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Ranjoo S. Herr

Associate Professor, Philosophy
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1992
B.L., B.A. , Seoul National University, 1988
Office: Morison Hall 225 | 781.891._2627 |
Department Phone: 781.891._2240 | Department Fax: 781.891.2324

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Topics of my research intersect Political and Social Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, and Comparative Philosophy, encompassing major themes of democracy, nationalism, human rights, multiculturalism, and gender justice.

Teaching Interests

Global Justice/Globalization, Philosophy of Race, Feminist Theory, Environment/ Consumption, East Asian Philosophy, Introduction to Philosophy

Research Interests

Political Philosophy (Democracy, Human Rights, Nationalism), Feminist Philosophy, Social Philosophy (Race, Multiculturalism), Third World/Transnational Feminism, Normative Ethics, Comparative Philosophy (East Asia/West)

Awards and Honors

2015, Bentley Faculty Grant, Bentley University
2015, NEH Summer Institute Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities
2010, NEH Summer Seminar Grant , National Endowment for the Humanities
2008, 2015 Bentley Dean's International Travel Fund, Bentley University
2007, 2014 Bentley College Center for Arts and Sciences Fellow, Bentley University
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Bentley Publication Award (discontinued after 2009), Bentley University
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Bentley Summer Research Grant, Bentley University
1998, The Korea Research Foundation (Hankuk Haksul Jinheung Jaedan) Grant
1996, The Best Article of the Year Award, the Korean Association of Philosophical Studies.
1995, The Article of the Year Award (Woo-Am prize) offered by the American Studies Association of Korea (ASAK)


Journal Article(s)
Herr, R. S. Islamist Women’s Agency and Relational Autonomy . Hypatia. Forthcoming

Herr, R. S. (2017). Too Liberal for Global Governance? International Legal Human Rights System and Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Self-Determination Journal of International Political Theory , 13 (2). Forthcoming

Herr, R. S., Dotson, K., Khader, S., Nyanzi, S., Fatima, S. (2017). Musings: ‘Third World Women’ or ‘Women of Color’? Hypatia special issue, Contested Terrains: Women of Color, Third World Women, Feminisms, and Geopolitics, 32 (3 ). Forthcoming

Herr, R. S. (2016). Can Transnational Feminist Solidarity Accommodate Nationalism? Reflections from the Case Study of Korean “Comfort Women” Hypatia, 31 (1), 41–57.

Herr, R. S. (2014). Reclaiming Third World Feminism: Or Why Transnational Feminism Needs Third World Feminism. Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, 12 (1), 1–30.

Herr, R. S. (2012). Confucian Family for a Feminist Future . Asian Philosophy, 22 (4 ), 327-346. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2010). Confucian Democracy and Equality. Asian Philosophy, 20 (3), 261–282. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2010). Agency without Autonomy: Valuational Agency. Journal of Global Ethics , 6 (3), 239–254. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2009). Democracy in Decent Nonliberal Nations: A Defense. Philosophical Forum, 40 (3), 309-337. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2008). Politics of Difference and Nationalism: On Iris Young's Global Vision. Hypatia, 23 (3), 39-59. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2008). Philosopher's Contribution to the Empowerment of Local Practitioners:A Response to Christine Koggel. The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 46, 131-37. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2008). Cultural Claims and the Limits of Liberal Democracy. Social Theory and Practice, 34 (1), 25-48. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2007). Liberal Presumptions: A Response to Curtis. Political Theory, 35 (3), pp. 341-47. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2007). Liberal Multiculturalism: An Oxymoron? Philosophical Forum, 38 (1), 23-41. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2006). In Defense of Non-liberal Nationalism. Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy, 34 (3), 304-327. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2004). A Third World Feminist Defense of Multiculturalism. Social Theory and Practice: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal of Social Philosophy, 30 (1), 73-103. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2003). The Possibility of Nationalist Feminism. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 18 (3), 135-160. (link)

Herr, R. S. (2003). Is Confucianism Compatible with Care Ethics?: A Critique Philosophy East & West: A Quarterly of Comparative Philosophy, 53 (4), 471-489. (link)

Herr, R. S. (1999). Rawlsian Liberalism and Challenges from Contemporary Ethical theories. Journal of Philosophical Studies (Korean publication), 46 (Fall), pp. 217-244.

Herr, R. S., Kim, H. (1999). Confucianism and Contemporary Perspectives in Western Ethics . Philosophy (Korean publication), 61 (Winter), 319-350.

Herr, R. S. (1995). Is Cultural Diversity Compatible with Feminism: Confucianism and the Women's Cause. Journal of American Studies (Korean publication), 27 (December), 153-170.

Herr, R. S. (1994). Why Procedural Principles are Preferable to Substantive Principles. Philosophy (Korean publication), 42 (Autumn), 355-384.

Herr, R. S. (1994). Should We Treat Animals Morally? (in Korean) Philosophy and Reality, 249-275.

Herr, R. S. (1993). Procedural Autonomy. Philosophy (Korean publication), 40 (Autumn), 92-114.

Herr, R. S. (1993). Feminism and Autonomy (in Korean). Philosophy and Reality , 227-242.

Gilligan, C, Herr, R. S. (1997). Darun Moksoriro (Korean translation of In a Different Voice). Seoul, South Korea: Dong-Nyuk Pubishing Company.

Edited Volumes
Herr, R. S, Park, S. (Ed.). (2017). Contested Terrains: Women of Color, Third World Women, Feminisms, and Geopolitics. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy

Book Chapters
Herr, R. S. (2018). Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Self-Determination in the Age of Legal Globalization. Taming Power in Times of Globalisation . Brill

Herr, R. S. (2017). Feminism, Nationalism and Transnationalism. Bloomsbury Companion to Analytic Feminism. Bloomsbury

Herr, R. S. (2016). Confucian Mothering: The Origin of Tiger Mothering?. In Mathew A. Foust and Sor-hoon Tan (Eds.), FEMINIST ENCOUNTERS WITH CONFUCIUS. Brill

Herr, R. S. (2014). Confucian Family-State and Women: A Proposal for Confucian Feminism. In Ashley Butnor, Jen McWeeny (Eds.), Liberating Traditions: Essays in Feminist Comparative Philosophy.  (pp. 261–282). N.Y., N.Y. : . Columbia UP

Herr, R. S. (2013). Third World, Transnational, and Global Feminisms. In Patrick Mason (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Race and Racism Vol.4 (second ed.) (pp. 190-195). Routledge

Herr, R. S. (2013). ‘Comfort Women’ and Japan’s National Responsibility. In Melissa Nobles and Jun-Hyeok Kwak (Eds.), Historical Reconciliation and Inherited Responsibility. Routledge

Herr, R. S. (2010). Confucianism's Political Implications for the Modern World. In Miguel Vatter (Eds.), Crediting God: The Fate of Religion and Politics in the Age of Global Capitalism. . Bronx, N.Y.: . Fordham University Press (link)

Herr, R. S. (2006). A Third World Feminist Defense of Multiculturalism (trans. into Chinese). In Will Kymlicka, Depu Ma (Eds.), Collected Works in Sino-Western Political Culture, Vol. 5. . Tianjin, China: . Tianjin People's Press (link)

Herr, R. S. (2005). Reflections on Euthanasia (in Korean). Happy Blue Jeans: Is “Happy” Life Good Life? (pp. 86-102). Seoul, S.Korea: . Woong-Jin Co

Herr, R. S. (1996). Overcoming 'Femininity' and 'Masculinity' (in Korean). Philosophy and Emotion  (pp. 175-212). Seoul: . Mineum Publishing Co

Herr, R. S. (1995). Reflections on Euthanasia (in Korean). In C.H. Kim (Eds.), Do I Know the Truth?  (pp. 217-239). Seoul, S.Korea: . Woong-Jin Co

Herr, R. S. (1995). Justice and Care (in Korean). Justice and the Contemporary World  (pp. 314-342). Seoul, S. Korea: . Philosophy and Reality Co

Herr, R. S. (1993). The Procedure of 'Intentionalization' (in Korean). Social Development and the Aim of Philosophy  (pp. 523-540). Taegu: . Imun Co

Herr, R. S. (1993). Inconsistency in the Notion of Deontological Autonomy (in Korean). Reflections on Social Contract  (pp. 337-360). Seoul: . Philosophy and Reality Co

Herr, R. S. (1993). A Feminist Challenge to L. Kohlberg's Moral Development Theory (in Korean). Major Issues in Social Philosophy III  (pp. 328-352). Seoul: . Mineum Co

Conference Presentations

Herr, R. S. (2017). "Confucian Democracy as Nonliberal Democracy." Presented at the Center for Political Thought, RCHSS, Academia Sinica's International Conference on “The Voices of Democracy in Confucianism”, Taipei City, Taiwan.

Herr, R. S. (2017). "Confucian Mothering: The Origin of Tiger Mothering?" Presented at the Nanyang Technological University's International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy , Singapore.

Herr, R. S. (2016). "Feminism, Nationalism and Transnationalism." Presented at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell's Society for Analytic Feminism Conference, Lowell, MA.

Herr, R. S. (2015). "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Regime: Too Liberal for Global Governance?" Presented at the The Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland's The Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland.

Herr, R. S. (2012). "Can Liberalism Justify Indigenous People’s Moral Right to Self-Determination?" Presented at the Global Justice Program Meeting , Yale University, New Haven, CT..

Herr, R. S. (2011). "Confucian Democracy and Equality." Presented at the City University of Hong Kong's Public Lecture, Hong Kong.

Herr, R. S. (2011). "Reclaiming Third World Feminism." Presented at the Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST) Conference, Zion, Illinois.

Herr, R. S. (2010). "Confucian Family for a Feminist Future." Presented at the City University of Hong Kong's International Conference on “Confucian and Liberal Perspectives on Family, State, and Civil Society", Hong Kong, China.

Herr, R. S. (2010). "Political Liberalism and Equal Respect for Persons." Presented at the Reed College's The Association for Political Theory (APT) Conference, Portland, Oregon.


Department Service
Mentor (Faculty) for LSM, 2010 - Present
Course Coordinator for LSM, 2016 - 2016
Committee Member for Search Committee, 2015 - 2016

University Service
Committee Member for Research Council, 2015 - Present
Committee Member for Valente Center Advisory Board, 2013 - Present
faculty host for Valente Center Visiting Scholar Alison Jaggar, 2015 - 2015
Committee Member for Research Committee, 2010 - 2011
Committee Member for Academic Standards Committee, 2008 - 2011
Committee Member for Bentley International Film Series Organization Committee , 2006 - 2011
Committee Member for Faculty Nominations Committee , 2006 - 2011

Professional Service
Co-editor (with Shelley Park) for Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy special issue, Contested Terrains: Women of Color, Third World Women, Feminisms, and Geopolitics , 2015 - 2017
Reviewer, Journal Article for Frontiers: Journal of Women’s Studies, 2015 - 2015
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of Women’s History, 2015 - 2015
Committee Chair for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST), Program Committee co-Chair (with Shelley Park), 2013 - 2015
Reviewer, Journal Article for Hypatia, 2014 - 2014
Reviewer, Journal Article for Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 2013 - 2013
Committee Member for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST), Program Committee, 2012 - 2013
Committee Member for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST), Program Committee, 2010 - 2011
Reviewer, Journal Article for DAO: A JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY , 2010 - 2010
Reviewer, Journal Article for Journal of International Political Theory , 2010 - 2010
Reviewer, Journal Article for American Political Science Review , 2009 - 2009
Reviewer, Journal Article for Hypatia , 2009 - 2009
Reviewer, Journal Article for Philosophy East & West , 2009 - 2009
Reviewer, Journal Article for Social Theory and Practice , 2009 - 2009
Reviewer, Journal Article for Women’s Studies International Forum, 2008 - 2008

Public Service
International Women’s Day "Women's Rights are Human Rights" Webinar, 2016 - 2016