Adam Omar Hosein
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Affiliate Professor of Law; Director of the Politics, Philosophy and Economics Program
Adam Hosein is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Program, and Affiliate Professor of Law at Northeastern. Prof. Hosein works mainly in moral, political, and legal philosophy, with a special interest in areas of international concern and issues relating to race or gender.
Before coming to Northeastern, Prof. Hosein was an Associate Prof. at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has held fellowships and visiting positions at Chicago Law, Harvard University philosophy department, the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and the Université Catholique de Louvain. He holds a BA in philosophy, politics, and economics from Merton College, Oxford and a PhD from MIT.
He recently published The Ethics of Migration: An Introduction (Routledge, 2019) and is currently working on a book about discrimination, including anti-discrimination law, entitled Discrimination, Inclusion, and Social Progress (under contract with Oxford University Press).
- The Ethics of Migration: An Introduction (Routledge, 2019).
- “Racial Profiling and a Reasonable Sense of Inferior Political Status,” The Journal of Political Philosophy Vol. 26, No. 3 (2018), pp. e1-e20.
- “Freedom, Sex-Roles, and Anti-Discrimination Law,” Law and Philosophy Vol. 34, No. 5 (2015), pp. 485-517. Awarded Honorable Mention for the American Philosophical Association’s Kavka/UCI Prize in Political Philosophy
- “Is Anything Just Plain Good?” Philosophical Studies Vol. 172, No. 6 (2015), pp. 1485-1508(with Mahrad Almotahari).
- “Immigration: The Case for Legalization,” Social Theory and Practice Vol. 40, No. 4 (2014), pp. 609-630.
- “Doing, Allowing, and the State,” Law and Philosophy Vol. 33, No. 2 (2014), pp. 235-264.
- “Immigration and Freedom of Movement,” Ethics and Global Politics Vol. 6, No. 1 (2013), pp. 25–37.
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Ph.D., MIT, 2009
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Social and Political Philosophy
Focuses on basic questions about the nature of the state and the relationship of individuals to the state. What basis is there for individuals to obey the laws of the state? What conditions must a government meet to be legitimate? What justification can be given for democratic forms of government? Also examines what sorts of controls the state should exert over citizens, and what benefits citizens have a right to expect from the state.
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