• Senior Fellow, College of Law
  • Senior Fellow, College Of Law

Research Summary

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


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 (2012-16), and a Faculty Director 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. in philosophy 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 Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Oregon, a Gowen Fellow at the University of Washington, 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 20 volumes published to date. His publications include The Ethics of Preventive War (Cambridge, 2013); Democracy in a Global World: Human Rights and Political Participation in the 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007); Ethics of Assistance: Morality and the Distant Needy (Cambridge, 2004); and with Don E. Scheid, Ethics and Foreign Intervention (Cambridge, 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, Philosopy East and West, and The Good Society.

Professor Chatterjee is on the Editorial Advisory Board of several leading journals, including Ethics & International AffairsJournal 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.

Professor Chatterjee has been a Robert J. Meyers Fellow at the Carnegie Council in 2018 and a recipient of the Daniels Fund Leadership Award in Business Ethics Education at the David Eccles School of Business in 2016. 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 Dee Endowment Grant for Teaching Enhancement at the University of Utah, most recently in 2007. Also 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. As an avid animal rights activist, he has also been working with several animal welfare organizations.  

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 on Global Justice: Economic Globalization, Crisis, and the Common Good

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 the joint recipients of a Documentary Studies Grant to make a documentary film on the plight of child soldiers in Sierra Leone. The film was shot on location and has been featured in various events across the US. 



Professor Chatterjee travels widely for his various academic and trusteeship engagements nationally and internationally. He visits Oxford twice a year to co-teach a human rights seminar under the auspices of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict (ELAC). His other recent foreign travels include a ten-day visit to Brazil on an Oxford Consortium Global South Initiative, a visit to Cuba and several trips to Costa Rica as a trustee of the 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 trips - by invitation - to Ireland, Switzerland, Greece, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Turkey, India, and Australia.