• Senior Fellow, College of Law


Deen Chatterjee is Senior Advisor and Professorial Fellow in the S.J. Quinney College of Law, a Global Ethics Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York City, and a Faculty Director and Mentor at the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights. Earlier he was a member of the philosophy faculty at the University of Utah. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He has taught at the New School for Social Research, the University of Washington, 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 been an Eccles Faculty Fellow at the Tanner Humanities Center, a Faculty Fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder and at the University of Oregon, and an NEH Faculty Fellow at the Summer Institute of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. In addition, he has held a David Gardner Faculty Fellowship at Harvard University.

He is the editor-in-chief of the two-volume 1200-page Encyclopedia of Global Justice (2011) and the series editor of Studies in Global Justice, with 17 volumes published to date. His publications include The Ethics of Preventive War (2013); Democracy in a Global World: Human Rights and Political Participation in the 21st Century (2007); Ethics of Assistance: Morality and the Distant Needy (2004); and with Don E. Scheid, Ethics and Foreign Intervention (2003). Besides contributing chapters in several anthologies and encyclopedias, he has published articles and reviews in many leading journals, including The Monist, Metaphilosophy, Ethics & International Affairs, Philosophy & Social CriticismEthics, The Journal of Moral Philosophy, Social Philosophy Today, and The Good Society.

Professor Chatterjee has been awarded the Robert J. Meyers Fellows Fund by the Carnegie Council in 2018 for implementing the pedagogy of human rights and peace in two primary educational institutions in India and Costa Rica. Earlier, he was a recipient of the University of Utah Student Choice Teaching Award in 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 addition, he 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 2007, he was awarded the Pax Natura Peace Prize, and in 2000, he received the Barbara and Norman Tanner Faculty Mentor Grant for the Prevention of Violence.

Professor Chatterjee has been 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.

Professor Chatterjee is on the Editorial Advisory Board of several leading journals, including Ethics & International Affairs, Journal of Social Philosophy, and Journal of Global Ethics, and has been an Advisory Editor of The Monist. He has also been a member of the American Philosophical Association's Advisory Committee on Applied Ethics, a two-term member of the Association's Committee on International Cooperation, and a member of the Search Committee for the Association's executive director.

Other Profile Data

Project Director: Conferences and Lecture Series

International Conference on Tagore's Philosophy of Education (co-directed with Martha Nussbaum)

Tanner Human Rights Center’s 2014 International Conference: Building Peace in the 21st Century

Tanner Human Rights Center's 2012 International Conference: Global Justice

Democracy in South Asia Forum

Dee Lecture Series on Poverty and War (co-directed with Bruce Landesman)

Gender, Diversity, and Identity: An International and Interdisciplinary Women's Forum

Feminism, Multiculturalism, and Group Rights

International Conference on Ethics and National Boundaries

National Conference on Violence and Nonviolence, University of Utah, 1998


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 documentary film on the plight of child soldiers in Sierra Leone. The film has been featured in various events locally and nationally. 



Professor Chatterjee travels widely for his various academic and trusteeship engagements nationally and internationally. He visits Oxford twice a year to co-teach a seminar on human rights in conflict and peace-building. His other recent foreign travels include a visit to Cuba and several trips to Costa Rica as a trustee of Pax Natura Foundation, a three-week trip to Japan (including a site visit to Fukushima) on a Carnegie Council assignment on technology and risk, and other invited trips to Ireland, Switzerland, Greece, Sweden, Denmark, India, and Australia. 

Research Summary

Areas of Specialization: Justice and Human Rights; Ethics of War and Peace; Multiculturalism; Religion and Politics.