yale University Press


Palgrave MacMillan

Longman Publishers

Lexington Books


Broadview Press


American Political Science Review

PS: Political Science & Politics

Perspectives in Politics


Political Theory

Res Publica

Ethics and Economics


Politics, Philosophy & Economics

Canadian Journal of Philosophy

Journal of Political Philosophy

Philosophy Compass

Philosophical Review


Social Theory and Practice

Ethics and International Affairs

Educational Policy

Educational Theory

Journal of School Choice

Studies in Philosophy and Education

Theory and Research in Education


Committee Membership

2002- 2005 American Political Science Association, Member of the Standing Committee on Civic Education and Engagement, 2002-2005.

2009-2012 Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford, 2009-2012.

2007-present Stanford University Strategic Advisory Group on Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Faculty, 2007-present.

2005-2006 Philosophy of Education Society Annual Program Committee, 2005-06.

2009-2011 Committee on Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid (C-UAFA), 2009-2011.

2010-2014 Faculty Service Learning Committee, Haas Center for Public Service, 2010-14.

2010-2014 Faculty Steering Committee, McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, 2010-14.

2010-2014 Faculty Steering Committee, Structured Liberal Education (SLE), 2010-14.


Service to Stanford

2015-present Faculty Director, Center for Ethics in Society

2014-present Search Committee for new Dean, Graduate School of Education

2014-present Faculty Advisory Committee, Vice Provost for Online Learning

2013 Review Committee, Miriam Roland Prize, Haas Center

2012-2014 Elected to the Faculty Senate, Stanford University

2012-2014 Breadth Governance Board

2012-2013 Chair, Graduate Admissions Committee, Dept. of Political Science

2011-present Advisory Board, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS)

2008-2015 Faculty Director, Program on Ethics in Society

2008-present Faculty Co-Director, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

2006-2008 Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dept. of Political Science

2005-2008 Curriculum Committee, Dept. of Political Science

2000-2002 Graduate Admissions Committee, Dept. of Political Science

Multiple Search Committees, Dept. of Political Science

Review Committee, John Gardner Fellowship, Haas Center


Grant and Fellowship Reviewer

2004, 2005 Spencer Foundation (Reviewed fellowship applications)

2002-2006, 2010 Stanford Humanities Center (Reviewed fellowship applications)


Other Service and Outreach

1999-2005 Senior Research Associate, The Aspen Institute.

Contribute to planning, design, and execution of annual workshop of the Aspen Institute Program on Education in a Changing Society.

2008- 2015 Board of Trustees, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Executive Committee, Audit Committee, Nominating Committee.

2008-present Moderator, Aspen Institute Seminars.

2010-2012 Member, National Commission on Civic Investment in Public Education.

2012- present Co-Founder and Advisor to the #GivingTuesday campaign.

2012- present Board of Trustees, Boston Review.

2013-present Board of Trustees, GiveWell.org.