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Distinguished Professor of Philosophy; Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion

Serena Parekh is a Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. She co-edits the journal, Feminist Philosophy Quarterly. She is the author of three books, including her most recent book, No Refuge: Ethics and the Global Refugee Crisis (Oxford 2020), which won the North American Society for Social Philosophy Book Award, the Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award, and was a finalist for the PROSE award for Philosophy from the Association of American Publishers. Professor Parekh has been interviewed as an expert on refugees in a wide variety of media including the New York Times, BBC World Service, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, Newsweek, ABC News, Bloomberg, Slate, and CTV News in Canada, among others.

Other books include Refugees and the Ethics of Forced Displacement (Routledge in 2017), (available to read for free via Open Access) and Hannah Arendt and the Challenge of Modernity: A Phenomenology of Human Rights (Routledge 2008), which was also translated into Chinese. She has also published numerous articles on social and political philosophy in Hypatia, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and Human Rights Quarterly. Her primary philosophical interests are in social and political philosophy, feminist theory, and global justice.

  • No Refuge: Ethics and the Global Refugee Crisis. New York: Oxford University Press, October 2020
  • Refugees and the Ethics of Forced Displacement. New York: Routledge, 2017
  • Hannah Arendt and the Challenge of Modernity: A Phenomenology of Human Rights. Routledge Press, 2008.
  • Refugee Crisis: The Borders of Human Mobility (Routledge, 2018). Edited and with an introduction by Melina Duarte, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, and Annamari Vitikainen.
  • “Reframing the Refugee Crisis: From Rescue to Interconnection” Ethics and Global Politics. March 2020.
  • “Feminist Perspectives on Globalization.” Co-written with Shelly Wilcox. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (January 2020)
  • “Structural Injustice and Responsibility.” Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy, Ann Garry, Serene Khader, and Alison Stone eds. New York: Routledge, 2017.


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