• Senior Fellow, College of Law


Deen K. 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 Human Rights Consortium. 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, human security, ethics of war and peace, religion, and human rights.

He is the editor-in-chief of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Global Justice (2011) and the series editor of Studies in Global Justice. 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).

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 Faculty Fellow at the Summer Institute of The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University 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 2007, he was awarded the Pax Natura Peace Prize and in 2000, he was awarded the Barbara and Norman Tanner Faculty Mentor Grant for the Prevention of Violence.

Professor Chatterjee was 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. 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: Conference and Lecture Series

International Conference on Tagore's Philosophy of Education

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

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 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


Professor Chatterjee travels widely as a hobby and as part of his various engagements nationally and internationally. He recently returned from a three-week trip to Japan on a Carnegie Council assignment on technology and risk, where he was part of a select group headed by Harvard's Michael Ignatieff. His other recent travels included several trips to England, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Costa Rica, and India. Earlier, in the summer of 2012, as a trustee of Pax Natura, he visited Costa Rica where he attended a Pax Natura award ceremony with the President of Costa Rica at her residence in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Research Summary

Areas of Specialization: Justice and Global Initiative; Ethics of War and Peace; Multiculturalism; Religion; Human Rights