DEEN CHATTERJEE

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DEEN CHATTERJEE portrait
  • Senior Fellow, College Of Law, University of Utah

Biography

Biography

Deen K. Chatterjee is Senior Advisor and Professorial Fellow in the S.J.Quinney College of Law and a Global Ethics Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York City. Earlier he was a member of the philosophy faculty at the University of Utah. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. His areas of specialization are justice and global initiative, ethics of war and peace, and philosophy of religion and culture.

Professor Chatterjee has held visiting faculty appointments at the University of Washington, The New School University, and the University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Shipboard Education, where he sailed around the world for a semester on the Institute's "floating campus." He has also been a Faculty Fellow at the University of Utah and Eccles Faculty Fellow at the Tanner Humanities Center, a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder and at the University of Oregon, an NEH Fellow at the Summer Institute of The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard on a David P. Gardner Faculty Fellowship.

Professor Chatterjee has been twice awarded the Thomas D. Dee II Endowment Grant for Teaching Enhancement at the University of Utah, most recently in 2006-07. In addition, he is a recipient of the ASUU Student Choice Teaching Award in 2010-2011 and, also in the same year, the Annual Faculty Award from the Center for Disability Services in recognition of his support of students with disabilities on campus. In 2000, he was awarded the Barbara and Norman Tanner Faculty Mentor Grant for the Prevention of Violence.

Professor Chatterjee is the Faculty Advisor of SHIFT (Secular Humanism, Inquiry and Freethought)--a campus student organization. Earlier, he was the Faculty Advisor of the campus chapters of Freethought Society and Amnesty International.

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Documentary Film

Professor Chatterjee and the noted film producer/director Trent Harris were jointly awarded a Documentary Studies Grant at the University of Utah to make a film on the plight of child soldiers in Sierra Leone. The film, recently completed and featured in various events, is titled "Sierra Leone: Diamonds, Cannibals, Children with Guns."

Select Op-Ed/Editorials

Holiday perpetuates stereotypes
Hatred and bigotry are immoral, homosexuality is not
Moral values? Let's get serious about them
New world needs a new definition of patriotism
Believing in God can be a reasonable choice
Should morality be based on God?
LDS and executions

Travel

Professor Chatterjee travels widely as a hobby and as part of his profession. Along with his various conference and project engagements nationally and internationally, his recent travels included a visit to Costa Rica (summer 2012) where, as a trustee of Pax Natura, he attended an award ceremony with the President of Costa Rica at her residence in San José.