Assistant Professor of the Philosophy of Justice, Rights and Social Change
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
General topics in applied moral and political philosophy; comparative religions; theories of justice; development ethics; theories of democracy; the works of Amartya Sen and the Human Development and Capabilities Approach
Raj completed his PhD at the University of California, Irvine in the humanities where he studied under the French philosopher Jacques Derrida, the founder of deconstruction. Subsequently, he did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley and a D.A.A.D. research scientist fellowship in Germany where he published articles in continental European philosophy. From 2006-2009, he was an adjunct lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and continued to serve on the Provost Council for College Eight at the University until June 2012. His current research interests and disciplinary expertise include the following: twentieth century Anglo-American and European moral and political philosophy, theories of modernization and social-historical change, epistemology and the sociology of knowledge in comparative religious studies, and comparisons of Western philosophy and traditional African, Indian and Chinese philosophy. Teaching interests include the Anglo-American, European and Global South traditions of philosophical ethics and theories of justice when applied to sustainable development issues.
In the summer of 2010 Raj volunteered with the Jesuit Refugee Services in Rome. In the summer of 2011 he visited different universities in Ghana to learn more about their development studies curricula while visiting development projects in the rural villages of Northern Ghana. In the summer of 2012 Raj visited with Jesuit academic faculty at St. Xavier's College in Mumbai, India to explore collaborations on social justice initiatives and worked with the Center for Social Justice and Governance at the Tata Institute for Social Sciences offering guest lectures and participating in several discussion groups on development ethics and global justice research and curricula. In the summer of 2013, Raj visited the UN Ethics office based in New York. Upon a successful series of meetings he was recently approved by the UN's leadership to co-author an article on the nature, function and mission of the UN Ethics office with its director.
In addition to being a full-time faculty member of the Heller School, he is a member of the core faculty in the new Masters Degree Program in Comparative Humanities within the Division of the Humanities and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
University of California, Irvine, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley, B.A.
Awards and Honors
Member, Council of European Studies Research Network- Historical Study of States and Regimes, Columbia University (2013)
Member of the Development Studies Association (2012)
American Academy of Religion: Member of the International Development and Religion Working Group (2011)
Association of American Geographers: "Ask A Geographer Resource: Geography of Religion and Belief Systems" (2011)
Member of the Committee on Religion and Faith in the Public Square (2011)
Member of the Human Development and Capabilities Association (2011)
Member of the International Development Ethics Association (2011)
Member of the American Philosophical Association's Research Working Group: "Philosophers for Jesuit Education" (2010)
Fellow, College Eight, University of California, Santa Cruz (2006)
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, Research Scientist Fellow, Bremen Universitaet (1999)
Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley (1996 - 1998)
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